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01/10/2019

ENSUREAL presented at Indo-European Meet

On the 18, 19 and 20 September 2019, ENSUREAL, together with the SCALE and RemovAl projects, was presented at the Partnership Instrument EU-REI  event “Indo-European Meet on Resource Efficiency in the Aluminium Industry with a Focus on Effective Utilization of Red Mud (Bauxite Residue)”. After a […]
25/09/2019

Dr. James Mwase joined ENSUREAL project

James Mwase, PhD in chemical engineering, joined the NTNU team of ENSUREAL. As a postdoctoral fellow on the project he will primarily investigate the precipitation of alumina from alkaline leach solutions as part of the Pedersen process, trying to identify the optimal process conditions to produce […]
29/03/2019

Third progress meeting held in Poland

ENSUREAL‘s consortium reconvened in Poland, on the 19th and the 20th of March 2019, for the third progress meeting. The meeting, hosted by Odlewnie at the Polish Foundry of Starachowice, focused on the progress achieved in the last few months in the various work-packages, as well […]
14/03/2019

Slag production pilot

The pre-reduced bauxite that was produced in the hydrogen pre-reduction test, was used in a second pilot experiment in Sintef, to produce slag. In this case, the production of the slag was easier than with the raw bauxite because many chemical reactions were already finished during […]
12/03/2019

Hydrogen prereduction of bauxite

During the most recent ENSUREAL test run, 500 kg of AoG bauxite were successfully pre-reduced in hydrogen at the SINTEF pilot plant. The test was done in a plasma heated rotary furnace, that only uses electricity for heating. In this set-up, the Pedersen process can be […]
14/12/2018

NTUA Hydrometallurgical Work Update

Following the large scale smelting experiment in Trondheim last September, NTUA has received a significant amount of Calcium Aluminate Slags. The research team, consisting of Mr. Michalis Vafeias and Mrs. Maria Bagani, are proceeding with the characterization and hydrometallurgical treatment of the aforementioned slags.  Specifically, during the past two weeks, work has focused on defining the […]
05/10/2018

ENSUREAL presented at H2020 Innovation Forum

On October 4th, 2018 ENSUREAL took part in the first H2020 Innovation Forum, a clustering event, bringing together H2020 projects, but also policy makers, end-users and industry representatives, material producers, private and public investors, start-ups and innovative SMEs. Casper van der Eijk from Sintef, project co-ordinator, presented ENSUREAL within the […]
04/10/2018

Second progress meeting held in Athens

NTUA hosted ENSUREAL‘s second project meeting on October 2-3, in Athens, Greece. 24 representatives of 12 partners met to discuss the project’s progress, and organise the next steps. The results of the first pilot tests were showcased, as well as the publications from the first few […]
30/09/2018

Pyrometallurgical method pilot tests

The ambition of the ENSUREAL project is to demonstrate that a modified version of the Pedersen process can produce alumina from a wide range of minerals while not producing any waste materials. In September 2018, Sintef and NTUA tested the pyrometallurgical method in a series of […]