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Aluminium Production: A More Sustainable Future

Aluminium cans

Alcoa has designed a large-scale bioreactor that can degrade up to 40 tonnes per day of oxalate produced at one of its aluminium refineries.

By Naomi McSweeney

Bacteria that consume sodium oxalate have the potential to reduce the environmental footprint of aluminium production while saving the industry millions.

Naomi McSweeney is a PhD Student with CSIRO’s Light Metals Flagship.

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