SAGUENAY, QC, Dec. 16, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ – Work to commercialize a process that produces carbon-free aluminium has reached another significant milestone with the completion of construction on the ELYSIS Industrial Research and Development Center in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Québec.
ELYSIS, a joint venture by Alcoa and Rio Tinto, is scaling up a breakthrough technology that eliminates all direct greenhouse gases from the aluminium smelting process, instead producing oxygen.
The completion of construction on the facility is the next step towards ramping up to industrial scale the breakthrough technology, first developed at the Alcoa Technical Center near Pittsburgh in the United States. The new center will produce metal at a scale similar to smaller, industrial-sized smelting cells that are in operation by some producers today.
Commissioning of the Industrial Research and Development Center, in a space leased at the Rio Tinto’s…