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EGA, MIT to renew aluminium smelting R&D programme

Emirates Global Aluminium and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have teamed up to develop technologies that will improve the aluminium smelting process

As part of the partnership, graduate students from MIT will run six research projects at EGA’s Jebel Ali and Al Taweelah smelters in the UAE. [Image courtesy of EGA]
As part of the partnership, graduate students from MIT will run six research projects at EGA’s Jebel Ali and Al Taweelah smelters in the UAE. [Image courtesy of EGA]

 Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have teamed up to improve the aluminium smelting process.

 As part of the partnership, graduate students from MIT will run six research projects at EGA’s Jebel Ali and Al Taweelah smelters in the UAE.

The initiative, which also ran in 2015, aims to develop novel technologies that improve the efficiency of EGA’s aluminium smelting operations, according to UAE state news agency, WAM.

Dr Mohamed Mahmoud, manager of technology improvements at the EGA Centre of Excellence, said: “[EGA pursues] technological advances that improve our efficiency, minimise our environmental impact, and maximise the quality of our products.

“Collaborating with leading UAE and international universities like MIT is an important part of our work to develop UAE technology for our business.”

Nine PhD and masters students from MIT’s School of Chemical Engineering Practice will establish practice stations at EGA’s facilities between October and December, 2016.

The researchers will focus on processes at the aluminium firm’s power plant, reduction facilities, carbon area, and technology development and transfer department. The programme will be managed by EGA’s Centre of Excellence, which forms part of the Technology Development and Transfer Department.

In 2015, nine MIT students ran projects aimed at improving energy efficiency at EGA’s Jebel Ali smelter and power plant. Technology developed as part of last year’s programme has been implemented, and is expected to result in energy-related savings of more than $1.2m (AED4.41m) per year with no capital investment from EGA.

Two additional projects from 2015 are also in the process of being implemented.

EGA owns all intellectual property developed as part of the research programme.

 

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