Is BlueScope making a mistake betting on blast furnaces in a green steel era?

By Peter Roberts Just as the domestic electricity grid is making quick progress towards decarbonisation, so too are industrial processes such as steelmaking. Australia’s two primary steelmakers have taken different courses in moving towards lower carbon iron and steels. The GFG Alliance at Whyalla is moving from reliance on blast furnace technology towards a combination…

Australia needs large-scale energy production – here are 3 reasons why offshore wind is a good fit

By Ty Christopher, University of Wollongong and Michelle Voyer, University of Wollongong On the weekend, an area 20km off the Illawarra coast south of Sydney became Australia’s fourth offshore wind energy zone. It’s the most controversial zone to date, with consultation attracting a record 14,211 submissions – of which 65% were opposed. The zone’s declaration…

Calix near zero emissions steel set to be cost competitive

Low emission industrial technologies developer Calix has completed a front end engineering and design (FEED) study which found the company’s near zero emission ZESTY process was cost competitive with traditional high emissions iron making. Calix told investors that the study for a 30,000 tonne per annum Zero Emission Steel Technology (ZESTY) Hydrogen Direct Reduced Iron…

Best of the week — the five most popular stories among readers, January 29 – February 2, 2024

What were the five biggest stories of the week? Here’s what visitors to this site were reading. 5) Federal government to contribute $70 million for Townsville hydrogen hub The federal government has announced “up to $70 million” in funding to support development of the Townsville Region Hydrogen Hub in Queensland, with construction expected to be…

RMIT’s tiny titanium spike breakthrough suggests antimicrobial surfaces “may need to be rethought”

An RMIT University team has shown promising results from insect-inspired “microscale spikes” for titanium implants and other surfaces, demonstrating drug-free anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. According to a statement from the university, the features on the “micro-pillared titanium surface pattern” were about the height of a bacteria cell and designed to address drug-resistant “superbugs” which are…