Rio Tinto is seeking a solution to apply a proprietary protective coating onto baked carbon anodes that are used during the production of aluminium. Large-scale trials using coated anodes have been successfully completed at Bell Bay Aluminium, with the possibility for full implementation on site now being studied. In the large-scale trials, the coating was applied to anodes manually. For full-scale implementation across the site, a low-cost automated process will be required.
The initial target site is Bell Bay Aluminium. Any solution that is developed could be relevant to our other aluminium smelters. The solution should be safe and cost effective.
We are looking for partners in technology solutions. Depending upon the feasibility, cost and risk, we have financing available. We can also provide access to our technical specialists and provide more information for potential plant trials.
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Rio Tinto is a mining and metals company operating in around 36 countries around the world. Our purpose is to produce the materials essential to human progress.
Our four product groups bring this purpose to life: Aluminium, Copper & Diamonds, Energy & Minerals and Iron Ore. These are complemented by our Growth & Innovation and Commercial groups, as well as our service and support functions.
The Bell Bay aluminium smelter is part of the Aluminium product group and located in Tasmania.
Further information is available on the Rio Tinto website https://www.riotinto.com
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