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Profitable and Sustainable Cell Technology for Hydro Aluminium smelters (REAL)

Alternative title: Lønnsom og bærekraftig teknologi for Hydro Aluminium smelteverk (REAL)

Awarded: NOK 15.9 mill.

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2020 - 2023

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The REAL project shall develop and prototype novel elements for two of Hydro Aluminiums technology platforms used to produce primary aluminium metal. Several prototypes are currently developed and testing new concepts for both superstructure and cathode. The project has also made good progress in developing fundamental knowledge on cathode heat balance.

Main idea for RÉAL is to develop new innovative solutions for profitable and sustainable primary aluminium production creating improved performance, production increase and potential for CO2 capture. The main innovations: - New low gas suction volume technology; GTC power reductions and enabler for future carbon capture. - Novel cathode design for improved performance and production increase. In particular increaded cell life. The project shall contribute to secure Hydro’s position as a national and international aluminium producer, and a world leader in development of profitable and sustainable technology. It is now particularly important to secure internal research competence and capacity in a very difficult marked and financial situation.


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