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Registration for the 7th International Conference on Electrodes for Primary Aluminium Smelters will open later here.

Conference Programme

The programme for the upcoming conference 25-27 April 2017 is being developed.

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

  • Session 1. Modern Rodding Plants
  • Session 2. Anode Butts and Rods Transportation, Cleaning and Recycling
  • Session 3. Anodes
  • Session 4. Cathodes
  • Session 5. Quality 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

Stale Ovstetun, Impec. Stub and butt inspection system

Jeremie Lhuissier, 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.

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

• Karl Ágúst Matthíasson, DTE. Topic to be announced

• Pétur Blöndal, Samál. Made in Iceland – Current situation and future prospects in the Icelandic Aluminium Industry.


Registration for the 7th International Conference on Electrodes for Primary Aluminium Smelters will open later here.