Zero waste to landfill
A clear goal has been set for Elkem Foundry Products’ plant in Iceland: nothing from the production process should end up in landfill sites. With- out any increased cost, impressive progress has been made.
Clean is profitable
The systematic work on combating dust has borne fruit for Elkem Carbon. The plants in Norway and China are leading the way in the battle against dust. In 2014, the requirement to wear a protective mask in the production hall at Fiskaa in Kristiansand was rescinded.
More electricity from the world’s oldest energy recovery plant
With support from Enova Elkem is expanding and upgrading the energy recovery plant in Bjølvefossen, which has been in operation since 1977. The investment means that the plant will increase the energy recovered from around 50 to 80 GWh per year. The electricity generated is fed into the grid.
Elkem helps lower car industry emissions
In its pursuit of more climate friendly solutions, the car industry is choosing engines made of cast iron to meet the requirements for low CO2 emissions. Elkem Foundry Products supply vital input for modern car engines.
Promising research into silicon batteries
Elkem’s research department has been continuously charging and discharging a silicon test battery since September 2014. The results so far are promising: the capacity of the battery is more than that of current lithium batteries.
Bringing industry together at a new research centre
A research centre headed by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) will ensure that the Norwegian metallurgical industry remains a world leader within energy- efficient, environmentally friendly and competitive production. Key Norwegian metal manufacturers were behind its establishment, including Elkem.
Si 2020 – improved production process
The basic principles of silicon production are around 100 years old. A number of different improvement measures have resulted in a considerably better process. In 2011 Elkem decided to start a research programme that would carry out a thorough review of each step of the production process to examine the residual potential that remains with regard to better material yield and reduced losses, lower emissions, and more efficient energy consumption.
Elkem’s future is carbon neutral
Elkem is among the world’s cleanest metal manufacturers but still emits around 1.3 million tonnes of CO2 each year. This may now be coming to an end. A research project in Elkem will lay the groundwork for full scale production without net CO2 emissions and without a net supply of energy.