SAGUENAY, QUE. — Aluminum technology firm Elysis has announced the start of construction of its new Research and Development Centre in Saguenay, Que.
Elysis is a joint venture of Alcoa and Rio Tinto. The facility will undertake research focused on eliminating all direct greenhouse gas emissions from the aluminum smelting process, stated an Aug. 16 release.
It will be located within Rio Tinto’s Complexe Jonquiere, the site of the Arvida smelter, Vaudreuil refinery and Arvida Research and Development Centre. The $50-million project is expected to be completed by the second half of 2020.
The research is supported by Apple and it’s intended that the technology to be perfected will enable emissions of pure oxygen. Elysis will work with Rio Tinto technology design staff in France and Alcoa’s Technical Center near Pittsburgh, where the patented technology was invented by Alcoa.
Alcoa’s Technical Center is supporting Elysis by providing materials to be used to manufacture the anodes and cathodes that are part of the new manufacturing process, the statement explained. Rio Tinto technology staff in France is creating commercial-scale designs for the technology so it can be retrofitted into existing smelters or used for new ones.