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The iron and steel industry represents the largest energy consuming manufacturing sector in the world with average emissions being around 2 tonnes of CO 2 per tonne of steel. The enormous CO 2 footprint of steel mills, which accounts for 5 – 7 % of anthropogenic CO 2 emission, must be substantially reduced. A unique feature of the current steel making processes is the presence of energy containing residual gases; Coke Oven Gas (COG), Blast Furnace Gas (BFG) and Basic Oxygen Furnace Gas (BOFG). COG is the most energy rich of these streams containing ~65 vol% H 2 while the BOFG has significant CO content (>50 vol%). BFG represents the greatest volumetric flow, and is hence the focus of particular...Read more
This blog was co-authored by Hisham Al Baroudi, Solene Chiquier and MennatAllah Labib. We are three PhD students from three different universities that came together along with a bunch of other students and experts in the CCUS field to attend a bi-annual conference hosted by the UKCCSRC. These conferences are only attended by people from within the CCUS community, but we would like for everyone (those of you who are within the CCUS community, and those of you who are not) to know how it all went. With the climate change crisis that our generation is facing, it is a good idea for everyone to know what the experts can do about it and to take part in the narrative...Read more
This blog was co-authored by Eduardo Garcia, Louise Hamdy and Yongliang Yan. The UKCCSRC Conference held on 16-17 April in Cardiff 2019, kicked off on a caffeine-fuelled Tuesday morning with ‘Post-combustion capture retrofit - A topical seminar’ on the post- combustion capture (PCC) of carbon dioxide (CO 2 ). PCC is considered highly important for its short-term applicability in utilising fossil fuels without increasing the atmospheric CO 2 concentration and for eventually allowing us to reduce the CO 2 concentration in line with limiting the global average temperature increase to below 1.5 °C. It is also lauded as a practical solution to climate change due to its potential for retrofitting to existing power plants. Aqueous amine-based chemical absorption of CO...Read more
This blog was authored by Junyoung Hwang, Imperial College London. My first UKCCSRC meeting was held at Cardiff University to discuss the past, present, and most importantly the future of Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS). The meeting sessions presented a wide range of CCUS research areas, including the current retrofit technologies and CCUS applications in many locations in the UK. It was also interesting to hear from the delegates from the US Senate Committee on what is being discussed across the pond. The poster session was also a great opportunity to present my work to the CCUS community in the UK. On the second day of the conference, parallel sessions were held on the main aspects of reducing the...Read more