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    Elysis Moves Toward Commercial Demonstration of Its Carbon Free Aluminum Technology

    Elysis, the joint venture between Rio Tinto and Alcoa, has successfully produced aluminum without any direct greenhouse emissions using its proprietary inert anode technology at its Industrial Research and Development Center in Saguenay, Quebec, Canada. According to the company, this marks a significant milestone in moving toward a full industrial cell design at a size […]

  • Rio Tinto-Carbfix-Carbfix CEO Edda Sif Aradottir and Rio Tinto Aluminium Chief Executive Ivan Vella at Carbfix facilities.

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    Rio Tinto and Carbfix Partner to Implement Carbon Capture and Storage

    Rio Tinto signed an MOU with Carbfix through which the two companies will partner to implement a technology for capturing carbon and permanently storing it underground at the ISAL aluminum smelter in Iceland. Called the Coda Terminal, this will be the world’s first carbon mineral storage hub — making ISAL the first smelter where carbon […]

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    Successful ALUMINIUM Business Summit Leads to a Bright Trade Show Future

    At the end of September, the ALUMINIUM Business Summit in Düsseldorf, Germany, premiered as a hybrid event, featuring both in-person and online presentations. Jointly hosted by Aluminium Deutschland, European Aluminium, CRU Group, and the ALUMINIUM trade show (via Reed Exhibitions), the event was conceived to provide a combination of condensed, cutting-edge information and top-class networking. […]

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    Elysis Began Construction of Its Commercial-Scale Inert Anode Cells

    Elysis, the joint venture company led by Alcoa and Rio Tinto, started construction on the first commercial-scale prototype cells using its proprietary inert anode technology. The demonstration cells are being installed at Rio Tinto’s Alma smelter in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec. The new technology is said to eliminate all direct greenhouse gases from the aluminum smelting process. […]

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    Study on Potential Technology to Decarbonize Alumina Industry

    Rio Tinto has partnered with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to study whether hydrogen can replace natural gas in alumina refineries to reduce emissions. Rio Tinto will conduct a A$1.2 million feasibility study, equally funded with ARENA through a A$580,000 grant, into using clean hydrogen to replace natural gas in the calcination process of […]

  • A3 Surfaces anti-microbial aluminum anodizing surface finishing

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    A3 Surfaces Continues Its Development of Antimicrobial Anodized Aluminum

    A3 Surfaces is currently constructing a new plant in Saguenay, Québec, Canada. The plant will enable the company to research and manufacture antimicrobial anodized aluminum, a proprietary technology that is unique in the world. This technology aims to become a key factor in the fight against viral or bacterial disease transmission through a self-disinfecting biocidal surface […]

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    Aluminum Companies Implement Blockchain Technologies to Trace Sustainability

    Over the past several years, people around the world have showed an increased focus on and demand for more sustainable products. The aluminum industry has responded to this need by developing new technologies to improve the environmental performance of its operations, as well as introducing standards to measure the effect of these developments. Many primary […]

  • Figure 2. Demolition and removal of SPL from an aluminum cell cathode.

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    The SPL Waste Management Challenge in Primary Aluminum

    By Alton Tabereaux, Contributing Editor. Spent potlining (SPL) disposal is one of the largest environmental waste management challenges confronting worldwide primary aluminum smelters due to its toxicity. The International Aluminium Institute (IAI) asserts that 1.6 million tons of SPL were generated from primary aluminum production in 2019,1 making it the second largest waste volume produced […]

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    Rio Tinto Sells First Batch of Aluminum-Scandium Alloy for 3D Printing

    Rio Tinto began construction of a new commercial scale demonstration plant at its Rio Tinto Fer et Titane (RTFT) metallurgical complex in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec. When the plant begins operation, Rio Tinto will become the first producer of high-quality scandium oxide in North America. In addition, the new facility will enable the production of high quality […]