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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
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 http://www.minea-network.eu/event.php?id=31
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.