Inauguration of Hydro’s technology pilot at Karmøy

Hydro and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg today are inaugurating the world’s most climate-friendly aluminium production at Karmøy, in western Norway. The grand opening includes a free concert with Alan Walker.

August 24, 2017
Inauguration of Hydro’s technology pilot at Karmøy
Taking shape: The first electrolysis cells at the Karmøy Technology Pilot are nearly ready. Metal production will start in the fourth quarter (Photo: Øyvind Breivik)

“The technology Hydro has developed represents a quantum leap for climate-friendly and green industry,” says Hydro President and CEO Svein Richard Brandtzæg.

“This is a technological breakthrough. No one has managed to produce aluminium with such low energy consumption and high productivity as Hydro will at full-scale production.”

The new pilot plant is adjacent to Hydro’s existing aluminium operation at Karmøy. The 60 new electrolysis cells will be capable of producing 75,000 tonnes of aluminium per year.

The pilot is creating 50 new jobs, with production beginning toward the end of 2017.

15 percent lower energy consumption

“Hydro is very proud that we have managed to develop a technology that reduces energy consumption, on average, by about 15 percent per kilo of aluminium produced, which will result in the lowest carbon emissions in aluminium production anywhere in the world,” says Brandtzæg.

The goal of the pilot is to test parts of the new technology for implementation in other plants around the world, and that future expansions would use the new technology.

“If the world’s production of aluminium was made with the technology Hydro has now developed, it would save energy equivalent to Norway’s annual production of hydropower,” he adds.

The technology pilot is being unveiled with a free concert in nearby Kopervik. Prime Minister Erna Solberg will officially inaugurate the plant, and Alan Walker and young Norwegian artists will perform.

“This will be remembered as one of the big milestones of Hydro’s 111-year-long history,” Brandtzæg says.

Updated: August 24, 2017