Towards Sustainable Energy Practices in

Metal Processing

About 50% of the global carbon dioxide contribution to greenhouse gases (GHG) in 2010 originated from fossil fuels, for the production of electricity and heat, as well as for industrial processes such as chemical, metallurgical and minerals extraction processes. Significant progress has since been achieved around the globe to transition the power and heat generation industries to renewable energy.  However, the process industries, including metal extraction processes, have  much potential for further improvements in this area. Today, the carbon dioxide contribution to the global GHG have reached an all time high, calling for considerable effort on the part of the process industry to eliminate or reduce its emissions and in this way develop a cleaner and more sustainable industry.

This symposium will bring together private and government reasearch organizations, metal processing plant operators solar and other carbon-free energy technology suppliers/operators in a global forum to exchange ideas in all areas of metals and minerals processing.

Subjects Covered:

Abstracts are solicited for, but not limited to, the following topics:

  1. Existing/Development of Enabling Technologies Employed in Sustainable Processes: The science and technology of sustainable processes:
    1. Modification and/or redesign of existing fossil fuel-based processes enabling the use of renewable energy in ferrous/non-ferrous, hydro, pyro and minerals sectors
    2. Development of sustainable materials for the production of high efficiency solar power generation technologies
  1. Industrial Scale Energy Storage Technologies:
    1. Existing and latest developments in large power storage systems
    2. Commercial scale recycling processes for large batteries, including economics
  1. Sustainable Thermal Energy Technologies of the Future:
    1. Wind, solar (PV, CSP), geothermal, hydrogen
    2. Other innovative technologies under development
  1. Latest Developments and Commercial Operation of CO2 Capture and Sequestration Technologies (CCS)

Symposium Organizers

Chair: Ahmad Vahed, Worley
Chris Pickles, Queens University
Roki Fukuzawa, Hatch
Gillian Holcroft, CMIC
Greg Richards, Teck
Daniel Brosig, GCT
Anne Naeth, University of Alberta
George Houlachi, IREQ
Romeo Ravoianu, SNC-Lavalin

Keynote Speaker

Energy Transition Outlook 2020

Dr. Sridhar is a Vice President of DNV GL and Program Director in the Materials Technology Development section of DNV GL, USA. He is also a Research Professor in the Materials Science & Engineering Department at The Ohio State University. His main technical interests involve life prediction and risk assessment of structures and systems and innovative energy use technologies. From 2008 to 2017, he was the Program Director for the Materials Program in the DNVGL Strategic Research & Innovation. From 1989 to 2007, he worked at the Center for Nuclear Waste Regulatory Analyses and the Division of Mechanical and Materials Engineering in Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas in various managerial capacities. From 1981 through 1989, he worked at Haynes International, Kokomo, Indiana as a Group Leader of the corrosion group. He obtained a Ph.D. from University of Notre Dame in 1980. He has published over 190 papers and book chapters and has several patents. He is a Fellow of NACE International and has received numerous awards, including the NACE Frank Newman Speller and Technical Achievement awards, the Dechema Vaaler award, the R&D 100 award, The International Corrosion Society Edward Greco award, and the Institute of Metals Guy Bengough award.

Nasari Sridhar


DNVGL is a global company that is roughly 12,000 persons strong with a mission to safeguard life, property, and the environment. It is located in over 100 different countries and provides certification, qualification, and risk management services. DNVGL started in 1864 with roots in the shipping industry as an independent 3rd party assurer of ship safety. Over the intervening years, it has expanded this role to other industries including, oil & gas, chemical, power transmission, renewable energy, food, and healthcare. It has several laboratories located in Norway, Netherlands, Singapore, U.K., and U.S.. The metallurgical laboratories are located mainly in Norway (Oslo and Bergen) and the U.S. (Columbus, Ohio), where we conduct materials qualification, failure analyses, and litigation support for a variety of industries. DNVGL has been producing the Energy Transition Outlook document every year since 2017.