May 17, 2020

Everything you need to know about Austmine 2015: Transforming Mining

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Everything you need to know about Austmine 2015: Transforming Mining
This summers must-attend mining event is the Austmine 2015: Transforming Mining conference in Queensland, Australia.The landmark forum will bring togeth...

This summer’s must-attend mining event is the Austmine 2015: Transforming Mining conference in Queensland, Australia. The landmark forum will bring together the most innovative products in the market with the most pressing challenges in the mining sector around the globe today.

Date and Venue Info:

Tuesday, May 19th – Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Royal International Convention Centre Brisbane

Click here to register for the event.

Contact: Megan Edwards, Membership and Communications Manager

P: +61 2 8310 0601

E: [email protected] 

Australia has been a cornerstone for innovation in global mining efforts for many years, championing incredible progress across technology, capability and business opportunity. With the mining industry currently coming out of an extended growth cycle, and coming into a state of balance, innovation and technology are key focus areas. The conference will discuss a wide range of topics including:

• Productivity, Automation and Robotics

• Bringing Innovations to Mining: Collaborating, Commercializing and Adopting

• Mining New Frontiers: Deep, Remote, Offshore and Space

• Data and the Arrival of the IT/OT Convergence

• Operational Excellence: Delivering Real Value to the Business

• Energy Management Across the Entire Operation

• Leadership, Safety and Training

• Break-out Sessions on the themes of: Underground Mining, Open Cut Mining, Coal, Hard Rock.

View the full agenda here

The international conference and exhibition will feature over 40 senior level speakers from the leading mining, engineering and service provider firms around the world. Attendees will experience a range of new technical and strategic contacts, solutions, and ideas for the future. The event will include speakers such as:

• Phil Edmands, Managing Director, Rio Tinto Australia

• John McGagh, Head of Innovation, Rio Tinto

• Barry Fitzgerald, CEO, Roy Hill

• Peter Stamp, CIO and Director, Information & Process Systems, Alcoa

• David Moult, CEO and MD, Centennial Coal

• Paul Lucey, Head of Projects and Engineering, Gold Fields

• Dr. Joe Cronin, LHD Project Manager, Northparkes

• Greg Hall, MD and CEO, Hillgrove Resources

• Elizabeth Lewis-Gray, Chair, Austmine

• Rob Hattingh, General Manager Innovation, Technology and Sustainability, Iluka Resources

• Andrew Scott, Senior Director Mining Information Technology and Automation, Barrick

• Dr. Fred Hess, CEO and Managing Director, PanAust

• Kevin Cain, Vice President Projects, Nautilus Minerals

• Brendan Pearson, Chief Executive, Minerals Council of Australia

• Christine Gibbs Stewart, CEO, Austmine

• Joe Pease, CEEC Chair and AMIRA International Director

• Matt Brown, Senior Surveyor, Peabody Energy

• Dr. Paul Lever, CEO, CRC Mining

For more information about Austmine 2015: Transforming Mining click here

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Jun 30, 2021

Rio Tinto and Alcoa begin construction with ELYSIS tech

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Rio Tinto and Alcoa’s JV project ELYSIS has the potential to transform the aluminium industry, with a significant reduction in its carbon footprint

Eliminating all direct greenhouse gases from aluminium smelting has taken a major step forward with the start of construction on the first commercial-scale prototype cells of ELYSIS’ inert anode technology, at Rio Tinto’s Alma smelter in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec.

ELYSIS has the potential to reduce the carbon footprint of aluminium production

ELYSIS is a joint venture company led by Rio Tinto and Alcoa that is developing a new breakthrough technology, known as inert anode, that eliminates all direct greenhouse gases (GHGs) from the traditional smelting process and instead produces oxygen.

The technology has the potential to transform the aluminium industry, with a significant reduction in its carbon footprint.

The inert anode prototype cells will operate on a commercial scale typical for large modern aluminium smelters, using an electrical current of 450 kiloamperes (kA).

The Honourable Francois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry joined representatives from ELYSIS, Rio Tinto and Alcoa to mark the start of construction and announce a further CAD $20mn financial contribution from the Government of Canada to support the project.

The federal government's financial support will enable the creation of a unique commercial size inert anode technology showroom for future customers and will help develop the supply chain by involving local and regional equipment manufacturers and suppliers in the project.

ELYSIS is working to complete the technology demonstration by 2024 followed by the commercialization activities.

ELYSIS technology at a glance:

  • The ELYSIS technology addresses the global trend towards producing low carbon footprint products, from mobile phones to cars, planes and building materials.
  • The new process will reduce operating costs ofaluminiumsmelters while increasing production capacity. It could be used in both new and existing aluminium smelters.
  • In Canada alone, the ELYSIS technology has the potential to reduce GHG emissions by 7 million tons, the equivalent of removing 1.8 million cars from the roads.
  • ELYSIS will also sell next-generation anode and cathode materials, which will last more than 30 times longer than traditional components.

Alcoa and Rio Tinto will continue to support the ELYSIS development program alongside the Governments of Canada and Quebec.

ELYSIS is working closely with Alcoa's Technical Center, where the zero-carbon smelting technology was invented, and the Rio Tinto technology design team in France.

Alcoa's Technical Center supports ELYSIS in the manufacture of proprietary materials for the new anodes and cathodes that are essential to the ELYSIS process. The Rio Tinto technology team in France is creating commercial scale designs for the ELYSIS technology.


Vincent Christ, CEO, ELYSIS commented: “This is a great day for ELYSIS. It means that we are becoming the first technology company in the world to build commercial-size inert anode cells. While we refine the technology in our R&D Centre, we start the construction of our prototype cells. This shows our confidence in our process and in the know-how of our team. The combination of ELYSIS' zero CO2 technology and Quebec's renewable energy will be great competitive advantage for the future. I would like to thank the government for its support and all the partners for their commitment.”

Samir Cairae, Rio Tinto Aluminium managing director Atlantic Operations and ELYSIS board member added: “Today marks a real step towards the future of the aluminium industry, by progressing this breakthrough technology to cut carbon emissions. Rio Tinto is committed to supporting its ongoing development here in Quebec where we already use clean hydropower to deliver some of the world’s lowest carbon aluminium. Combining this technology with renewable hydropower holds the promise of zero carbon aluminium smelting.”

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