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.
14 January, 2022 - Dr. Håkon Myklebust successfully defended his thesis January 14th. The topic of Håkon’s presentation at the trial lecture was “Application of hydrogen as reducing agent in metal production”. The trial lecture was followed by an excellent presentation of his PhD thesis “Fume Formation and Measurements in the Metal-Production Industry”. Read more about Håkon's thesis here.
22 December, 2021 - SINTEF and NTNU have received funding from the Research Council for laboratory equipment related to Metal Production and Recycling. The equipment will enable advanced research in both pyro-, hydro- and electrochemical production.
The primary objective of the investment is to provide laboratory equipment supporting research in the transition to green, circular and sustainable metallurgy. SINTEF, with Dr Arne Petter Ratvik is the project owner and Professor Gabriella Tranell, co-director at SFI Metal Production, is leading the project from the NTNU side. Read more here.
21 December, 2021 - Congratulations to SFI research area leader Anne Kvithyld with the publication of the book Principles of Metal Refining and Recycling. The book provides a self-contained introduction to the field of purification and recycling of metals.
The scientific principles in the treatment of the various metals are the same. The importance of using a clean and properly alloyed metal is described in detail. The text covers thermodynamics, physical and transport properties, mixing, mass transfer and numerical models. Read more about the book here.
21 December, 2021 - The Research Council of Norway has granted Elkem NOK 16 million to develop a new concept for silicon production where all direct CO2 emissions are eliminated. This may become a game changer for the global silicon industry. Elkem already uses 83% renewable electricity in its operations and aims to be part of the solution to combat climate change. Silicon is a critical material for digital technologies and the green transition.
The project will run from 2022-2024. Elkem is project owner and Aasgeir Valderhaug is project manager. The Norwegian R&D institutes SINTEF and NORCE, and the pilot test centre Future Materials, will be research partners. Senior research scientist Eli Ringdalen participates in the project from SFI Metal Production. Read more here.
17 December, 2021 - Congratulations to Tizir and KPN Reduced CO2 with ENOVA funding to this important and ambitious project!
KPN Reduced CO2 is investigating the possibility to substitute fossile reductants with hydrogen in metallurgical processes including ilmenite production. This is now one step closer to industrialisation. The Norwegian ilmenite upgrader, TiZir, one of the partners i KPN Reduced CO2 have now recieved 261 mill. NOK in support from ENOVA to build a pilot and demonstration plant for pretreatment of ilmenite by hydrogen. Read more about the project at ENOVAs website (in Norwegian).
Annual Report 2020
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- INFACON XVI, Trondheim, Norway, 26-29 september 2021
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