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Elkem opens carbon capture pilot for smelters in Norway

On 20 January, Elkem in Norway has officially inaugurated what it claims is the world’s first carbon capture pilot for smelters on 20 January. 

Ribbon-cutting at Elkem’s carbon capture pilot for smelters

The Mobile Test Unit (MTU), delivered by Aker Carbon Capture, is now connected to Elkem’s plant in Rana, Norway, which produces high-purity ferrosilicon and microsilica. The carbon capture pilot testing is a collaboration between Elkem and a dozen of cooperation partners with Alcoa one of them.

Carbon capture can potentially contribute significantly towards our global climate roadmap

Amund Vik, Deputy Minister from the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, spoke at the ceremony. He said: “There is no doubt that we need carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) to reach our climate targets. We need CCS in hard-to-abate industries to keep industrial jobs in Europe. This pilot will provide important learning related to CO2-capture in metal industries, and will be an important hub for other companies in the Industrial Park to test CO2-capture technology.”

“The world needs more metals and other materials to succeed with the green transition, but we also need to achieve lower global CO2 emissions. Carbon capture can potentially contribute significantly towards our global climate roadmap of reducing emissions towards net zero while growing supplies to the green transition. At the same time, Elkem is dependent on our stakeholders to enable green technologies at an industrial scale. That is why we are particularly pleased about the good collaboration between several partners in this project, and we will monitor the results of the pilot closely,” says Elkem’s CEO Helge Aasen.

Pilot for testing large-scale industrial applications

The pilot test is part of a larger R&D project, CO2 HUB Nord, which runs over two years and is funded by Climit Demo. The main goal of the project is to verify the technology on real industrial gases from smelters and other process industries, in order to prepare a full-scale plant for industrial carbon capture. Through development and verification of new technology for carbon capture, the CO2-HUB Nord accelerates innovation and industrialization of the carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) value chain. Industrialization of such technology is considered as an important contributor to reducing CO2 emissions and delivering on the global sustainability goals.

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