REMOVing the waste streams from the primary ALuminium production and other metal sectors in Europe 

The I+D+i project REMOVAL  (ID 776469), to be developed in the period 2018-2022, has a global budget of €14 658 966,24 and is financed by the European Union under the call H2020-SC5-2017-TwoStage. 

The project consortium spans across 12 European countries (11 EU members states and 1 associated country-Norway) bringing together different expertise and know-how (Figure 1). Among the 26 participants in the consortium there are 8 large production industries and companies, 10 SMEs, 6 academic and research institute partners and 2 industrial associations. The alumina sector as the key-stakeholder and waste producer is represented by 3 plants (in total representing 44% of European alumina production), 1 legacy site, the European Aluminium Association, and the International Aluminium Institute. 

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The ambition of RemovAL is to overcome environmental issues and technological barriers related to European aluminium industry (Figure 2), by combining and advancing existing technologies for the sustainable processing of residues and by-products, generating revenue.

In RemovAL, 6 innovative pilot plants will be run. Those pilot plants combined will form a network of technological nodes, enabling optimum processing flow sheets for valorizing the produced Bauxite Residue (BR) from alumina refineries along with other industrial by-products like Spent Pot Lining (SPL) from aluminium smelters. These technologies can then be adjusted to suit all kind of BR compositions around Europe. The validation will be done for the 3 European alumina producers and the one legacy site owner which are present as stake-holders in the consortium. CEINNMAT participates in the project as technology developer and supervisor of the microwave furnace pilot plant (Figure 3), with a total cost contribution of €908 250,00.

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