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EU’s Horizon 2020 program has granted EUR 5.9 million in funding for continued development of the patented alumina technology owned by Nordic Mining and Institute for Energy Technology (IFE).
The technology is currently patented in Norway, USA, Russia, Denmark and Greenland, and approved by the EPO (European Patent Office) with pending validation in additional European countries and pending in Canada.
Nordic Mining’s CEO, Ivar S. Fossum comments: “We are pleased that the technology can now be further developed with funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. We believe that this is an exceptional opportunity to combine green technology, metallurgical competence and minerals to develop new environmentally friendly industry on a global scale”.
The AlSiCal project is an ambitious research and innovation project established to assess and develop the patented Aranda-Mastin Technology (AM Technology) with the purpose of making the minerals and metals industry more sustainable and environmentally sound.
The AM Technology, which is owned by Nordic Mining and IFE, enables the co-production of three essential raw materials; alumina, silica and precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC), by using new resources with no bauxite residue and using carbon dioxide (CO2) during production. The AlSiCal project will innovate and develop the AM Technology towards zero CO2 emission from production.
The AlSiCal project consortium comprises 16 international partners from 9 countries and is led by IFE in Norway. The partners represent the full value chain in the minerals and metals industry: research and technology, mining and mineral exploration, technology development, end users, business developers and international industry organizations. In addition to Nordic Mining and IFE, the consortium includes, among others, Elkem, Herøya Industry Park and the European Aluminium Association.
The aim of the AlSiCal project is to further develop and assess the AM Technology for industrial scale production. A techno-economical study will be conducted, and the patented technology will also be assessed in terms of societal and environmental factors.