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January 27, 2023

Pilot Scale Bauxite Residue treatment for holistic utilization

The industrial extraction of aluminium oxide from bauxite ore, leads also to the production of the Bauxite Residue by-product, which contains the remaining minerals of the bauxite ore. Under the RemovAl H2020 project, #MYTILINEOS has demonstrated a technology to recover metallic iron and slag from the Bauxite Residue in an Electric Arc Furnace. The slag of the process, which is usually a metallurgical waste stream, has been chemically designed to be usable in numerous applications ranging from use as raw material for aluminium and scandium oxide extraction to clinker substitute for cement production. Thus, this tunable process allows for the […]
November 22, 2022

RemovAL featured as a EU Horizon Technology Success Story

In the context of the EU Raw Materials Week, HaDEA organises the EU Horizon Technology Success Stories event,showcasing projects that are achieving, or have achieved, remarkable success in the relevant fields. The aim of this event goes beyond informing about the progress of the selected projects. The objective is to highlight how activities in the area of raw materials will benefit from project developments, or in broader terms how industry and society benefitfrom EU research funding. RemovAL took part in the event and is now featured in the resulting publication as a Technology Success Story. The publication identifies the following […]
November 7, 2022

RemovAL final cross-fertilisation workshop

“Turning residues of the aluminium industry into resources” European Aluminium organised the final stakeholders’ workshop for the EU-funded RemovAL project in Athens on 10 October. It was held as a hybrid event in collaboration with the ICSOBA 2022 conference and the 4th Bauxite Residue Valorisation and Best Practices Conference in order to maximise synergies between industry and academia. The workshop gathered around 100 experts, who had the opportunity to discuss the key learnings and achievements of RemovAL as well as best practices for turning bauxite residue into a valuable raw material for other industries. The workshop ended by a panel […]
October 25, 2022

ICSOBA2022 visit at the MYTILINEOS ‘Bauxite house’ in Aspra Spitia

On the 14th of October as part of the ICSOBA 2022 field trip, ICSOBA delegates and Removal partners visited the construction site of the RemovAl ‘Bauxite House’ at the Aspra Spitia residence area next to the MYTILINEOS alumina and aluminium plant. This information pavilion is constructed from Bauxite residue prototype building materials and will house an exhibition of technologies and items produced during the RemovAl project. In the photo you can see an external wall that has been covered with bauxite residue brick slips produced from Resourcefull, while Removal scientists are sitting on bench made from Bauxite Residue high strength binder […]
October 25, 2022

9th Removal progress meeting held at MYTILINEOS, Athens

Following two years of COVID and virtual meetings, the Removal consortium was able once again to come physically together at the MYTILINEOS headquarter offices in Athens on the 7th of October 2022. The progress of the project was reviewed and activities were aligned among partners in view of the project conclusion in April 2023.
December 13, 2021

“Towards a more sustainable alumina production in Europe” online workshop

On 23-24 September, European Aluminium organised the online cross-fertilisation workshop “Towards a more sustainable alumina production in Europe” under the umbrella of the RemovAL and ReActiv EU projects. Over 150 experts from aluminium industry, research and technology organisations, institutions and SMEs express their interest to attend the event. In seven sessions, this online event addressed the outcomes of EU projects related to various processing routes and potentials of alumina and bauxite residue by giving a special focus on the industrial symbiosis concept and the associated enabler Hubs4circularity as promoted by Horizon Europe. The presentations and breakout discussions showed the potentials and synergies of those EU projects. The event indicated the […]
December 3, 2021

RemovAL research awarded best paper

RemovAL research won the best paper award in the BR subject of ICSOBA 2021 for the paper “Transforming Bauxite Residue into an Alternative Cement via Vitrification, a Scalable Solution?” by Michiel Giels, Tobias Hertel and Yiannis Pontikes. This work by the KUL team and the RWTH team helped in the upscaling of RemovAL technologies.
November 24, 2021

Innovation Forum Agenda

The full agenda for Innovation Forum 2021 has been published. Download it here or see it in full at h2020innovationforum.com and don’t forget to register. Innovation Forum 2021 is taking place on November 30 in Brussels. For those who can’t make it physically, the event is also going to be available virtually at h2020innovationforum.com
November 5, 2021

RemovAL joins Innovation Forum 2021

RemovAL will be a part of H2020 Innovation Forum 2021 that is taking place on November 30 2021, in Brussels, and virtually for those who wish to attend remotely. H2020 Innovation Forum is an on-going clustering initiative, bringing together H2020 projects with policy makers, end-users, industry representatives, investors, start-ups and SMEs. This year’s topics focus on Metal Processing & Products, PCMI Plastic Processing & Products, Energy Storage & Recycling and ISAT. Registrations are now open at h2020innovationforum.com/
October 14, 2021

RemovAL to participate in Raw Materials Week

Removal Project invited to present in the  EU Horizon Technology Success Stories, on November 15th , during the 6th edition of the “Raw Materials Week” The 2021 Raw Materials Week will be centred around the 8th annual High-level Conference of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials addressing the latest news regarding raw materials in the EU. The European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials is a stakeholder platform that brings together representatives from industry, public services, academia and NGOs. Its mission is to provide high-level guidance to the European Commission, Members States and private actors on innovative approaches to […]
July 13, 2021

Internal Life Cycle Assessment Workshop

On 17th of June, European Aluminium organised the Internal Life Cycle Assessment Workshop as an online event. This Workshop focused on presenting the sustainability evaluation of the RemovAL processing routes from a life cycle and circular economy perspective. The main objective was to get partners’ feedback and recommendations, especially from industrial ones. More than 30 representatives from the RemovAL partners as well as invited alumina industries participated. Two main processing routes were presented, i.e. the production of pig-iron and the development of construction materials (de-alkalization, soil stabilization and high-performance binders). The environmental benefits of these processing routes were highlighted in comparison […]
April 16, 2021

RemovAL contributed to Raw Materials Information System (RMIS) technical workshop

The Technical Workshop Channelling knowledge from European projects into the Raw Materials Information System (RMIS) was held virtually on December 3rd, 2020. The workshop was co-organized by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME). The workshop aimed to increase the awareness of EU raw materials project outputs, and how these can support the RMIS’ development needs and priorities. In particular, the workshop focused on 3 main topics: The most relevant knowledge needs on raw material value chains (both primary and secondary). How to increase awareness of project outputs and how best these […]
April 6, 2021

KU Leuven’s plans for the RemovAL demo house

As part of  RemovAl, work is scheduled to erect a house that will be made entirely out of materials from bauxite residue. The demo house of 25 m2 will be builtin the housing settlement next to the AoG alumina plant, in the ‘Aspra Spitia’ area of Greece, which means ‘white houses’ in Greek. “So we might end-up building a house with green materials made from red mud in the Casablanca of Greece (laughs)“, says Professor Pontikes, our partner in KU Luven. He continues: “The final building elements will actually have a wide range of colours. The materials we develop are black […]
April 6, 2021

MYTILINEOS performs first BR slag leaching campaign in its hydro pilot

Three hundred (300) kg of calcium rich BR slag, produced in WP4, was leached in two consecutive days. The results demonstrate the ability to  recover 70% of the alumina content in BR, in  a highly concentrates sodium aluminiate solution
March 17, 2021

3rd International Bauxite Residue Valorisation and Best Practices Conference

November 19, 2020

IAI Technology Roadmap for maximising the use of BR in cement

The International Aluminium Institute (IAI) has launched the Bauxite Residue Roadmap to maximise the use of bauxite residue in cement and concrete products. The roadmap provides information that addresses concerns, prejudices, technical and legislative barriers to bauxite residue use.
October 6, 2020

5th Removal Progress meeting

On  the 28th of September, 2020,  the Fifth Progress meeting of the removal project was held once again online, due to the COVID 19 travel restrictions. The consortium has agreed to request for a six month extension to the project timeline to cope with the delays caused by the global pandemic.
June 8, 2020

First Pilot Scale EAF smelting test at ELKEM

First tapping of pig iron and slag from Bauxite Residue (BR) smelting at Elkem Pilot. Trials will continue with different mixes of BR, Si sources and carbon, including SPL. The slag produced will be evaluated and tested for use in cement and mineral wool production as well as for alumina and REE extraction.
June 8, 2020

4th Removal Progress meeting

The 4th RemovAL progress meeting was held on 11-12 May  2020, online due to the COVID19 outbreak.In total 40 participants joined the online teleconference sessions to review and discuss the progress of the project.  Hopefully the next REMOVAL meeting will be once again physical.
November 14, 2019

RemovAL stakeholders’ workshop – “Towards an EU regulatory framework boosting use of slags and residues of the metal sector”

As part of the EU Removal research project, European Aluminium organised on 6 November a workshop in Brussels focusing on the EU regulatory framework addressing residues and slags from the metal industry. This workshop gathered more than 50 experts from the European commission, metal industry such as aluminium, steel, copper, ferro-alloy and from the RemovAL consortium. Experts discussed the opportunities and challenges encountered by the various metal sectors in order to identify more promising regulatory options for the future, especially for bauxite residues which are the heart of the Removal project. See the full programme of the workshop