SINTEF Industry Metal Production and Processing
RESEARCH, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION
Norwegian Aluminium and ferroalloys industries are today the cleanest and most energy-efficient in the world, resulting from a long tradition for continuous innovation, where SINTEF has played an important role.Our research comprises the whole value-chain, from the extraction of minerals from the crust of the earth, through the production of metals and materials to the application and behavior of materials and end products. Recycling, urban mining and process waste valorization are important part of our activities.
Process Metallurgical Laboratories
Modern production of high quality metallic materials requires advanced knowledge of pyro-metallurgical processes. SINTEF optimises metallurgical processes and raw materials, using a combination of laboratory scale and pilot scale experimental techniques, combined with thermochemical modelling.
Molten Salt and Electrolysis Lab
Molten salts includes fluorides, chlorides and carbonates melts for use in several electrochemical processes. Aluminium electrolysis is the predominant field of work but also electrowinning of Titanium, Iron, Magnesium, Silicon and Rare Earth Metals (REM) covers our research activities. Recently our research activity also cover recycling and electro refining of critical materials (REE elements mainly). Liquid metal battery for future storage of renewable energy is another field of research.
Refractories and Carbon Test Laboratories
High temperature materials are commonly defined based on their maximum application temperature with respect to the materials melting temperature, which strongly depends on the applied stress-level and the resistance to corrosive environments. Our expertise cover in special refractories, linings and carbon based materials for the primary aluminium cells, cast furnaces, anode baking furnaces, waste incinerators, silicon – and ferro-alloy reduction process.
Foundry and Forming laboratory
In our fully equipped foundry laboratory we work with casting and melt treatment of metals such as aluminium, iron, steel, titanium, magnesium and copper based alloys. We design and produce models for shaped castings, and have a moulding line and a core shooter to produce sand moulds. In addition, we have the possibility to do advanced modelling to optimize gating and feeding systems.
BioCoke4FAI - Bio-Coke for Ferroalloys Industry Production
The BioCoke4FAI project aims to develop an innovative and economically viable technology for bio-coke production for the ferroalloys industry.
RecirkIrRu – Recycling of Iridium and Ruthenium at KAR
The RecirkIrRu project's goal is to demonstrate the effective extraction of valuable Iridium (Ir) and Ruthenium (Ru) from waste material into valuable intermediates for K.A. Rasmussen's further processing. The extraction will be possible by developing and boosting innovative, efficient, and environmentally friendly extraction processes suggested by SINTEF.
Right ore choice may create lower emissions
Metal production generates considerable emissions of greenhouse gases. But the type of ore used in production can make a big difference.
Silicon for solar cells becoming more environmentally friendly
New discoveries are making silicon production cleaner, and solar cells of the future will become even more environmentally friendly.