When Hydro's pilot plant in Karmøy begins operation in the fourth quarter of 2017 it will have the most climate and energy-efficient aluminium production technology in the world. The technology pilot will be ground breaking for Hydro, Norway and the world.
Hydro wants to use the technology pilot in Karmøy to roll out the world's most energy and climate-efficient technology for producing aluminium.
Compared with the world average, the technology developed by Hydro's researchers will reduce energy consumption in aluminium production by 15 percent. The low energy consumption, coupled with high productivity, means that Hydro can safely say that the technology pilot in Karmøy will be a world leader.
Technology developed by Hydro
Hydro is a world leader in research and development in the aluminium industry. In recent years the researchers in Hydro's technology centers in Årdal, Porsgrunn and Neuss in Germany have developed the next generation in electrolysis technology which will reduce energy consumption and emissions in the aluminium industry. It is this technology that is now ready to be tested in a full scale production plant.
75 000 tonnes of aluminium per year for cars and buildings
The new pilot facility will be built at Hydro's existing aluminium plant in Karmøy in Rogaland County. The pilot will add 75 000 tonnes of aluminium production per year to the existing capacity of approximately 200 000 tonnes. Hydro Karmøy produces aluminium products used in plates and profiles in the construction and automotive industries, and aluminium wire for high voltage lines, amongst other applications.
More facts about the pilot here.