Research & innovation

for a sustainable lifestyle

and economy

Over the years, the European aluminium industry has established as a cross-sectorial innovation catalyst for the circular economy, decarbonisation, and disruptive technologies. From packaging product circularity and process technology to the use of production residue in other sectors, we are truly committed to leveraging the innovation potential of aluminium. At European Aluminium, we bundle this innovation dynamic in our so-called Innovation Hub that brings together the necessary actors from our membership, the broader industry, and RD&I partners.

Our Innovation Hub

We believe in the power of collaboration to translate ideas into concrete projects. In 2015, we established an Innovation Hub, a collaborative platform to accelerate the transformation to a clean and circular Europe for aluminium producers and cross-sector partners. Today, the Innovation Hub counts 18 member companies and three European Aluminium market groups (Building, Packaging and Automotive & Transport) as its members.

What We Do

Initiate EU-Projects

The Innovation Hub facilitates the development of collaborative project proposals for its members and joins proposals under development, especially EU project proposals submitted to the EU’s Horizon Europe research and innovation funding programme.

Participate in Public-Private Partnerships

The Innovation Hub leverages its extensive stakeholder network, including policymakers, experts, and research institutes, to participate in relevant Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), including Processes4Planet, Made in Europe, and Built4People.

Promote Technical Skills & Know-how

The Innovation Hub is a member of the SPIRE-SAIS alliance, which addresses skills shortages in energy-intensive industries. The alliance focuses on the qualifications and skills required to support essential cross-sectoral collaboration.

Organise Workshops & Events

The Innovation Hub maintains close ties with Europe’s leading Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs) by organising an annual Innovation Workshop for members and stakeholders. The workshops aim to encourage collaboration with the aluminium industry and initiate new project ideas.

Help Us Shape The Future

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Our Projects


RemovAL: Turning Waste into Valuable Resources

Launched in May 2018, the EU-funded RemovAL project aims to combine, optimise, and scale-up processing technologies to turn waste streams from primary aluminium production (such as bauxite residue) into valuable resources for the construction sector. The project is expected to run until spring 2023. The project consortium spans 12 European countries and involves 26 partners. Watch our video for more information! EU Grant Agreement n. 776469

ReActiv: Using Bauxite Residue for Sustainable Cement Production

Launched in November 2020, the EU-funded ReActiv project aims to create a novel sustainable symbiotic value chain, linking the by-product of the alumina production industry and the cement production industry. The new ReActiv technologies will modify the properties of the bauxite residue, transforming it into a resource suitable for cement products with a low carbon footprint. ReActiv brings together the global leader in cement production with the European alumina producers and top research and technology centers across 12 European countries. The project is expected to run until November 2024. EU Grant Agreement n. 958208

AlSiCal: Developing a Greener Technology to Produce Alumina

Launched in September 2019, the EU-funded project AlSiCal aims to make the mineral and metal industry more sustainable and environmentally sound. The project will research, develop and de-risk a ground-breaking new technology for alumina production. Integrating carbon capture enables the co-production of three essential raw materials (alumina, silica, and precipitated calcium carbonate) using new resources – e.g., anorthosite, abundantly available worldwide – without generating bauxite residue and CO2 emissions. The project consortium spans 9 European countries and involves 16 partners. It is expected to run until September 2023. EU Grant Agreement n. 820911

SALEMA: Substituting Critical Raw Materials in Aluminium Alloys for Electrical Vehicles

Launched in May 2021, the EU-funded SALEMA project aims to create brand new, high-performance aluminium alloys and demonstrate their suitability in automotive applications.SALEMA will implement a circular economy model to reintegrate scrap aluminium materials into the primary aluminium manufacturing process of car parts. This circular economy will lead to a more sustainable industry and less dependence on non-EU imports. The project consortium spans 6 European countries and involves 16 partners. It is expected to run until May 2024. EU Grant Agreement n. 101003785

CORALIS: Making Industrial Symbiosis a Business Case

Launched in October 2020, the EU-funded project CORALIS aims to create pathways for decarbonising resource and energy-intensive sector value chains by implementing viable industrial symbiosis approaches that combine new business and management strategies with innovative technology-based enablers. This approach will be demonstrated in three real industrial areas covering different sectors, geographical dimensions, and resources, improving the knowledge basis and laying the foundations for exploiting the potential of industrial symbiosis in the EU process industry. The project consortium spans 9 European countries and involves 29 partners. It is expected to run until October 2024. EU Grant Agreement n. 958337  

METABUILDING LABS: Enabling Innovation in the Construction Sector

Launched in January 2021, the EU-funded project METABUILDING LABS aims to unlock the innovation potential, improve competitiveness and boost the market impact of the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the European construction sector. A large consortium of 40 partners joined forces to provide the construction sector access to over 100 high-value testing facilities (laboratories, test benches, pilot buildings, and living labs) across 12 European countries, allowing stakeholders to develop and test innovative systems and solutions for next-generation buildings. The project is expected to run until January 2026. EU Grant Agreement n. 953193

Innovation Hub Members