The AGRAL Project

The AGRAL (Advanced Green Aluminum Anodes) project aims at developing the manufacturing technologies of a specific cermet (called AGRAL cermet ) that has shown (during lab scale tests) outstanding properties in high temperature and corrosive media. This new technology could reduce carbon emission during the aluminium production.More precisely, if the objectives are met within the project, this AGRAL cermet will enable the aluminium industry to envisage the replacement of their current carbon anode by this inert anode thus decreasing to zero the direct CO2 emission during electrolysis process.

Consequently this AGRAL cermet will be developed and tested for two applications:

  • the inert anode for the aluminium electrolysis (up to industrial scale in Aluminium Pechiney (AP) premises)
  • hydrogen and fuel cell interconnect protection (up to pre-prototype scale).
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what’s new in dissemination of AGRAL’ results ?

Published on juin 11, 2018

  • EUROPM2018 : oral presentation and poster will be presented at EUROPM2018 held in Bilbao 14 – 18 October 2018 at the Bilbao Exhibition Centre (BEC), Spain. Both lead to  publications (RWTH, IFAM, Bodycote, RTA) : “Influence of carbon diffusion from a steel capsule on the porosity formation in a MMC coating layer during HIP cladding” and “DEM and FEM simulation of powder filling and HIP in the production of HIP-clad Inert Electrodes”
  • CEA will present a poster at 13th EUROPEAN SOFC & SOE FORUM (EFCF – an European conference on SOFC and electrolysis at high temperature ), held in Lausane 3-6 July 2018, Switzerland: “Protective coatings for SOFC SOEC interconnects: Impact of fabrication technique on electrical conductivity”.


Bodycote greeted the AGRAL project committee on 7 & 8 June 2018 in Dorfen, Germany

Published on juin 11, 2018


The AGRAL project committee gathered in Dorfen near Munich on 6 and 7 June 2018. Bodycote greeted the members on their industrial site and gave them the opportunity to visit the HIP equipments and the different stages of the HIP manufacturing. The roadmap for the last 5 monthes before the end of the project were updated  and data collected for the LCA determination during the workshop.


Quarterly Project Committee, 18th May 2017, Aachen-Germany

Published on mai 30, 2017

Published on 29th May 2017.

The 5th project committee, t0+ 24 month meeting, took place in Aachen, 18th May 2017, for both the Project Committee and the Steering Committee, the technical workshop being held19th May. The partners’ contributions showed significant progress and the technical workshops gave the opportunity to share understanding of technical highlights and to detail the next steps on both thermal spray and HIP (Hot Isostatic Pressure ) implementation for anode manufacturing. At the same time, a specific session about Life Cycle Assessment (LCA ) took place to collect data. We wish to thank our host partner, the RWTH’s team, that organized a pleasant tour of their town, so rich with history.