Formation, Characterization and Treatment of Spent Potlining

Sunday, February 23, 2020
8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
San Diego, California
Stephan Broek, Director, Environmental Engineering & Technology, Center of Excellence for Aluminium, Hatch Ltd., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada; Harald Øye, Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway 


This course will review in detail how spent potlining (SPL) is formed (chemistry), health and safety aspects, and how it is generated (removed from pots), transported (including under Basel convention), and processed. Instructors will provide an in-depth review of all mature processing options and then will look at what is under development, as well. It will provide a truly comprehensive insight into what happens today with SPL on a worldwide basis.

This training course is unique, and no other training opportunity exists where spent potlining (SPL) is discussed in-depth as we plan to do here. This course will be a full overview, featuring all up-to-date practices and technologies. After completing the course, all attendees will be fully up to date on SPL and able to make better decisions on how to manage their SPL short-term and long-term, both responsibly and sustainably.
During the course, we take a close look at SPL from many different angles. Recently, there have been some updates on worldwide activities around SPL, and, in February of 2020, the IAI will launch its SPL management guide that is designed to help the primary aluminium industry manage SPL from cradle to grave. With hands-on training, participants will learn all about SPL as it stands today.

In this short course, participants will learn how cell linings become SPL and how the material is characterized. The materials go into transportation of the material before an in-depth discussion takes place of the commercial solutions to process and store SPL. The course will also give the participants the opportunity to evaluate their options as each smelting organization has its own criteria and boundaries it must work within.

Active participation is expected, and we look forward to hearing about the experiences of course participants.

Who Should Attend?

The following individuals will benefit from this course:

  • Plant and training managers, process engineers, and other technical personnel at aluminum smelters who are interested in managing environmental emissions
  • Suppliers of environmental control equipment
  • Young professionals looking to develop their career in the aluminum industry
  • Those aspiring to leadership in environmental management within their company and the aluminum industry

Learning Objectives

This half-day course will provide information about managing spent potlining, including a review of current methods and future directions.

Registration Rates

Registering As Advance Registration Rate
(on or before January 17)
Standard Registration Rate
(after January 17)
Member $250 $300
Non-member $300 $350
Student $125 $150

How To Register

Register for this course through the TMS2020 registration form.

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