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AWARD: Orbite recognized for advancing “green” chemistry

OTTAWA – The Chemical Institute of Canada has given this year's Green Chemistry and Engineering Network Award to Orbite Aluminae of Montreal. The accolade recognizes Orbite for its development of a breakthrough technology in the field of...



OTTAWA – The Chemical Institute of Canada has given this year’s Green Chemistry and Engineering Network Award to Orbite Aluminae of Montreal. The accolade recognizes Orbite for its development of a breakthrough technology in the field of alumina production and monetization of red mud and fly ash.

Alumina is the primary material used to make aluminium, and is extracted from bauxite. The industry currently uses an extraction process that generates a highly caustic waste, which is typically stored in holding ponds. Depending on the quality of the bauxite and process efficiencies, between one and two tonnes of waste is generated for each tonne of alumina produced. Orbite’s patented process not only eliminates caustic waste products but uses less energy and generates less pollution than the conventional Bayer process.

The CIC green engineering award is presented to companies that have made significant contributions to the field of green chemistry and engineering, including the technical, economic, human health and environmental benefits.

Learn more about Orbite’s advanced aluminum technology at OrbiteAluminae.com.