The company also said that in recognition of these advantages, the Department of Energy’s ARPA-E office (ARPA-E) and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) are providing grant funding to support Infinium’s development and commercialisation of this technology.

Pure Oxygen Anodes separate the metal production chamber from anode gases. Infinium anodes eliminate corrosive and toxic anode gas contamination, and are able to reduce cell energy losses by 60% or more, and eliminate the cost, energy, and emissions of graphite anode production, the company said.

It has identified key advantages of its technology in aluminium production as virtually eliminating CO2 emissions, which currently create 7-10lb CO2 for every lb of aluminum produced, enabling 3x-5x higher production output per footprint and reducing the cost by halving the energy required and eliminating the need for consumable graphite anodes.