Elkem will test what it says is the world’s first carbon capture pilot for silicon smelters at its plant in Rana, Norway.

The test unit will be installed at the plant in Rana, which produces high-purity ferrosilicon and microsilica. In addition, emissions from SMA Mineral will also gradually enter the treatment plant. Aker Carbon Capture delivers the test unit, which Elkem says is the only one of its kind in Norway.

The project is supported through the CLIMIT-Demo program by state enterprise Gassnova SF. CLIMIT is Norway’s national program for research, development and demonstration of CO2 capture and storage technology. The main goal of the project is to verify the technology on real industrial exhaust gases from smelters in order to prepare a full-scale plant for industrial carbon capture. The program will run for over two years.

The carbon capture pilot is a collaboration between Elkem and Mo Industripark, SINTEF, Alcoa, Celsa, Ferroglobe, SMA Mineral, Norcem, Norfrakalk, Arctic Cluster Team and Aker Carbon Capture.