The Innovation Hub - in close collaboration with its members - continues to support the development of EU project proposals along the aluminium value chain.
The Innovation Hub is a partner in two Horizon 2020 projects: RemovAl (Removing Waste from Alumina production) and AlSiCal (Towards sustainable mineral and metal industry: ZERO Bauxite Residue and ZERO CO2 from co-production of Alumina, Silica and precipitated Calcium carbonate by the Aranda-Mastin technology).
These two projects successfully began in 2018 and 2019. RemovAl is a four-year raw materials project aimed at converting bauxite residues and spent pot linings waste into resources.
The four-year AlSiCal project aims to produce alumina, silica and precipitated calcium carbonate, using new mineral resources, abundantly available worldwide.
European Aluminium also joined the Erasmus+ project “Skills Alliance for Industrial Symbiosis (SPIRE-SAIS),” which started in January 2020. Industrial symbiosis is the process by which waste or by‐products of an industry or industrial process become the raw materials for another. The main objectives of the project are to identify resource and knowledge gaps and to develop new training resources to support the circular economy and industrial symbiosis among different sectors.
Thanks to a partnership with MATPLUS, the ALUSELECT database has recently been redeveloped. Launched several years ago, ALUSELECT contains important data on the characteristics and properties of 35 wrought aluminium alloys and 12 cast alloys. Thanks to the new platform, users now have access to many additional tools to help them select the best alloy and temper for any given application.