A revolutionary project towards low-carbon aluminium production

This project was prepared in 2014, accepted in the framework of the H2020-SILC-II-2014 programme and launched the 1st May 2015 (duration 36 months). The project will aim at developing the manufacturing technologies of a specific anodic material that has shown previously at lab scale outstanding properties in high temperature and corrosive media of the aluminium electrolysis.

This new material will be tested for two applications: in aluminium production for the manufacturing of an inert anode up to industrial scale, and in hydrogen and fuel cell application.

This will allow Rio Tinto, leader of this project, to consider the replacement of the current carbon anode by inert anode, therefore achieving a major technology breakthrough. The use of inert anode in the aluminium production is expected to decrease by a minimum of 50% the CO2 emissions as compared to the current process with carbon anode.

Besides the technology development, the economic viability and the environmental impact of both the inert anode and its manufacturing process will be monitored.

Industrials, laboratories and state organizations of 4 European countries – France, Germany, Italy and The Netherlands – participate in the project.

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