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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Quarterly project committee, 16 December 2015, Dresden Germany

Published on janvier 11, 2016

IFAM hosted in Dresden the 2nd project committee on the 16th of December and technical workshops on the 17th. The partners had good discussion on the ongoing work and exchange on next steps. It was also an opportunity for the partners to visit the laboratory of IFAM and see the equipment used on the AGRAL project.

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Management Project quaterly meeting

Published on septembre 1, 2015

Conference call, 17th September 2015. This first project meeting aimed at presenting the work already done in the different work packages and the coming actions until December 2015. Main discussed points; full characterization of the lab anode and specification of the powder and process

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Kick off meeting in Voreppe, France on the 18th and 19th of July 2015

Published on juillet 1, 2015

AGRAL Project Launching – European Environment policy targets to decrease global CO2 emission by 20% until 2020! Alumimium Pechiney, leader of the AGRAL project hosted the Kick-off meeting in Voreppe, France on the 18th and 19th of July 2015. The meeting gathered the Project Officer, Mr Catalin Perianu and the 6 European partners : Aluminium Pechiney (France), Flame Spray Technologies (The Netherlands), Ecoinnovazione (Italy), Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA -France), Ecole Nationale d’ingénieurs de Saint Etienne (ENISE, France), Fraunhofer – Institute for Manufacturing and Advanced Materials (IFAM, Germany). The project started on the 1st May 2015. The Kick-off meeting mainly enabled to present the project management methodology, the first carried out tasks and organize the work for the next months.