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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.
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

3rd Removal Progress meeting

The 3rd 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
November 14, 2019

1st project review completed successfully

The first project review for RemovAL took place in KU Leuven on 7-8 November 2019. During the meeting the consortium visited the KULeuven’s mobile inorganic polymer (IP) pilot plant. The latter will be transported to alumina refineries for in-situ demonstration of innovative IP binder production from BR.
October 1, 2019

ENSUREAL presented at Indo-European Meet

On the 18, 19 and 20 September 2019, RemovAl, together with the SCALE and ENSUREAL projects, was presented at the Partnership Instrument EU-REI event “Indo-European Meet on Resource Efficiency in the Aluminium Industry with a Focus on Effective Utilization of Red Mud (Bauxite Residue)”. After a first round of meetings with the highest levels of the Indian Government and industry on the 19, a one day workshop followed where the state of play, opportunities and challenges related to the issue of Bauxite Residue management and valorisation were presented and discussed. On the 20, a visit by the EU Experts to the […]
September 16, 2019

RemovAL policy stakeholders’ workshop: Towards an EU regulatory framework boosting use of slags and residues of the metal sector

The RemovAL policy workshop, "Towards an EU regulatory framework boosting use of slags and residues of the metal sector", will take place in Brussels, on November 6, 2019.
June 27, 2019

RemovAL presented at MINEA

RemovAL was presented at the MINEA Network Conference: “Recovery of Secondary Raw Materials from Mining Residues and Waste, case studies and best practices” in Berlin on 23 May 2019 in the Processing: Industrial Case Studies session. More information about the event is available on the MINEA webpage at
June 19, 2019

Bauxite Residue on focus in the newest JRC report

Latest JRC science for policy report includes special chapter on the Bauxite Residue handling and recycling. The report, titled Recovery of critical and other raw materials from mining waste and landfills, focuses on the untapped potential to extract strategic raw materials from mining waste and landfills in Europe. The chapter, titled “Bauxite Residue as a resource in Europe”, gives the context of the existing situation and also focuses on the potential innovations that projects such as SCALE could contribute, towards a zero-waste solution.
April 9, 2019

RemovAL’s 2nd progress meeting held in Norway

The 2nd RemovAL progress meeting was held on 3-4 April 2019, in Kristiansand Norway hosted by ELKEM – one of the project’s demonstrators. During the meeting, which marks the first year of the project, the RemovAL technologies where reviewed both technically and financially. The next project meeting will take place in November 2019 in Leuven.
March 18, 2019

RemovAL promoted in PDAC 2019

RemovAL project was featured prominently as part of the European Commission participation in PDAC 2019. PDAC is the world’s biggest Mineral Exploration & Mining Convention, held in March 3 – 6 inToronto, Canada. RemovAL’s research work was promoted with infographics and video projections in the EU booth, which provided H2020 projects with the opportunity to reach the conventions’ 25,843 attendees from more than 130 countries, including prospectors, students, Indigenous peoples, government officials, investors and executives.
December 7, 2018

RemovAL’s first progress meeting concluded

RemovAL’s first Project meeting took place in Brussels on the 15-16th of November hosted by European Aluminium. At the six month mark, the project is building momentum by cross checking technologies and residues while moving forward with pilot plant installations.
November 17, 2018

RemovAL presented in REMIX peer review 7

RemovAL participated in the 7th REMIX Peer Review event, that took place in Delphi, Greece, from the 16th to the 18th of October, 2018. Thymis Balomenos from Aluminium of Greece presented RemovAL, in the context of the session titled “European projects: innovation in the service of civil society”.
October 15, 2018

RemovAL’s sustainability plan, explained

George Tentes from Green2Sustain, explains how RemovAL will assess the impacts of the 6 different technologies, used in the pilot plants, on the environment and on society.
October 9, 2018

RemovAL presented at H2020 Innovation Forum

On October 4th, 2018 RemovAL took part in the first H2020 Innovation Forum, a clustering event, bringing together H2020 projects, but also policy makers, end-users and industry representatives, material producers, private and public investors, start-ups and innovative SMEs. Thymis Balomenos from Aluminium of Greece, project co-ordinator, presented RemovAL within the context of the clustering session, to an audience comprised by other H2020 projects, like CHROMIC, NEMO, CROCODILE, PLATIRUS, ENSUREAL, REMAGHIC, METGROW+, SCALE, and MIREU.
September 6, 2018

RemovAL, explained

The RemovAL project has the ambition to remove the waste streams from the primary Aluminum production in Europe! RemovAL overcomes the barriers of economic viability by pooling together and integrating proposed stand-alone solutions, while adhering to the following principles: Treat waste with waste Develop marketable products Recover valuable critical metals Customise the solution to the industrial ecosystem of each alumina plant
June 21, 2018

First coordination meeting & stakeholder group

RemovAL’s first coordination meeting was hosted by the European Aluminium Association in Brussels, on the 18th of June, 2018. The 40 participants, representing the 26 RemovAL partners, focused on the specific work packages in great detail, to ensure the flawless implementation of the project. Within the context of the coordination meeting, an open stakeholder group meeting was held on June 19, 2018. In addition to RemovAL partners, more than 20 industry representatives, as well as members of the relevant European platforms (CEMBUREAU, Eurometaux, Euroalliages, and European Aluminium Association) and the European Commission, became acquainted with the objectives of RemovAL, and actively participated in […]
June 5, 2018

RemovAL at the Social Acceptance Workshop

RemovAL participated, by means of a poster, in the Social Acceptance in the European Raw Materials Sector Workshop, organised on June 5 , 2018, by the European Commission’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (EASME). The workshop brought together thirty EU H2020 projects, among those RemovAL, and key stakeholders to share best practices and enhance networking relating to social acceptance and trust for mining activities.  The workshop aimed to help in obtaining a broader understanding of how extraction activities are received in different parts of Europe and worldwide and perceived in terms of impact on society, from both wealth (growth […]
May 10, 2018

RemovAL presented at BR2018

The RemovAL project was presented at BR2018, the Bauxite Residue Valorisation and Best Practices Conference, that was held in Athens, May 7-10, 2018. Thymis Balomenos, from Mytilinaios SA (Aluminium of Greece), opened the conference with the keynote presentation “Bauxite Residue Handling Practice and Valorisation research in Aluminium of Greece” (download presentation), showcasing the RemovAL project.
May 8, 2018

Kick-off meeting in Athens

The RemovAL project was officially launched in the kick-off meeting, which took place in Zappeion, Athens on the 8th of May 2018. More than forty people participated in the meeting, representing 23 out of the 26 partners in the consortium. Aside from organisation issues, the kick-off focused on the implementation plans for the the 6 pilot plants within RemovAL. The meeting was organised in parallel with BR2018, the Bauxite Residue Valorisation and Best Practices Conference that took place in Athens, on May 7-10 2018.