Steel firms pin hopes on low-carbon blast furnace

The steel industry is investing millions in researching ways of making steel that promise massive cuts in carbon emissions. James Richens looks at how the new technologies work and assesses their prospects of becoming a reality

Tata's HIsarna blas furnace could emit 80% less CO2 (credit: Tata Steel)This summer Tata Steel will fire up a revolutionary new low-carbon process for making steel at its site in IJmuiden, the Netherlands, which promises to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 20%. The technology will also enable carbon capture to be fitted to steel plants, cutting emissions by 80%.

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