Aluminium is found in everything from cars to phones. But one of the challenges of producing this essential material responsibly is finding ways to decarbonise the process.
Part of the reason is creating alumina – the main ingredient in aluminium – takes a lot of energy, which in turn creates greenhouse gas emissions. We know new technologies will be essential to helping us reduce our emissions, but many haven’t been proven. And some not yet discovered.
That’s why research, like our partnerships with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and Sumitomo Corporation, are so important. Through these two studies at our Yarwun alumina refinery in Gladstone, Queensland, Australia, we hope to find a way to use renewable hydrogen in alumina refining – and other industries too.