Hydro claims ‘world first’ after producing aluminium from hydrogen

Hydro is claiming a world first after producing a batch of aluminium using green hydrogen as an energy source.

Carbon-free green hydrogen replaced natural gas as fuel for the recycling of aluminium during the test, which was carried out at a casthouse in Hydro’s extrusion plant in Navarra, Spain.

Paul Warton, Executive Vice President for Hydro Extrusions, said, “By removing the carbon emissions from the energy source, we will be able to produce carbon-free aluminium from recycling post-consumer scrap.”

Hydro recently signed an agreement to purchase land in Torija, with the aim of constructing a modern aluminium recycling plant, which will have 120,000 tonnes of annual capacity. Aluminium is currently responsible for around 2% of global CO2 emissions.

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