Trondheim, Norway
Trondheim, Norway

Elkem is a company that produces solar grade silicon, silicon, alloys for the foundry industry, carbon and microsilica. Elkem is owned by China National Bluestar Group Co. Ltd. , which bought the company from Orkla Group for 2 billion USD in 2011. The deal excluded 85 percent of the sister company Elkem Energi AS.The company serves the construction, transport, engineering, packaging, aluminium, chemical and electronic industries. Elkem has 13 factories in Europe, North America, South America and Asia. Wikipedia.


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Patent
Elkem ASA | Date: 2017-01-04

The present invention relates to a process for producing spherical submicron particles of amorphous silicon dioxide, in which silicon dioxide and a reducing agent is injected into a reaction vessel of zirconium oxide in molten state, said zirconium oxide is serving as a heat reservoir, in which silicon dioxide reacts with the reducing agent producing a silicon-sub-oxide vapour, said silicon-sub-oxide vapour is oxidised into said spherical submicron silicon oxide particles.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: BBI-IA-DEMO | Phase: BBI.VC1.D1-2015 | Award Amount: 16.21M | Year: 2016

Lignocellulosic (LC) feedstock will soon become a key strategic resource in Europe for chemical intermediates and products, boosting the transition from fossil-based to bio-based economy. BIOFOREVER will demonstrate 5 new LC value chains and 3 valorisation routes for co-products utilizing 4 different cascading biorefinery concepts in order to establish optimal combinations of feedstock, biorefinery, end-products and markets that will allow the successful implementation of these value chains in commercial scale as follow-up step. Chemicals, food and specialties will be produced. The project will target spruce, poplar and wood waste but will also assess other LC feedstocks in order to achieve the most commercially viable and sustainable value chains. Using a fast-track (3-year) and open innovation approach, BIOFOREVER teams up 14 leading industrial partners in feedstock supply, pre-treatment, downstream processing and producers of chemicals, food and specialties in order to rapidly progress commercialization of these value chains. Assessment of feedstock sustainability, customer perception and stakeholder engagement for scale up to commercial scale will be integrated in the project. Business cases for the value chains will result in competitive biobased products, matching cost of existing fossil-based products (e.g. at par with current sugars) and improving performance in properties and sustainability. Other impacts of BIOFOREVER are: - Up to 85% reductions in CO2-emissions compared to fossil-based value chains. - About 400 mln turnover in biorefinery intermediates (lignins and sugars) and 650 mln in chemical intermediates and products for a 1,5 mln ton/year LC biorefinery. - The number of direct jobs of commercial scale biorefinery would accumulate to about 1200, generating typically 6000-7500 indirect jobs and an additional investment exceeding the 70M euros by the partners


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: PILOTS-01-2016 | Award Amount: 8.85M | Year: 2016

Thermoelectric materials have been studied for several decades now. Improved TE materials are emerging with the so-called second-generation thermoelectric (GEN2 TE) materials: silicides and half-Heusler. These materials are low-cost, based on most earth-abundant elements and eco-friendly materials, and can impact positively European industry and society by converting wasted heat into electricity. As GEN2 TE materials are attracting a growing interest, pilot lines resulting from partnerships between public research institutes, industrial research teams and SME are emerging in Europe. The aim of the INTEGRAL project is to upscale the GEN2 TE material technology using existing pilot lines and growing SMEs, in order to address mass markets TE needs (automotive, heavy duty trucks, autonomous sensors and industry waste heat recovery). The INTEGRAL project is unique since it gathers in a complete value chain the major companies (including SMEs and startups) developing GEN2 TE advanced materials in Europe and cutting-edge research centers. INTEGRAL will allow the industry to step up towards advanced manufacturing and commercialization of systems integrating multifunctional TE materials (on a nano-based approach), through material customization, next techniques for characterization and process control and up-scaled pilot-line demonstrations of reliability, reproducibility and mastered material consumption. Furthermore, the large-scale processes which will be developed for producing nanostructured materials within the INTEGRAL project will explore a wider range of applications outside thermoelectrics, in particular where customization of electrical or thermal properties of sintered or casted materials are needed. Finally, a technology transfer will be performed from research activities to pilot-lines, towards the commercialization of the new generation of advanced materials with a circular economy vision.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: SPIRE-07-2015 | Award Amount: 9.06M | Year: 2015

The REE4EU project will develop, validate and demonstrate in 2 industrially relevant Pilots an innovative Rare Earth Alloys (REA) production route from Permanent Magnets (PM) and Secondary Batteries (SB) waste. Currently only 1% of RE waste is being recovered as no adequate process is available, so proof-of-concept in REE4EU will open-up a fully new route bringing recovery of 90% of in-process wastes from PM manufacturing within reach. The targeted integrated solution is based on recently developed lab-proven technologies for direct high-temperature electrolyses of REA production. It will be combined in the pilots with an innovative and proven Ionic Liquid Extraction or tailored hydrometallurgical pre-treatment to demonstrate dramatic improvements in cost and environmental performance compared to state of the art technologies. This includes avoidance of process steps (pure RE extraction and reprocessing), 50% energy savings, and 100% recycling of ionic liquids as opposed to disposal of strong acid leeching agents in state of the art pre-treatment steps. The project involves in its consortium the full value chain including (SME and large) RE metal producers, PM manufacturer, SME process engineering companies and LCA experts, (SME and large) electronics and battery recycling companies, SME technology transfer, innovation specialists as well as chemical and end-user associations. Together with 4 top research institutes on electrolyses, ionic liquids and RE recycling, they will prove technical and economic viability on in-process PM waste (swarf), as well as End-of-Life (EoL) PM and SB waste, develop urgently required market data on EoL RE availability and a triple value-chain business case for a new European secondary Rare Earth Alloys (REA) production sector, creating new jobs, increasing Europes independence from imports and providing valuable raw materials for fast growing European green-technology industries such as Electrical/Hybrid vehicles and Wind Turbines.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: SPIRE-01-2014 | Award Amount: 6.00M | Year: 2015

In many aspects batch processes are superior to continuous. Therefore it is worthwhile to take advantage of recent progress in sensor technologies, modelling and automation to develop a new paradigm for the design and conduction of batch processes: a) operation at maximum efficiency, b) dynamic, quality driven process trajectories rather than fixed schedules c) detailed analysis and tracking of all relevant process and product parameter. The main objective of the proposed project is the maximization of efficiency (reg. quality, energy, raw materials, and costs) of batch processes. Integrated process control is essential for an efficient operation of industrial batch processes: it tracks the evolution of product properties, detects deviations from the target values for product quality and derives corrective actions at a stage when an automatic compensation of deviations from an optimal trajectory is still possible. This contributes to optimal energy and raw material utilisation, shortens production time and enhanced the product quality. With the ambition to deliver solutions with relevance to all sectors of the process industries, the RECOBA consortium represents a selection of batch processes operating industries and partners across the value chain of batch process control, among them 3 global players from the polymer industry (BASF), the steel industry (TKSE), and the silicon metal industry (ELKEM). Within RECOBA there will be developed and validated: (1) new & innovative solutions for the measurement of different types of quality aspects, (2) new models to realise integrated process control of batch processes & suitable online parameter adaptation technologies to keep these models valid, (3) control modules to realise concepts for real-time, model based & closed loop process control, which are easily adaptable to existing batch processes in various industrial sectors, (4) business models to approach relevant industrial sectors for a future market entry.


Patent
Elkem ASA | Date: 2015-02-23

The present invention relates to a process for producing spherical submicron particles of amorphous silicon dioxide, in which silicon dioxide and a reducing agent is injected into a reaction vessel of zirconium oxide in molten state, said zirconium oxide is serving as a heat reservoir, in which silicon dioxide reacts with the reducing agent producing a silicon-sub-oxide vapour, said silicon-sub-oxide vapour is oxidised into said spherical submicron silicon oxide particles.


Patent
Elkem ASA | Date: 2015-02-09

The present invention relates to a method for the production of aluminium oxide particles of spherical morphology and with a particles size in the submicron range.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: EeB.NMP.2013-1 | Award Amount: 5.09M | Year: 2013

FoAM-BUILD will develop next generation External Thermal Insulation Composite Systems (ETICS) for new builds and retrofitting applications. This comprises innovations in: 1) Insulation material: development of new, lightweight and highly insulating nano-cellular foams, with a 50% reduction in thermal conductivity compared to conventional insulation elements. Non-halogenated nano-based flame retardants will be developed and incorporated into these materials using new processing routes. 2) Active monitoring and control of moisture: a control system will be developed based on a sensor network to measure moisture and liquid water. Data from the sensors will be combined with an intelligent system for moisture prediction, and the system will respond by activating a ventilator system incorporated into the buildings heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system to dry targeted areas of the faade. The materials and systems will be tested and demonstrated within the project by industrial end-users, with the creation of a demonstrator insulation material, sensor network and intelligent system, ventilation system and a full-scale faade system at TRL level 6. By deployment of FoAM-BUILD technology energy savings of 192,000 kWh to 288,000 kW will be achieved over a faade lifetime of 30 years. Additionally the new biofilm protection system will extend the service life of the faade surface from 5 years to 20 years for a north faade in central Europe. FoAM-BUILD is characterised by an exceptionally strong industrial participation (7 of 10 partners, including market-leader DAW), which will ensure the high commercial relevance of developments. Close attention has been paid to IPR management, and tailored standardisation, dissemination, exploitation and training activities will ensure wider European benefit.


Patent
Elkem ASA | Date: 2016-05-18

The present invention relates to a method of cementing a casing of an oil or gas pipeline to a surrounding well wall, where a hydraulic cement slurry is formed and the slurry is deployed in the annulus between the pipeline casing and the surrounding well wall. The cement slurry is formed by mixing together a hydraulic cement 12 to 24% of silica based on the weight of cement, and water; wherein the silica comprises 1/3 to 2/3 microfine silica and 2/3 to 1/3 silica flour. The invention further relates to a cement slurry for use in the method.


Patent
Elkem ASA | Date: 2014-03-18

The present invention comprises a viscosifier for oil well fluids, said viscosifier comprising a cross-linked micro- or nano-fibrillated cellulose (MFC).

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