Rio Tinto’s ELYSIS Starts Construction of Inert Anode Cells Plant
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Rio Tinto’s ELYSIS Starts Construction of Inert Anode Cells Plant

Eliminating all direct greenhouse gases from aluminium smelting has taken a major step forward today with the start of construction on the first

Eliminating all direct greenhouse gases from aluminium smelting has taken a major step forward today with the start of construction on the first commercial-scale prototype cells of ELYSIS’ inert anode technology, at Rio Tinto’s Alma smelter in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean in Quebec. ELYSIS is a joint venture company led by Rio Tinto and Alcoa that is developing a new breakthrough technology, known as inert anode that eliminates all direct greenhouse gases from the traditional smelting process and instead produces oxygen. The technology has the potential to transform the aluminium industry, with a significant reduction in its carbon footprint. The inert anode prototype cells will operate on a commercial scale typical for large modern aluminium smelters, using an electrical current of 450 kiloamperes.

The Honourable Francois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry joined representatives from ELYSIS, Rio Tinto and Alcoa to mark the start of construction and announce a further CAD 20 million financial contribution from the Government of Canada to support the project. The federal government's financial support will enable the creation of a unique commercial size inert anode technology showroom for future customers and will help develop the supply chain by involving local and regional equipment manufacturers and suppliers in the project.

ELYSIS is working to complete the technology demonstration by 2024 followed by the commercialization activities.

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