Elkem in world first carbon capture pilot for smelters


Silicon-based advanced materials manufacturer Elkem will test the world’s first carbon capture pilot for silicon smelters following financial support from Gassnova CLIMIT, a carbon capture and storage (CCS) research programme.

The pilot will be tested at Elkem’s plant in Rana, Norway, a facility that produces high purity ferrosilicon and microsilica.

A collaboration between several companies including SMA Mineral, Alcoa, Aker Carbon Capture (Aker), and Norcem, the pilot will see emissions from SMA Mineral entering the treatment plant, which will then be captured by Aker’s technology.

The two-year test is intended to assess how the technology works with real industrial exhaust gases from smelters, which will then lead to development of a full-scale plant for industrial carbon capture.

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