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:: CSIRO and Universities Unite to Fight for Efficient Smelting

The CSIRO has announced that a team of its scientists and five Universities will research sustainable energy-efficient technologies for the Australasian aluminium industry through a new collaboration launched in September 2009.

The organisation says primary production of aluminium is highly energy intensive, and reducing the amount of energy used will assist the industry in maintaining competitiveness.

The ‘breakthrough technologies for primary aluminium’ research cluster brings together researchers from Swinburne University of Technology, the University of Auckland, the University of New South Wales, the University of Queensland, and the University of Wollongong, in collaboration with CSIRO scientists.

The announcement of the cluster was welcomed by Australian Aluminium Council Executive Director Miles Prosser.

Prosser says maintaining Australia's position as a global force in the aluminium industry is a key priority and the Council is pleased to see research that will maintain the industry's competitive advantage.

The CSIRO hopes the cluster will ultimately develop into an ongoing consortium that will service and support the industry and consolidate its global position.




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