Obtaining Aluminum by the Electrolysis with the Solar Radiation Using1


I. M. Frantsevich Institute for Problems of Materials Science of the NAS of Ukraine, Omeliana Pritsaka str.,3, Kyiv, 03142, Ukraine
Applied Solar Energy: Allerton Press, Inc., 2013, Т.49, #1


The aluminum production is one of the most energy-intensive processes of modern industry. The paper describes an attempt to obtain aluminum by electrolysis according to the Hall-Herout’s process without utilization of the industrial electric power but due to the cheap renewable environmentally friendly solar energy using. In this version, the electrolysis cell heating is performed by a concentrator of solar radiation while the electrolysis process is carried out with the direct electric current from a solar battery. It is shown that the Hall- Heroult’s process can be carried out by the solar energy exclusively. The proposed approach is a some contri- bution to development of alternative energy industry, in particular in its using in the classical metallurgy pro- cesses.