The Karmøy technology pilot project is a large-scale testing facility and Hydro's goal with the project is to industrialize electrolysis technology for the world's most efficient aluminum production in terms of climate and energy. The ambition is to reduce energy consumption by approximately 15% per kilo of aluminum produced compared to the international average, with the lowest CO2 emissions in the world.
Altogether, NOK 4.3 billion was invested in the project, including NOK 1.6 billion from ENOVA, a Norwegian government agency responsible for promoting environmentally friendly energy production and consumption.
From speech to action
The secondary effects of implementing the technological project applied to Hydro's existing production lines are expected to improve the current production of primary aluminum, contributing to achieve Hydro's ambition to raise production capacity to 200 thousand tons by 2025 - and thus achieve the company's goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2020.
"We have moved from discourse to action, making the world's most efficient aluminum production in terms of climate and energy a reality. This is the result of the hard work of our operational organizations and of our technological research and development teams. a great satisfaction for me to celebrate this historic landmark on August 24th with a big celebration in Karmoy, ”said Hydro President and CEO Svein Richard Brandtzæg.
Celebrating the past and the future
The inauguration and the 50th anniversary will be celebrated with a free show in Kopervik, close to the Karmøy factory. Local authorities and other important guests were invited and the event will also be attended by the Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg. Several artists will perform at the show.