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Green Steel From Toxic Red Mud

A groundbreaking study conducted by scientists at the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung unveils a revolutionary method to address the environmental challenges posed by the production of aluminium and steel. The conventional production processes of these metals generate substantial environmental hazards, with the aluminium industry alone producing approximately 180 million tonnes of toxic red mud annually. This waste, which contains highly alkaline properties and traces of heavy metals, poses significant disposal challenges and environmental risks, including soil contamination and the potential for environmental disasters. However, the Max Planck team's innovative approach offers a dual solution: by utilizing hydrogen plasma in an electric arc furnace, they can efficiently convert iron oxide from red mud into pure iron, which can then be used to produce steel. Not only does this process effectively utilize aluminium production waste, but it also significantly reduces CO2 emissions, offering a sustainable and economically viable alternative to conventional steel production methods.
Moreover, the economic feasibility of this approach further underscores its potential for widespread adoption within the industry. Cost analyses conducted by the research team demonstrate that, with the use of green hydrogen and a partially renewable electricity mix, the process becomes economically viable with red mud containing 50% or more iron oxide. Considering the costs associated with red mud disposal, even lower concentrations of iron oxide (as low as 35%) make the process economically attractive. Additionally, the widespread use of electric arc furnaces in the metal industry means that minimal investments are required for implementation, making it a practical and accessible solution for reducing the environmental footprint of aluminium production while meeting the increasing global demand for steel. Ultimately, the success of this innovative approach lies in the hands of industry stakeholders, who now have the opportunity to embrace a more sustainable and efficient method of metal production.




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  • johnte ndeto

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    This sustainable and economically viable alternative to conventional steel production methods has the potential to revolutionize the industry by providing a green pathway towards producing steel while mitigating environmental risks 💯

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    • richardbragg maurice

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      A significant step forward in lessening the negative environmental consequences of traditional manufacturing processes is represented by the study's innovative approach to addressing environmental challenges in the production of steel and https://polytrack.online

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      • Princess

        6 w

        It's inspiring to see such creative solutions being developed to protect our planet.

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        • Tabitha Kimani

          6 w

          A ground breaking innovation towards circularity of steel.

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          • We Don't Have Time

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            • walter lungayi

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              The study's innovative approach to addressing environmental challenges in aluminium and steel production is a significant step forward in mitigating the harmful impacts of traditional production processes on the environment.

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              • Sarah Chabane

                6 w

                That's interesting! I have never heard of such a solution

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                • Joseph Githinji

                  6 w

                  Circular economy at its best, turning waste in to green steel is incredibly good for the environment.

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                  • Kevin

                    6 w

                    Phenomenal innovations such as this will help rid the environment of toxic waste that can be recycled and utilized efficiently elsewhere

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                    • Edwin wangombe

                      6 w

                      @Kevin, I agree with you this method will help get rid of waste

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                    • Rotich Kim

                      6 w

                      This study is good we are hopeful it will reduce waste and pollution

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                      • Edwin wangombe

                        6 w

                        @rotich_kim The adoption of circularity will be the solution to the waste pollution crisis that we are facing in the world

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                      • Elizabeth Gathigia

                        6 w

                        It's a commendable idea to see waste being turned into something useful

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                        • Edwin wangombe

                          6 w

                          @elizbeth_gathigia yes we should adopt this strategy to get rid of all waste in the world

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                        • Edwin wangombe

                          6 w

                          this is amazing ... adopting circularity is important as it will help proper waste management in the world

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                          • Chris Ndungu

                            6 w

                            Turning waste to be useable is an idea that has not been discovered. This is really prodigious if taken serious.

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                            • Edwin wangombe

                              6 w

                              @chris_ndungu I agree with you it is such a big achievement

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                            • Markus Lutteman

                              6 w

                              Wow!

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                              • Jane Wangui

                                6 w

                                Who would have thought that something that was considered waste.. could be used to make something equally valuable and in the process reduce the amount of emissions.this is quite commendable.

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                                • Munene Mugambi

                                  6 w

                                  @jane_wangui This is the idea behind a circular economy where we believe there's no actual waste and everything can be used to make something else or will be of use in a different way. This is how we cut emissions, pollution and wastage.

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                                  • Edwin wangombe

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                                    @jane_wangui This is the accurate definition of circularity and the more we adopt the 3Rs strategy of getting rid of waste will put an end to the landfills and pollution menace

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                                    • Edwin wangombe

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                                      @munene_mugambi I believe if more adopt this method of recycling, reusing and reducing, we will cut off pollution in the world

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