R&Di
Aluminium

Our goal is to be technologically competitive by providing environmentally sustainable services for the recycling of hazardous waste from the aluminium industry.

16

Patents have been registered

€7,12m

R&D expenses in the last 5 years

30

Projects in the last 5 years

>50

Open innovation technology centres universities and partners

Since 2012, Befesa Aluminio has its own R&Di testing house center where R&Di efforts are focused to achieve our objective, promote circular economy and introduce new high value products from recycling origin in the market.

Our R&Di strategy is designed to create value by developing sustainable improvements to existing technologies, optimizing operations and product quality, developing new processes to achieve higher recycling efficiency, reducing cost and improving environmental conditions.

More than 400 m2 of facilities, located in Valladolid (Spain), constitute our fully equipped multidisciplinary laboratory which is dedicated exclusively to our researching and innovation commitment, faithfully recreate an environment similar to our industrial process.

In our continuous goal to progress our knowledge, different pilot plants have been developed to better understand our business.

Treatment of salt slags and SPLs, recovering brine and secondary aluminium oxide (9 tpy)

Crystallization plant where brine is transformed to salt KCl/NaCl (2 tpy)

Refining treatment of secondary aluminium oxide (6.5 tpy)

Brine cleaning recovering aluminium rich compounds (35m3py)

Team

Befesa Aluminio has a R&Di team made up of 5 highly qualified members who are exclusively dedicated to dealing with challenges in the aluminium recycling value chain: raw material, process and products.

Collaborations

One of the pillars of Befesa’s R&Di strategy is external collaboration. This is primarily executed via research groups and institutions, public research centres, universities and other industrial enterprises with whom Befesa frequently collaborates in R&Di projects with.

Befesa is a founding partner of Basque Innovation Agency (Innobasque), which seeks to coordinate and promote innovation in the Basque Country. Befesa is a member of the Labein Tecnalia Foundation, a private technology centre with significant business involvement that creates partnerships within their markerts to develop innovative capacity using technology as a tool to increase competitiveness.

Recently, Befesa is joined to the Basque Hydrogen Corridor (BH2C) that will enable to progress to be made in the decarbonisation of the industrial process.

 

 

Our main collaborators:

Projects

Befesa Aluminio’s strategy in the field of innovation is designed to create value by developing sustainable improvements in existing technologies, optimizing production processes and product quality, as well as developing new processes and products that allow greater efficiency in recycling, reducing cost and improving environmental conditions.

At Befesa Aluminio we actively participate in European, National and Regional
R&Di support programs.

Fissac

Fostering Industrial Symbiosis for a Sustainable Resource Intensive Industry across the extended Construction Value Chain.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s H2020 research and innovation program under Grant Agreement No 642154

http://fissacproject.eu/es/

Radius

Recycled automotive brake disks by upgrading metallic scraps.

This activity has received funding from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union under the Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

http://radiusproject.es/

Bauxal II

Valorization towards a circular economy of Al-by products in refractory industry as alternative to CRM-Bauxite-LIFE17 ENV/ES/000160.

The BAUXAL-II Project (LIFE17ENV/ES/00160) is co-funded by the EU LIFE Programme

https://www.bauxal2.com/

Sisal

Innovative pilot for Silicon production with low environmental impact using secondary Aluminium and silicon raw materials.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 869268

https://www.sisal-pilot.eu/

REPLACEMENT OF LIGTHS TO HIGH EFFICIENCY LEDS

File number: 174-AEE/2019

Total investment: 44.517,40€

GRANT: 6.864,44€

FINAL EXPECTED SAVING: 348.5MWh/year.

Una manera de hacer Europa

Proyecto acogido a la línea de ayudas de ahorro y eficiencia energética en PYME y gran empresa del sector industrial, cofinanciada por el Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional (FEDER), y gestionada por el IDEA con cargo al Fondo Nacional de Eficiencia Energética , con el objetivo de conseguir una economía más limpia y sostenible.

Installation of tilting rotary furnace

File number: FN-PGESI-2018-002195

The main goal of the project is to achieve an important improvement in global energy and environmental efficiency of the aluminium recycling process, in particular in the Befesa Aluminio facilities of Las Franqueses del Vallés (Barcelona).

The main rotary furnace and the peripheral devices: the salt slags cooling system and gas treatment system have been replaced to achieve the objective.

The additional annual saving has been estimated at 15,307,452 kWh, which is equivalent to 1,316.20 metric tons of oil equivalent (toe) (1 toe = 11,630 kWh).

Proyecto acogido a la línea de ayudas de ahorro y eficiencia energética en PYME y gran empresa del sector industrial, cofinanciado por el Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional (FEDER), y gestionado por el IDAE con cargo al Fondo Nacional de Eficiencia Energética, con el objeto de conseguir una economía más limpia y sostenible

MAT EV

New polymeric materials with advanced properties for new generation components and systems for electric vehicle.

File number: ZE-2019/00019

Actuación cofinanciada por el Gobierno Vasco y la Unión Europea a través del Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional 2014-2020 (FEDER)

SU TREN

Safety and light materials, products and systems for the railway sector.

File number: ZL-2021/00297

Actuación cofinanciada por el Gobierno Vasco y la Unión Europea a través del Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional 2021-2027 (FEDER)

Alfused

New corundum-based abrasives from secondary bauxite derived from the aluminium recycling process.

File number: ZL-2020/00177

Actuación cofinanciada por el Gobierno Vasco y la Unión Europea a través del Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional 2014-2020 (FEDER))

Alumelt

New quality of secondary aluminium through improvement of recycled fluxes.

File number: ZL-2020/00111

Actuación cofinanciada por el Gobierno Vasco y la Unión Europea a través del Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional 2014-2020 (FEDER))

HPP

High-purity secondary aluminium oxide for LED and electronic devices manufacturing.

Actuación cofinanciada (50%) por la Unión E uropea a través del Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional 2014-2020 (FEDER)

Alusalt

Study and improvement of recycled salts quality from salt slag valorisation process.

File number: Al-19/2918

Proyecto financiado dentro del programa de subvenciones para proyectos de economía circular y eco innovación en el municipio de Valladolid (2018)

Floreal

New flocculants based on recycled materials from the aluminium industry for water treatment and construction.

File number: ZL-2021/00186

Actuación cofinanciada por el Gobierno Vasco y la Unión Europea a través del Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional 2021-2027 (FEDER).

Alujoint

Development of modular lightweight chassis through integration of structural components by merging advanced aluminium processing and bonding technologies.

File number: ZE-2020/00014

Actuación cofinanciada por el Gobierno Vasco y la Unión Europea a través del Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional 2014-2020 (FEDER).

Linavu

Redesign of ingot moulds to increase operational lifetime.

Actuación cofinanciada (50%) por la Unión Europea a través del Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional 2014-2020 (FEDER)

H2Hornos

Development of industrial burners and furnaces to used hydrogen as fuel.

File number: ZL-2021/00888

Actuación cofinanciada por el Gobierno Vasco y la Unión Europea a través del Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional 2021-2027 (FEDER)

PURALED

Recycled high pure alumina to manufacture LEDs and electronic components.

File Number: ZL-2021/00871

Actuación cofinanciada por el Gobierno Vasco y la Unión Europea a través del Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional 2021-2027 (FEDER)