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.

About Metal Production



How does material science relate to society?

23 March, 2020 - Member of the SFI Scientific Committee, Professor Jean-Pierre Birat, has published a book with a holistic vision of the connection between materials science, the environment and society. The title of the book is Sustainable Materials Science - Environmental Metallurgy. In his book Birat stresses that it is no longer possible to think of materials from the restricted standpoint of Materials and Engineering Sciences.

In its pluridisciplinary approach the book is meant for students, researchers, engineers, and concerned citizens interested in how materials, nature and people interact. Read more about the book here.

Registration is open - Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics In the Oil & Gas, Metallurgical and Process Industries, Trondheim June 2020

05 March, 2020 - SINTEF with partners (NTNU, MINTEK and CSIRO) organize a CFD conference in Trondheim June 9th-11th. Several submissions relate to metal production and metallurgical processes. A full day dedicated to CFD applied to metallurgy is planned for June 10th.
It is possible to buy a single day pass for this date. For more information on the conference, program and registration please see conference web page.

Presentation at Bellona seminar Oslo. PhotoField trip to Alcoa Mosjøen for new students on alumina dissolution

28 February, 2020 - As part of the kickoff for our new students on alumina dissolution, a field trip to Alcoa Mosjøen was organized in February. Guided by Kim Ronny Elstad and Martin Grimstad, we were given a detailed tour in potrooms to see alumina feeding in action. In order to gain insight of the real process, the crust was broken, enabling visualization and video recording of raft formation. Read more here.

Presentation at Bellona seminar Oslo. PhotoNorwegian Process Industry and Green Deal

-Bellona/SFI seminar in Oslo February 2020

18 February, 2020 - Norwegian industry is tightly connected to Europe through power trading. How is the power market system connected to the vision of a clean industry? How will «Green Deal» affect Norwegian industry? Are we able to reach the goals defined in the government’s roadmap for the process industry by 2050? These questions were addressed at an all-day seminar  organized by Bellona, FFF and SFI Metal Production in Oslo February 4th. Read more here.

Group picture guests from AachenWell attended joint seminar for the SFI and RWTH Aachen

13-14 January, 2020 - SFI Metal Production and IME, RWTH Aachen, organized a joint seminar in January entitled “The Versatile SAF”. The program included presentations from both academic and industrial partners in the SFI focusing primarily on production and modelling of primary production of metals using SAF Technology. Presentations from Aachen focused on various applications of SAF technology in processing of exotic materials such as sea nodules and valorization of secondary materials such as incineration bottom ash and slags from metal production. The seminar was well attended with over 30 participants. RWTH Aachen is a strategic partner for collaboration in both EU projects and student exchange.

Presentation at Alcoa. PhotoSeminar at Alcoa Mosjøen 

05 December, 2019 - An interesting workshop on innovation research in the aluminum industry was organized at Alcoa, Mosjøen, December 5th. Alcoa is one of the SFI Metal Production industry partners, and a delegation from NTNU and SINTEF visited Alcoa to discuss progress in ongoing research. Visitors from Trondheim (NTNU and SINTEF) were representatives from the SFI management and researchers from the project HighEFF. Read more.

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Aud Nina Wærnes, Centre Director

Aud Nina Wærnes

Centre Director


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Annual Report 2018

Annual Report 2018

Newsletter No 3/19

Green metal production video




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Education and recruitment

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