24 June 2020 | Ep.28 – Hydrogen: an alternative reductant?
In this episode of Stirring the Pot, we talk to recent recipient of HERA’s Innovation Award – Chris Bumby.
As a Victoria University of Wellingtons Senior Scientist, he has been heading exciting research that is leading towards the development of hydrogen as a reductant for iron ores.
This would mean that water, instead of carbon dioxide, would be the bi-product of reduction and may eliminate the use of coal.
Their work has already developed a small-scale zero-carbon way to make iron that works especially well for New Zealand iron sands. The one-step process is also looking promising in that it produces very high purity iron very quickly.
Excitingly, the team have recently won a $6.5 million grant to start to scale-up the process to tens of kilograms level, taking it one step further towards the aimed eventual commercial scale.
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More information on this research: https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/engineering/about/news/robinson-research-institutes-hydrogen-steelmaking-research-wins-innovation-award
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