ELYSIS to set up research centre in Saguenay

Mario Cywinski
April 10, 2019
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ELYSIS  new research and development facility will be in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean in Québec. It is set to employ over 25 experts when fully operational.

"With the development of this research centre, we can proudly root our company in Québec, and in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean in particular. Our team is enthusiastic about working collaboratively to refine our technology so we can help bring the aluminum industry to new levels and make it even more sustainable," said Vincent Christ, CEO, ELYSIS.

ELYSIS joint venture is by Alcoa and Rio Tinto, working to commercialize by 2024 a breakthrough technology that eliminates all direct greenhouse gases (GHGs) from the traditional alumnium smelting process, instead producing pure oxygen.

"This new technology can play an important role in helping to address the climate change challenge by delivering carbon free aluminum smelting. We are proud to be part of this pioneering project that could create significant value and allow customers to meet the growing consumer demand for responsible products," said Alf Barrios, chief executive, Rio Tinto Aluminium

ELYSIS Research and Development Center will be located at Rio Tinto's Complexe Jonquière, the site of the Arvida smelter, Vaudreuil refinery and Arvida Research and Development Centre. It is expected to be fully operational in the second half of 2020.

"We look forward to the additional research and development work that will take place in Quebec to scale-up the technology that we first developed, which has the potential to transform the global aluminum industry and create an even more sustainable future," said Tim Reyes, President, Alcoa Aluminum and Executive Vice President, Alcoa Corporation.

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