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ELYSIS Honoured as Breakthrough Solution of the Year

ELYSIS Honoured as Breakthrough Solution of the Year

Media release
17 May 2019

LONDON, MAY 17, 2019 – ELYSIS has been selected as the international “Breakthrough Solution of the Year” at the Global Metals Awards ceremony organized by S&P Global Platts, in London. This important honour, awarded by an independent panel of international experts, “recognizes innovators or first movers, as well as those with the perseverance to transform an existing process or make it remarkably better.”

“The ELYSIS™ technology is the greatest breakthrough in the aluminium industry since its beginnings in 1886. It has the potential to completely revolutionize the global aluminium industry. We are pleased to see such an important organization, S&P Global Platts, recognizing it with this international award. It’s a great reward for all our talented and devoted professionals who are relentlessly working on a common objective of refining the technology, aiming to complete its development and bring it to commercial size by 2024,” said Vincent Christ, Chief Executive Officer of ELYSIS, who was joined by Rio Tinto and Alcoa when accepting the award.

The Global Metals Awards, which is modeled after the highly respected Global Energy Awards, is a competitive awards program honouring excellence and accomplishments in the global metals industry. The competition is open to miners, producers, processors, equipment makers, exchanges, clearing houses, recyclers, technology providers, software creators, end-users and others contributing to the metals value chain.

The “Breakthrough Solution of the Year” category acknowledges the work of an organization instrumental in taking a promising metals production technology or process and expanding its use or impact. Judges focus on the research, development and commercialization of ingenious and cost-effective ways to enhance one or more of the following key objectives: greater efficiency, higher productivity, better quality and lower environmental impact.


ELYSIS is a technology company that was created thanks to a ground-breaking partnership between two global industry leaders – Alcoa and Rio Tinto. ELYSIS’ goal is to revolutionize the way aluminium is produced across the globe. Our process eliminates all direct greenhouse gases from aluminium smelting, and instead produces pure oxygen. Alcoa, Rio Tinto, the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec provided a combined investment of $188 million (CAD) to create ELYSIS and to see this technology reach commercial maturity in 2024. Learn more at