Karmøy technology pilot

Hydro's pilot plant in Karmøy has the most climate and energy-efficient aluminium production technology in the world. The technology pilot is ground breaking for Hydro, Norway and the world.

Karmøy technology pilot
The pilot plant will produce aluminium with the highest energy efficiency and smallest CO2 footprint in the world. Photo: Hydro/Multiconsult

Hydro wants to use the technology pilot in Karmøy to roll out the world's most energy and climate-efficient technology for producing aluminium.

Using 60 new pots, the pilot plant will produce about 75 000 tonnes of aluminium a year. Aluminium production started in early 2018. Photo: Hydro/Marius Motrøen
Using 60 new pots, the pilot plant will produce about 75 000 tonnes of aluminium a year. Aluminium production started in early 2018. Photo: Hydro/Marius Motrøen

Compared with the world average, the technology developed by Hydro's researchers will reduce energy consumption in aluminium production by 15 percent. The low energy consumption, coupled with high productivity, means that Hydro can safely say that the technology pilot in Karmøy will be a world leader.



Technology developed by Hydro

Hydro is a world leader in research and development in the aluminium industry. In recent years the researchers in Hydro's technology centers in Årdal, Porsgrunn and Neuss in Germany have developed the next generation in electrolysis technology which will reduce energy consumption and emissions in the aluminium industry. It is this technology that is now being tested in a full scale production plant.

Hydro Årdal Reference center are one of the research and development centers in Hydro where the electrolysis technology has been developed. Photo: Hydro/Halvor Molland
Hydro Årdal Reference center are one of the research and development centers in Hydro where the electrolysis technology has been developed. Photo: Hydro/Halvor Molland

The pilot plant will provide new jobs at Karmøy and increase total production capacity by 40 percent. Photo: Hydro/Marius Motrøen
The pilot plant will provide new jobs at Karmøy and increase total production capacity by 40 percent. Photo: Hydro/Marius Motrøen

75,000 tonnes of aluminium per year for cars and buildings

The pilot facility is built at Hydro's existing aluminium plant in Karmøy in Rogaland County, Norway. The pilot will add 75,000 tonnes of aluminium production per year to the existing capacity of approximately 200,000 tonnes. Hydro Karmøy produces aluminium products used in plates and profiles in the construction and automotive industries, and aluminium wire for high voltage lines, among other applications.

Facts about Karmøy technology pilot


Updated: September 23, 2016