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Metals producers and research organizations to develop solutions for reducing CO2 emissions

Leading metals producers in Finland together with domestic research organizations have launched a large 3-year research project with an aim to continue the development of technologies for CO2 mitigation in metals production. The total budget of the project is 17 million Euros.

The co-innovation project, Towards Carbon-Neutral Metals 2, TOCANEM2, is the next step towards carbon-neutral metals production. The TOCANEM 2 project focuses on new CO2-lean and CO2-free processes and operating practices, and means to improve the energy and material efficiency of metal production through process integration and treatment of sidestreams. The project not only takes previously identified concepts and technologies to a higher technology readiness level but also embarks on the study of new topics supporting the same overall goal of reducing the CO2 emissions of the Finnish metals industry.  The project activities strongly promote Finland’s positioning as a global leader in carbon-neutral metals production. The project will not only help to reduce CO2 emissions from industrial activities but also contribute to the long-term competitiveness of the Finnish industry, and the development of a skilled pool of academic and industrial researchers.

Åbo Akademi University’s part of the project is led by Leena Hupa, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry. The project is supported by Business Finland. Coordinated by the University of Oulu, the project employs 40 researchers in the participating research organizations.

In TOCANEM2, Boliden Harjavalta, Fortum Battery Recycling, Fortum Waste Solutions, Jervois, Metso, and Outokumpu collaborate in piloting the processes and technologies developed in collaboration with Aalto University, LUT University, University of Oulu, Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) and Åbo Akademi University.