If the steel industry is to continue reducing its greenhouse gas emissions in the long term, it will have to invest in new breakthrough technologies. Programs such as ULCOS in Europe, Course50 in Japan and AISI’s project in the USA will be necessary to develop these thechnologies. However, in the absence of greenhouse gas emissions regulations, the US projects may have fallen behind. Some of the Asian and European technologies are already at the mediium-scale pilot phase.
SBB 17 March The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) says it has wrapped up a decade-long collaborative industry research and development initiative with the release of the final report of its Technology Roadmap Research Program for the Steel Industry (TRP).
Forty-seven R&D projects are chronicled in the report, which covers collaborative efforts jointly funded by the steel industry and the US Department of Energy in an effort to save energy, increase competitiveness and reduce CO2 emissions, Steel Business Briefing understands.
“The results speak for themselves,” AISI president and CEO Thomas Gibson says in a statement. “We have achieved a 30% energy intensity reduction since 1990. To make future reductions of this magnitude, we are exploring ‘breakthrough technologies’ and must have continued collaboration between industry and government through successful partnership programs like TRP.”
Among several projects started and continuing under the TRP initiative are the paired straight hearth furnace, hydrogen flash smelting and molten oxide electrolysis, AISI notes.