Metal Production

Metal Production

Resource efficient metal production from a clean industry

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PhD. student pouring coke in the melting lab. Photograph.

Metal Production is an interdisciplinary Centre for Research-based Innovation (SFI). During the next decades, the Norwegian metal industry will need to achieve even higher-quality output with more efficient use of resources and energy.

The main goal of Metal Production is to enable industrial innovation and give the industry long term access to world class fundamental competence and candidates. This will enable the industry to maintain its position at the forefront of sustainable innovation.

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New EU-financed project for SINTEF and NTNU

12 January, 2021 - SINTEF and NTNU are partners in a newly awarded EU financed project called HARARE. The project will demonstrate sustainable pathways to produce metals using hydrogen as an enabler. The project will eliminate waste from the metallurgical industry while recovering valuable materials. Read more about the new project here. 

Sustainability Award to Tranell and Jafarian

Sustainability award. Photo09 January, 2021 - The Faculty of Natural sciences at NTNU has awarded employees and students with outstanding achievements in 2020. This week Gabriella Tranell and Jafar Safarian at SFI Metal Production received The Sustainability award for their invention of the SisAl process, a process where silicon is produced with low environmental impact using secondary Aluminium and silicon raw materials.

Silicon is an critical element for Europe, and has – among other things -  importance for green-tech industries. The new process is far more environmentally and economically sustainable than the traditional process, and the industry is interested in using it.

Congratulations, Gabriella and Jafar!

Battery project. PhotoNew spin-off project on automotive battery recycling

08 January, 2021 - In 2019, it was estimated that only about 5 % of lithium-ion batteries were recycled. The market for lithium-ion batteries is expected to grow tenfold the coming decade, mostly driven by the growth in the number of electrical vehicles. The low recycling rate and the high growth demonstrates the need for increased focus on recycling and improved recycling technologies. A team of scientists from SINTEF will the coming year be working on innovative solutions for recycling of batteries. Their new ideas spring from their wide experience in recycling of metals and molten salt electrochemistry. SINTEF is financing the project so that new inventions can be patented by SINTEF. Anne Kvithyll, Research Domain leader in SFI Metal Production, is the contact person to this project.

Sethu in lab. PhotoRole of silicon (SiC) in silicon/ferro silicon (Si/FeSi)

15 December, 2020 - The demand for high quality silicon is rapidly increasing in the solar cell industry and for production of photovoltaic applications. To meet this demand, the industrial production of silicon must be made more effective. An extensive knowledge of the role of silicon carbide in the silicon production process is vital. Read more about this in Sethulakshmy Jayakumari's (SFI Metal Production) blog at NTNU TechZone.

Merete in Finnsnes. PhotoWhen you can't go to Japan - go to Finnsnes!

03 December, 2020 - Every 5-10 years NTNU professors are excused of their teaching duties and have the possibility to visit other universities, or cooperating partners, to gain insight. 2020 was the year that Professor Merete Tangstad planned to go to China and Japan to spend some time at University of Science and Technology Beijing and University of Tokyo. Read about Merete’s experience with sabatical 2020, in her own words.

Screenshot Teams meeting. PhotoA Roundtable Discussion: Challenges for a Sustainable Aluminum Industry and Advice for the Next Generation

05 November, 2020 - Do you wonder what five well-known specialists both from primary and secondary aluminium industry think is the most critical challenges how we might face them? Then you should read the report from the discussion initiated by SFI RD leader Anne Kvithyld that is printed in the October issue of The Journal of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society,  JOM. You will notice the more optimistic view from China than USA and Europe. And last but not least you will find out what people late in their carriers would have liked to know when they started. 

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Aud Nina Wærnes, Centre Director

Aud Nina Wærnes

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