Asunción (Suni) Aranda, of the Norwegian Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), heads up the AlSiCal project, the aim of which is to develop and verify a technology for reducing the environmental impact from the production of aluminium, silica and calcium carbonate.
“I thought basing production at Herøya was a good choice,” says Jens Lehrmann, new general manager at Seram Coatings. “I have every confidence in the site – it’s a place where there’s plenty of access to skilled personnel who have experience of new industry.”
Every year sees the arrival of a selection of students who have competed for one of the few summer work experience placements at companies at Herøya Research Park. 14 students are working at Yara Technology and Equinor.
SINTEF Industri, NTNU and UiO, three partners in the new Gemini Centre HyProS “Hydrochemical process technology in the circular economy”, kicked off the new venture from Herøya Industrial Park last week.
Oslo Pensjonsforsikring (OPF), which took over Herøya Industrial Park in mid-2016, has shown a strong appetite for investment. In two years, they have invested around NOK 100 million in the industrial park, and now Caverion is to have a new building.
The right conditions exist for a railway terminal for freight at Herøya Industrial Park, according to the Norwegian Railway Directorate and Bane NOR, which are investigating this together with the industrial park's hosts, Vekst i Grenland and Grenland Harbour. A socioeconomic analysis is a key element of this investigation.
“We have an incredible objective – to have no vehicles driven by humans at the industrial park within a few years. Digitisation and autonomy are not an objective in themselves, but they will help to resolve challenges in respect of logistics and safety at the industrial park.”
Two pilot facilities are to be constructed at Herøya Industrial Park (HIP). A Yara demo facility will test the process of extracting earth minerals from its production. The product from Yara will be sent on to REEtec, which is constructing a demo facility for separating the rare earth metals from the raw material that they receive from Yara.
“The Yara Birkeland project supports the strong Norwegian maritime cluster, as a zero-emission project. Yet for neighbours to the industrial park, it’s probably just as important that the vessel replaces over 40,000 lorries which pollute the local environment with dust and noise, and present a safety risk,” says the man behind the now world-renowned YARA Birkeland project, Bjørn Tore Orviki Yara.
Funzionano AS has moved into the Research Park at Herøya. Financing is in place. Morten Eikenes has been appointed general manager, and the company is now preparing for the pilot phase, to develop its patented technology to industrial scale
INOVYN’s PVC factory at Herøya is working to increase production of what is called paste PVC by 45%. The expansion will give new technology with reduced energy consumption, a technology which is unique to the PVC factory at Herøya.
The multiphase rig, which is situated at the far south of Herøya Industrial Park, was built by Hydro in 1993. More than NOK 1 billion has been invested in the test site over 25 years, which Statoil has taken over and developed. This is now one of the world’s leading research centres of its kind.
It is now 18 months since Elkem Solar at Herøya – now known as REC Solar Norway – began producing silicon blocks, and since then the company has beaten production records, improved its technology and reduced costs. They have now set ambitious new targets – a 40 per cent production increased by 2020, at a lower production cost.