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Hydro pilot project opens in Karmoy

Today in Karmoy, Hydro and Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg inaugurate the world's most climate-friendly aluminum production. The event will be celebrated with a large party open to the public and a free concert with Alan Walker.

“The technology that Hydro has developed represents a quantum advance for a green, climate-friendly industry and one of Norway's key environmental measures,” said Hydro President and CEO Svein Richard Brandtzæg.

“This is a pioneering technology. Nobody before has been able to produce aluminum with such low energy consumption and with such high productivity as Hydro will now do on a large scale. ”

The new pilot project facilities are being built at Hydro's aluminum plant in Karmoy, Norway. With the help of 60 new electrolysis cells, an average of 75,000 tons of aluminum will be produced per year. The project facilities will create 50 new jobs and production is expected to start in late 2017.

15% lower energy consumption

“Hydro is very proud to have been able to develop a technology that reduces energy consumption by approximately 15% to produce an average of one kilogram of aluminum and produces the lowest CO2 emissions  in terms of aluminum production in the world, ”added Brandtzæg.

The goal is that part of the elements of the tested technology will, in the future, be implemented in other factories and that new construction uses this technology.

“If the world produced aluminum with the technology that Hydro developed, energy corresponding to almost all of Norway's annual hydroelectric energy production would be saved,” said Brandtzæg.

The pilot project will be celebrated with a free concert in Kopervik, just 10 minutes from Hydro's factory in Karmoy. Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg will officially open the facility, and Alan Walker and several of Norway's best-known young artists will perform on stage.

“This day will be remembered as one of the most important days of celebration in Hydro's 111-year history.”

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