Saturday, October 06, 2018

A New Way to Make Steel Could Cut 5% of CO2 Emissions at a Stroke

Boston Metal has developed technology to electrify steelmaking, and a pending funding round will kick-start a large demonstration project.

How Boston Metal's electrolytic cell processes metal using electricity (Credit: Boston Metal) Click to Enlarge.
A lumpy disc of dark-gray steel covers a bench in the lab space of Boston Metal, an MIT spinout located a half-hour north of its namesake city.

It’s the company’s first batch of the high-strength alloy, created using a novel approach to metal processing.  Instead of the blast furnace employed in steelmaking for centuries, Boston Metal has developed something closer to a battery.  Specifically, it’s what’s known as an electrolytic cell, which uses electricity—rather than carbon—to process raw iron ore.

If the technology works at scale as cheaply as the founders hope, it could offer a clear path to cutting greenhouse-gas emissions from one of the hardest-to-clean sectors of the global economy, and the single biggest industrial source of climate pollution.

After working on the idea for the last six years, the nine-person company is shifting into its next phase.  If it closes a pending funding round, the startup plans to build a large demonstration facility and develop an industrial-scale cell for steel production.

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