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Bauxite Industry’s Green Makeover with Romain Girbal’s IB2 Approach

ByVenuesToday Staff

Mar 29, 2024

High-grade bauxite ore is being used up for alumina production due to the soaring global demand for aluminum. Nations like Saudi Arabia, China, and Kazakhstan find themselves challenged as they’re quickly running out of high-grade ores. With low-quality bauxite left in abundance in these regions, refining them to create alumina raises environmental concerns.

The increased production of red mud and CO2 emissions during alumina refinement from low-grade bauxite has become a significant roadblock. It’s important to note that these pollutants are also produced during the refinement of high-grade ores. But, lower-quality ones produce significantly more. This forces refineries to import high-grade bauxite and increases aluminum costs.

This predicament begs for a sustainable solution that allows refineries to process inexpensive and abundant low-grade ores in an environmentally friendly manner.

IB2 is a company that is providing one such solution. Named after the IB2 (Improved Bauxite, Improved Bayer) process developed by CEO Yves Occello, the company aims to make aluminum production greener. Yves collaborated with French entrepreneur Romain Girbal to launch IB2, offering an eco-friendly solution to the aluminum industry’s challenges.

The IB2 process comprises two key steps: Improved Bauxite and Improved Bayer. In the first step, the IB2 unit treats bauxite waste to enhance alumina content. This reduces red mud production in the subsequent stage but also yields a valuable by-product – tobermorite.

Tobermorite is a green cement alternative with a growing market. The dual impact of enhanced alumina content and creating a marketable by-product is a significant leap toward profitability.

Moving to the second step, Improved Bayer transforms the improved bauxite into alumina with lower energy consumption compared to standard refining processes. The results are impressive – a remarkable 60% reduction in red mud production and a substantial decrease in CO2 emissions. Plus, it also helps refineries save around 40% in production costs. That’s big for heavy industries like this one.

Romain believes that IB2 can play out as a game-changer in the industry. Talking about its impact, Romain said, “IB2 not only makes alumina production more efficient and sustainable but also adds value for refineries. The benefits are manifold: reduced energy consumption, a 25% cut in bauxite consumption, reduced wastes, and the additional production of tobermorite.

Another attractive feature of IB2 is its agility,” claims Romain. “The IB2 unit seamlessly integrates with existing refineries without necessitating costly equipment or modifications.” This adaptability ensures that refineries can transition to a more efficient refinement without disrupting their operations.

The impact of IB2’s innovation is already reverberating globally. A major Chinese aluminum production company has inked a significant 22-year contract with IB2, recognizing the transformative potential of the Improved Bauxite and Improved Bayer processes. Romain believes that this partnership signals a step towards a greener future for aluminum production in one of the world’s largest manufacturing hubs.

Today, the world grapples with balancing industrial growth with environmental responsibility. The aluminum industry is no exception to this and has been looking for innovative solutions for several decades.
Now, solutions like Romain Girbal’s IB2 have emerged, providing that breakthrough to make the aluminum industry more profitable, efficient, and greener. Plus, such solutions can help meet the aluminum demands by ensuring bauxite supply without creating environmental havoc. To learn more about it, you can visit the IB2 website.

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