|By Business Wire||
|June 13, 2014 06:17 AM EDT||
The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy's energy enterprise, Enova SF, has pledged NOK 1.55 billion in investment backing for a pilot to trial Hydro's new aluminium production technology. Provided the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) approves the investment, the subsidy will help to ensure that future production of aluminium will be both more energy-efficient and climate-friendly.
"The reason we decided to back this project is because, following thorough assessments, we found that the proposed technology holds immense potential. Projections indicate high demand for aluminium in the years ahead, not least in the transport sector. This makes it crucial for production to be based on the lowest possible energy consumption and the lowest possible greenhouse gas emissions," says Enova's CEO, Nils Kristian Nakstad.
Energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions
With its low mass, aluminium is a key resource in enabling the automotive industry to manufacture less energy-intensive and more climate-friendly cars. Against that, the production of aluminium is associated with high energy consumption and heavy greenhouse gas emissions.
"This technology responds to part of this challenge in that it has the potential to radically reduce energy consumption and thereby greenhouse gas emissions," says Enova's CEO.
The pilot plant could be on stream by 2017 at the earliest. With the aid of 60 new electrolytic cells, the full-scale pilot plant would potentially be able to produce around 70,000 tonnes of aluminium per annum. If the pilot yields the results Hydro is hoping for, the new technology will be applied in further ventures both in Norway and internationally. With the pilot and infrastructure built up at Karmøy, there is every chance that the first facility to apply the technology production-wide will remain located at this Norwegian site. If so, estimates indicate that energy consumption would be reduced by a full 0.5 TWh, based on a production capacity of 320,000 tonnes per annum, compared with the energy demands if Hydro were to use current technology.
"By giving an energy-intensive industry the opportunity to establish new, energy-efficient production in Norway, in this particular instance, we will be doing our bit to enable aluminium production to run purely on hydroelectricity as opposed to coal and natural gas which produce massive carbon emissions. In other words, this is good news for both the global climate and Norwegian industry," says Nakstad.
For Norwegian production facilities that largely run on clean energy already, greenhouse emissions would be reduced by 5 per cent. But if the technology replaces production currently sited abroad where the energy source is typically coal and natural gas, the resulting emissions reductions will be vast. Globally, carbon emissions from an aluminium plant average 7.3 kg per produced kilo of aluminium - but that excludes China, where the same figure is almost double. Emissions from the Karmøy pilot in Norway, however, would be less than 1.5 kg of carbon dioxide per kilo of aluminium, if the production facilities run on clean energy only.
Enova SF has commended Hydro for the initiative.
"This technology may represent a quantum leap for aluminium production worldwide. Norway has a number of advantages that make it an ideal arena for developing new energy and climate technologies. Hydro is an industrial locomotive and is once again steaming ahead", says Enova's CEO.
He believes the project confirms that Norway and Norwegian industry could potentially have a key role to play in international climate efforts.
"This case in point demonstrates that Enova SF, through its climate technology fund, is a facilitator for a range of beneficial projects with huge international scope for diffusion. In this particular project, Norwegian industry's core expertise and access to clean and low-cost energy will be used in getting the world's aluminium production moving in the right direction. Under the Norwegian Parliamentary Climate Agreement, Enova SF was commissioned to facilitate Norway's development of climate technology. Enova SF is registering great interest from Norwegian and international players who are keen to partner with us to make industry cleaner.
Nakstad stresses that the Karmøy project faces a few hurdles ahead of the finishing line. First, the EFTA's supervisory body, ESA, which is well informed of the project, has to grant its approval. Next will be Hydro's final decision on whether or not to go ahead with the investment in the pilot.
"Like us, Hydro, which will cover the greater share of the investment, has great confidence in this project, and we have high hopes that it will go ahead," says Nakstad.
In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Chris Carter, CEO of Approyo, will discuss the basic set up and solution for an SAP solution in the cloud and what it means to the viability of your company. Chris Carter is CEO of Approyo. He works with business around the globe, to assist them in their journey to the usage of Big Data in the forms of Hadoop (Cloudera and Hortonwork's) and SAP HANA. At Approyo, we support firms who are looking for knowledge to grow through current business process, where even ...
Feb. 26, 2017 07:30 PM EST Reads: 1,103
The Internet of Things can drive efficiency for airlines and airports. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect with GE, and Sudip Majumder, senior director of development at Oracle, discussed the technical details of the connected airline baggage and related social media solutions. These IoT applications will enhance travelers' journey experience and drive efficiency for the airlines and the airports.
Feb. 26, 2017 06:45 PM EST Reads: 2,336
Addteq is one of the top 10 Platinum Atlassian Experts who specialize in DevOps, custom and continuous integration, automation, plugin development, and consulting for midsize and global firms. Addteq firmly believes that automation is essential for successful software releases. Addteq centers its products and services around this fundamentally unique approach to delivering complete software release management solutions. With a combination of Addteq's services and our extensive list of partners,...
Feb. 26, 2017 06:00 PM EST Reads: 900
DevOps is being widely accepted (if not fully adopted) as essential in enterprise IT. But as Enterprise DevOps gains maturity, expands scope, and increases velocity, the need for data-driven decisions across teams becomes more acute. DevOps teams in any modern business must wrangle the ‘digital exhaust’ from the delivery toolchain, "pervasive" and "cognitive" computing, APIs and services, mobile devices and applications, the Internet of Things, and now even blockchain.
Feb. 26, 2017 05:30 PM EST Reads: 1,951
In 2014, Amazon announced a new form of compute called Lambda. We didn't know it at the time, but this represented a fundamental shift in what we expect from cloud computing. Now, all of the major cloud computing vendors want to take part in this disruptive technology. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, John Jelinek IV, a web developer at Linux Academy, will discuss why major players like AWS, Microsoft Azure, IBM Bluemix, and Google Cloud Platform are all trying to sidestep VMs and containers...
Feb. 26, 2017 05:30 PM EST Reads: 2,119
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, whic...
Feb. 26, 2017 05:15 PM EST Reads: 1,888
Wooed by the promise of faster innovation, lower TCO, and greater agility, businesses of every shape and size have embraced the cloud at every layer of the IT stack – from apps to file sharing to infrastructure. The typical organization currently uses more than a dozen sanctioned cloud apps and will shift more than half of all workloads to the cloud by 2018. Such cloud investments have delivered measurable benefits. But they’ve also resulted in some unintended side-effects: complexity and risk. ...
Feb. 26, 2017 05:00 PM EST Reads: 2,125
WebRTC is the future of browser-to-browser communications, and continues to make inroads into the traditional, difficult, plug-in web communications world. The 6th WebRTC Summit continues our tradition of delivering the latest and greatest presentations within the world of WebRTC. Topics include voice calling, video chat, P2P file sharing, and use cases that have already leveraged the power and convenience of WebRTC.
Feb. 26, 2017 04:15 PM EST Reads: 1,660
SYS-CON Events announced today that CA Technologies has been named “Platinum Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. CA Technologies helps customers succeed in a future where every business – from apparel to energy – is being rewritten by software. From ...
Feb. 26, 2017 03:45 PM EST Reads: 2,661
With 10 simultaneous tracks, keynotes, general sessions and targeted breakout classes, Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo are two of the most important technology events of the year. Since its launch over eight years ago, Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo have presented a rock star faculty as well as showcased hundreds of sponsors and exhibitors! In this blog post, I provide 7 tips on how, as part of our world-class faculty, you can deliver one of the most popular sessions at our events. But before reading the...
Feb. 26, 2017 03:30 PM EST Reads: 8,907
"Storage is growing. All of IDC's estimates say that unstructured data is now 80% of the world's data. We provide storage systems that can actually deal with that scale of data - software-defined storage systems," stated Paul Turner, Chief Product and Marketing Officer at Cloudian, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 17th Cloud Expo, held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Feb. 26, 2017 02:30 PM EST Reads: 7,098
The best way to leverage your Cloud Expo presence as a sponsor and exhibitor is to plan your news announcements around our events. The press covering Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo will have access to these releases and will amplify your news announcements. More than two dozen Cloud companies either set deals at our shows or have announced their mergers and acquisitions at Cloud Expo. Product announcements during our show provide your company with the most reach through our targeted audiences.
Feb. 26, 2017 02:30 PM EST Reads: 2,443
20th Cloud Expo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy.
Feb. 26, 2017 01:30 PM EST Reads: 2,358
Bert Loomis was a visionary. This general session will highlight how Bert Loomis and people like him inspire us to build great things with small inventions. In their general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Harold Hannon, Architect at IBM Bluemix, and Michael O'Neill, Strategic Business Development at Nvidia, discussed the accelerating pace of AI development and how IBM Cloud and NVIDIA are partnering to bring AI capabilities to "every day," on-demand. They also reviewed two "free infrastructure" pr...
Feb. 26, 2017 01:15 PM EST Reads: 1,845
Cloud Expo, Inc. has announced today that Aruna Ravichandran, vice president of DevOps Product and Solutions Marketing at CA Technologies, has been named co-conference chair of DevOps at Cloud Expo 2017. The @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo New York will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, and @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley will take place Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Feb. 26, 2017 01:15 PM EST Reads: 2,206