Chemistry means low-emission steelmaking alternatives remain a challenge: Bluescope boss

Widespread adoption of breakthrough low-emission steelmaking was a “considerable way off,” the CEO of Bluescope has said.   According to The Australian Financial Review, Mark Vasella said the steelmaking industry was striving to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, and there were alternatives to using fossil fuel-based energy, but the traditional use of carbon required to…

Steel breakthrough – thyssenkrupp makes steel using hydrogen

By Peter Roberts Steelmaking has always been the one area where even in the most carbon constrained industrial future imaginable, the world might just need to use Australian coking coal. But now, thanks to an industrial breakthrough of truly massive proportions, the world may be left with very few critically important uses for coal. German…

Our ability to manufacture minerals could transform the gem market, medical industries and even help suck carbon from the air

By Anita Parbhakar-Fox, Senior Research Fellow in Geometallurgy/Applied Geochemistry, The University of Queensland and Paul Gow, Principal Research Fellow, The University of Queensland Last month, scientists uncovered a mineral called Edscottite. Minerals are solid, naturally occurring substances that are not living, such as quartz or haematite. This new mineral was discovered after an examination of the…

The era of making steel without carbon emissions is here

Analysis by Peter Roberts One of the biggest issues about moving to a carbon-free future has been how to eliminate dangerous emissions from products such as cement and steel that are absolutely vital to the economy. In a sense electricity production was an easy problem to solve using clean renewables compared to the greater industrial…

Liberty Steel sought government loan guarantee: report

There have been media reports that Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance approached federal and state governments for a government guarantee to aid the Whyalla smelter’s restructure and expansion. Todays’s report, in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, reported sources who claim an informal approach was made to a joint Commonweath/South Australian taskforce about the possibility of…