S&T researchers awarded $14 million to zap metal manufacturing’s greenhouse gas emissions

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On July 11, 2023

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Melting and forging steel requires high temperatures and large amounts of energy, which are achieved through combustion. Missouri S&T researchers plan to lower the carbon footprint by testing alternative methods. Photo by Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T. Photo by Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T.

Researchers at Missouri S&T will receive up to $14 million over the next five years through a federal initiative to study methods used to lower greenhouse gas emissions in iron and steel manufacturing.

“High temperatures and extreme amounts of energy are required to manufacture these metals, and this currently requires combustion,” says Dr. Ronald O’Malley, the F. Kenneth Iverson Endowed Chair of Steelmaking Technologies and director of the Kent D. Peaslee Steel Manufacturing Research Center at Missouri S&T.

“We plan to demonstrate replacement technologies, which will lead to electrification of these processes,” he says. “The goal will be to determine the most effective processes to significantly lower carbon emissions, while still being economically viable.”

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