Resource efficient metal production from a clean industry
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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.
October 3rd, 2023 The eight years Centre period for SFI Metal Production has ended! Since 2015, the center has contributed with crucial research and educational activities throughout the entire value chain of metal production. The aim has been a cleaner, greener, and more resource-efficient metal industry.
In addition to being a cornerstone for research in metallurgical processes, the center has, among other things, received numerous awards for scientific work, been active contributors in public committees, such as Prosess21, and produced a large number of doctoral degrees and publications.
All partners in the center have made an impressive effort, and we are looking forward to the continuation of the important work that remains to achieve the goal of carbon-neutral metal production by 2050! The final report is available here.
September 26th , 2023 Haley Hoover successfully defended her thesis "Electrical Resistivity of Materials in the Silicon Furnace" September 26th
2023. The topic of Haley's presentation at the trial lecture was “Quantitative and qualitative environmental impacts of the international ferroalloy industry”. Read more here.
September 7th , 2023 Kamilla Arnesen successfully defended her thesis "PAH emissions from the metallurgical industry" September 5th 2023. Kamilla has done her PhD work in the SFI Metal Production research domain “Emissions and energy recovery". The topic of Kamilla's presentation at the trial lecture was “Airborne emissions from the Norwegian oil- and gas industry - state of the art and future perspectives”. Read more here.
May 16, 2023 A study from Kirkenes shows that sunflowers can absorb and store metals from contaminated soil (due to mining industry). Professor Gabriella Tranell from SFI Metal Production has participated in the study, and managed to show that 400 flowers had absorbed 13 grams of metal! Read more in this article at NRK.no (in Norwegian).
May 2, 2023 SFI Metal Production started the centre activities in April 2015. In 2023 the eight years centre period comes to an end, and it’s time to summarize the results, impact and innovations that have been produced during the centre period. The final Centre Meeting took place at Nidelven Hotel in Trondheim April 25th-26th. Read about the meeting and see pictures here.
March 29, 2023 The TMS 2023 152nd Annual Meeting and Exhibition was successfully held March 19-23 in San Diego in California with more than 3500 participants. During the 5 days conference, representatives from both NTNU and SINTEF gave talks and presented their work. Read more and see pictures here.
February 23, 2023 NTNU has taken out a patent for an industrial process that will remove all direct emissions of CO2 and NOx. The process has been named SisAl. With today’s technology, CO2 is formed when quartz reacts with carbon. Instead of carbon, the SisAl process uses aluminium as a reducing agent, thus avoiding the formation of CO2. Twenty-two partners in research and industry in Europe and South Africa have developed the process based on NTNU’s patent. You can read more about the project in this recently published article in Norwegian SciTech.
January 20, 2023 Sindre Engzelius Gylver successfully defended his thesis January 20th 2023. The topic of Sindre's presentation at the trial lecture was “Flue-gas Recycling in the Al-industry - Challenges and Opportunities”. The trial lecture was followed by an excellent presentation of his PhD thesis “Feeding of Alumina in Molten Cryolite Bath”. Read more