The project, started on May 1st, 2020, aims to demonstrate a patented novel industrial process to produce silicon (Si, a critical raw material), enabling a shift from today’s carbothermic Submerged Arc Furnace (SAF) process to a far more environmentally and economically sustainable alternative: an aluminothermic reduction of quartz in slag that utilizes secondary raw materials such as aluminium (Al) EoL scrap and dross, as replacements for carbon reductants used today.
SisAl Pilot represents a path-breaking approach, and a strong contribution to “circularity” through industrial symbiosis where the Al industry will act as both a raw material supplier and end user to the Si industry. Across sectors, SisAl Pilot will give substantial reductions in material yield losses, enhanced valorisation of waste- and by-product streams (SiO2 fines, Si skulls, dross, scrap etc), at a 3 X lower energy consumption and radically lower emissions of CO2 and harmful pollutants, at a considerably lower cost.
The SisAl Pilot Consortium comprises 22 partners from 9 European countries, and Innovation Engineering is involved in Work Package 6, dedicated to dissemination and communication activities, and at the end of the first year of the project, the main and biggest outputs can be listed as follows:
- dissemination kit (available at the following link: https://www.sisal-pilot.eu/documents_cat/dissemination )
- website online at the URL: https://www.sisal-pilot.eu
- Promotional video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YK4mKrjT-Qo
- Logo design
- R&D Activity