New milestone achieved in scaling up inert anode smelter know-how

MONTRÉAL, June 28, 2024 /CNW/ – Progress in the direction of the large-scale implementation of the ELYSISTM disruptive know-how has achieved a brand new milestone with the granting to Rio Tinto of the primary smelter know-how licence for a 100 kiloamperes (kA) demonstration plant with 10 pots that shall be constructed at its Arvida website in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, Québec. This main funding highlights the scale-up potential of the inert anode smelter know-how. This know-how eliminates all direct greenhouse gases (GHGs) from the normal smelting course of, producing oxygen as an alternative.



The granting of a primary smelter licence to an aluminium producer builds on the successes of the assessments carried out on the Industrial Analysis and Growth Centre in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean. Concurrently, ELYSIS has begun commissioning its industrial prototype cells (450 kA) on the finish of an current potline at Rio Tinto’s Alma smelter, with the start-up sequence set to start in 2024.

Ramping up in the direction of full commercialization
This primary smelter know-how licence will allow ELYSIS to advance the know-how demonstration on a bigger scale, representing a primary milestone in the direction of its commercialization. To realize this, ELYSIS has expanded its crew, now reaching 200 workers. In 2022 and 2023, ELYSIS employed 80 gifted new crew members with 70 of the brand new hires based mostly in Québec.

This dynamic progress can be evident within the elevated funding within the ELYSIS three way partnership, which has reached CAN$650 million.  ELYSIS has now acquired roughly 65% personal funding and 35% public funding, reflecting traders’ robust confidence within the know-how’s success.

As a part of the event of latest key gear for the operation of the inert anode smelter know-how, ELYSIS has entered right into a collection of long-term partnerships with native suppliers in Quebec. These partnerships are important to the deployment of the ELYSISTM know-how.

The know-how at a look

  • The ELYSISTM know-how meets the worldwide demand for merchandise with a low carbon footprint, starting from cell phones to automobiles, planes, and constructing supplies.

  • The brand new course of will cut back working prices of aluminium smelters whereas growing manufacturing capability. It could possibly be used in each new and current aluminium smelters.

  • In Canada alone, the ELYSISTM know-how has the potential to cut back GHG emissions by 7 million tonnes per 12 months, the equal of eradicating 1.8 million automobiles from the roadway community.

  • ELYSIS will even license next-generation electrode know-how, with inert anodes lasting greater than 30 occasions longer than conventional carbon-based anodes.

ELYSIS is an unprecedented world-class partnership of two main aluminium {industry} pioneers, Alcoa and Rio Tinto, creating a brand new breakthrough know-how, referred to as inert anode.

The ELYSIS™ know-how will allow the manufacturing of extensively used merchandise with a diminished environmental affect, thereby reworking the aluminum {industry} and considerably reducing its carbon footprint.

ELYSIS is collaborating intently with Alcoa’s Technical Middle, the place the zero-carbon smelting know-how was developed, in addition to with the Rio Tinto know-how design crew in France and in Quebec.

Alcoa’s Technical Middle helps ELYSIS within the manufacture of proprietary supplies for the brand new anodes and cathodes which can be important to the ELYSISTM course of. The Rio Tinto know-how crew, based mostly in France and in Québec, is creating industrial scale designs for the ELYSISTM know-how.


— “Growing such a revolutionary know-how for the aluminium {industry} is sort of a journey. It takes time, and it means adapting to the challenges of perfecting a complete new course of and know-how. The achievement of this new milestone marks an essential turning level within the development of the ELYSISTM know-how, demonstrating continued progress from what was a dream to a transformative pressure for the aluminum {industry}. By granting a primary inert anode know-how licence to Rio Tinto, ELYSIS is one step nearer to its full know-how scale-up.”

–  Vincent Christ, ELYSIS CEO

— “This funding will additional strengthen Rio Tinto’s industry-leading place in low-carbon, accountable aluminium in North America with our hydro-powered smelters and our recycling capability. Changing into the primary to deploy the ELYSISTM carbon-free smelting know-how is the subsequent step in our technique to decarbonize and develop our Canadian aluminium operations. Along with delivering even decrease carbon main aluminium to our prospects, this funding will enable Rio Tinto to construct experience in putting in and working this new know-how, whereas the ELYSISTM three way partnership pursues analysis and growth work to scale it as much as its full potential.”

–  Jérôme Pécresse, Rio Tinto Aluminium Chief Govt

— “Since inventing the aluminum smelting course of in 1886, which remains to be in use in the present day, Alcoa has continued to create transformational applied sciences to enhance our {industry}. We’re proud to progress the know-how initially developed at our technical middle to its subsequent part inside the ELYSIS partnership. Aluminum performs a crucial function on the planet’s vitality transition and decarbonization efforts; with the ELYSISTM know-how, the smelting of this superb metallic can be finished with out direct carbon emissions.”

–  William F. (Invoice) Oplinger, President and Chief Govt Officer of Alcoa Company


ELYSIS is a know-how firm that emerged from a ground-breaking partnership between two international {industry} leaders, Alcoa and Rio Tinto. ELYSIS’ objective is to revolutionize the best way aluminium is produced throughout the globe. Our course of eliminates all direct greenhouse gases from aluminium smelting, producing oxygen as an alternative. Study extra at

@Elysis_techno        ELYSIS




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