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Alcoa Unveils Partnership for Carbon Capture Technology Pilot Test Designed to Turn Emissions Into Beneficial Commercial Products
Date:4/7/2011

NEW YORK, April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Alcoa (NYSE: AA) today announced a new pilot program, in collaboration with Codexis, Inc. (Nasdaq: CDXS) and CO2 Solution Inc. (TSX-V: CST), focused on carbon capture technology designed to sequester industrial carbon emissions, neutralizing the material to create a commercially viable product.

The project is the latest innovation from the world's leading aluminum producer and will be funded by Alcoa along with approximately $13.5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) received from an award with the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). This funding was made available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The pilot program, part of Alcoa's ongoing commitment to enhance its operational sustainability, will use an innovative and proprietary in-duct scrubber technology to capture emissions. The collaboration is intended to devise solutions that treat and utilize a primary byproduct of the aluminum manufacturing process known as alkaline clay, or bauxite residue, as well as other alkaline industrial residuals. This pilot project will test a scrubbing process that combines treated flue gas, enzymes and alkaline clay to create a mineral-rich neutralized product that could be used for environmental reclamation projects. The project is emblematic of how Alcoa is leveraging its extensive R&D capabilities and utilizing game-changing technologies from companies such as Codexis and CO2 Solution to advance sustainable solutions that can have an impact beyond Alcoa's operations.

"Our mission at Alcoa is to create a more sustainable world through innovative solutions and responsible operations," said Kevin Anton, Alcoa's Chief Sustainability Officer. "Finding ways to turn industrial waste into benef
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