Conference program

Program from the 2017 conference

Keynote presentation:
How to minimize the carbon footprint of aluminium smelters

halvorHalvor Kvande – Professor Emeritus, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway

Dr. Halvor Kvande got his PhD degree in 1972 from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, and in 1979 he defended his thesis for the Norwegian degree of Doctor Technicae from the same university.
From 1980 he worked in the aluminium industry in Hydro in Norway. From 1990 to 2005 and from 2011 to 2014 he also worked part-time as Adjunct Professor at his Alma Mater University in Trondheim. From 2009 to 2011 he was Professor and Qatalum Chair in Department of Chemical Engineering at Qatar University in Doha, Qatar. In 2012 he retired from his position as Chief Engineer at Hydro in Oslo, Norway.
His major field of interest has been research and development on the Hall-Héroult process for primary production of aluminium. Halvor Kvande is the author and co-author of more than 150 scientific and technical papers, as well as 5 books on aluminium electrolysis and related topics. His research work has been appraised in the form of several TMS awards and honours, and this also includes his contribution (as a member of the IPCC) to the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Session titles

  • Keynote session
  • Session 1. Modern Anode Service Plants
  • Session 2. Anode Butts, -Rods and -Cover material
  • Session 3. Anode Development
  • Session 4. Cathode Development
  • Session 5. Energy and Environmental Perspectives
  • Session 6. Industry Trends

Confirmed speakers

• William Berends.  AluCellTech Inc. Recent developments in the use of nails in anode and cathode assemblies to reduce electrical resistance and to improve current distribution.

• Jon H. Magnusson, Metaltech. Challenges in quality control and repair of anode rods for energy saving in aluminium smelters

• Mark Dorreen. Light Metals Research Centre, University of Auckland. When Culture and Technology Collide – Western Experiences in Chinese smelters.

• Gunnar Ari Guðmundsson. RioTinto Alcan Iceland. Machine for automatic marking of the insertion height on anode stems.

• Ingólfur T. Helgason, Alcoa Fjardaal. Improved aluminum welding procedure for stems.

• Tony Hudson, Outotec. Bath processing to achieve best quality anode cover.

• William Berends. AluCellTech Inc. The use of nickel plating on anode stems to reduce electrical resistance and clamp voltage drop.

• Francis-Joé Lavergne. Alcoa. Advantages and disadvantages of using Chinese anodes for the aluminum production.

• Robert Quak. Vlissingen. From Zalco to Century Phoenix project – Life after death.

• MZAS, Sales and Marketing Dept. Chinese 3rd party anode to world smelters.

• Jérémy Neveu, Fives Solios. Anode Inert Tray, a New Way for Anode Butts Emissions Reduction.

• Edouard Mofor, Ali Jasim, Daniel Whitfield, Shane Polle, Jamil Jamal. Emirates Global Aluminium. Impact of anode top cover composition on anode Butt quality.

• Ari Jónasson. RioTinto Alcan Iceland. The search for environmentally friendly collar paste.

• Gudrun A Saevarsdottir. Reykjavik University. Impurities in the electrolyte, the effect on current efficiency in alumina reduction.

• Dmitry Nekrashevich, Elkem. Experience with cathode ramming paste based on an environmentally friendly binder system

• Benoît Deville-Duc, Trimet. Improving Anode quality at TRIMET Sain-Jean-de-Maurienne

• Rene von Kaenel, Louis Bugnion, Jacques Antille and Laure von Kaenel, KAN-NAK Ltd Copper bars for the Hall-Heroult process

• Geoff Matthews, EnPot. Transforming the way electricity is consumed during the aluminium smelting process.

• Karl Ágúst Matthíasson, DTE. Topic to be announced


Registration for the 7th International Conference on Electrodes for Primary Aluminium Smelters is open.

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