PyrOPT-Pyrolysis of wood optimized for production of energy and tailor-made biochar for silicon production
Elkem has a pronounced ambition to contribute to the pursuit of a zero emission society. As a part of this, the use of fossile reduction agents (coal and coke) should be reduced as much as possible. One solution is to convert to renewable carbon sources based on biomass. Elkem has well defined target shares of biochar in steps towards 2030.
SiNoCO2 – Silicon production with no CO2 emission
The project name SiNoCO2 reveals the goal of the project. We will do research on possible methods for producing silicon alloys with no direct CO2 emissions from the production furnaces. Very simplified, this means that we are going to "close the silicon furnace". We will then get an off gas from the furnace that mainly contains CO, which can be further exploited for energy production or chemical manufacturing such as hydrogen production.