Monday, February 8th, 2010
Today, the Melbourne-based, early stage company Calsmelt Pty Ltd announced that it had completed a “concept proof” stage of technology development for its Thermical™ process. Calsmelt holds an exclusive world-wide license to the novel carbothermic smelting technology for aluminium production developed by the Australian company Thermical IP Pty Ltd.

Calsmelt co-founder and interim CEO, Dr. Greg Smith, described Thermical™ technology as a significant breakthrough for the production of aluminium at a significantly lower cost, and in a much more environmentally friendly manner.

“Calsmelt is delighted that its work on the Thermical™ technology has now been proven to the point that within a couple of years we will be ready to build a first small, but commercially viable plant”, Dr. Smith said. “Such a plant will allow the global industry to fully appreciate the economic and environmental benefits offered by Thermical™ technology”.

Calsmelt’s Chief Scientist, co-founder and technology inventor, Dr. Yaghoub Sayad-Yaghoubi, commented: “for around 70 years now, the aluminium industry has been searching for a suitable carbothermic technology to smelt aluminium in a similar manner to the way steel is produced. Such a technology would help it overcome the well-known limitations of the industry’s current, pervasive electro-chemical approach. While some promising approaches were considered over the last two decades, these were found to have significant shortcomings that prevented their commercial introduction. Our Thermical™ technology overcomes all of these limitations and finally creates real potential for the industry move to carbothermic smelting for aluminium – at a time when the industry is under economic and environment pressure.”

Dr. Sayad-Yaghoubi added: “We believe that Thermical™ technology will insure a competitive future for the aluminium industry by drastically reducing the costs and environmental footprint of metal production. Capital costs will be reduced by 77% to 80%, while the operational cost will be lowered by about 40%. Power consumption will be about 40% lower. The currently troubling fluoride emissions found in the electrochemical process will be completely eliminated and the quantity of generated gases will be significantly lower. Thus, the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of the Thermical™ process will be 40-60% lower than in the current electrochemical process.”

Calsmelt has completed a very detailed manuscript in which all of the experimental and theoretical work conducted on Thermical™ technology to date is drawn into one, well-organized document. This now forms a significant part of the Thermical™ technology package. Smith and Sayad-Yaghoubi are currently marketing the technology with a view to forming strategic partnerships with aluminium industry majors who can assist it to build the semi-commercial demonstration smelter.

For further information, please contact: Dr. Greg Smith, CEO, Calsmelt Pty Ltd.

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Calsmelt Pty Ltd

Calsmelt Pty Ltd is the exclusive world-wide license holder of the rights to commercialise the novel carbothermic smelting technology for aluminium production developed by the Australian company Thermical IP Pty Ltd.  The IP which defines the process is fully owned by Thermical IP Pty Ltd.

Calsmelt believes that its best approach to move forward with the commercial introduction of the Thermical™ technology is to introduce the technology to prospective development partners, including process engineering companies, the major aluminium producers and certain private investors.

It should be noted that the discoveries developed to smelt aluminium via this process are quite specific to the Thermical™ aluminium carbothermic technology and are unrelated to any other known current research or processes, which may be presently undergoing trials elsewhere. The initial theory and the subsequently proposed Thermical™ concept have their starting point in the open literature on carbothermic aluminium smelting technology.

The current objective of Calsmelt Pty Ltd is to seek the most appropriate approach to take the Thermical™ technology from its current state through to the point of full commercial introduction.
Greg Smith
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