The Australian Government is funding a study into the feasibility of using renewable hydrogen instead of natural gas to process alumina.
The government will provide up to $579,786 through ARENA to support a trial undertaken by Rio Tinto.
The study will assess hydrogen-fuelled calcination technology for use at Rio Tinto’s Yarwun alumina refinery in Gladstone, Queensland. If feasible, the technology could significantly reduce emissions from the energy-intensive industry.
The Hon Angus Taylor MP, Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, said cleaner energy sources will reduce the carbon footprint of energy-intensive industries. This would enable them to continue operating for decades to come.
‘The aluminium industry is a valuable sector of our economy, both in terms of export earnings and as an employer of more than 22,000 Australians,’ the Minister said.
Hydrogen and low emissions aluminium production are key priorities under the government’s Technology Investment Roadmap.