Transforming old alternative materials into low carbon industrial materials

Explore how steel, ceramics and other foundation industry materials can lower their carbon footprint through the reforming and recycling of alternative materials.

Green steel, green ceramics – in fact green-any-hard-abate-material – decarbonisation discussions usually focus on fuel switching, energy efficiency or the increased recycling of these same materials. The work being led by Professor Veena Sahajwalla shows that innovative reuse, reforming and recycling of alternative materials (from old tyres to glass and fabric) offers an exciting, commercial and innovative route for producing low carbon materials for some of the toughest to abate sectors.

Listen in and learn about where the inspiration for alternative molecules for reforming/reuse comes from, how the team collaborates with industry, and you’ll learn about the commercialisation of new processes for green steel and green ceramics (just a couple of examples).

We also talk about seeing renewable materials in the same way that we look at renewable energy, along with thoughts on microrecycling and the value of microfactories.

High energy, entrepreneurial, rooted in science, collaborating with industry; this is a great fit for investors, academics and industrialists committed to decarbonising our most traditional industries but who are looking for next generation solutions.

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Decarb Connect supports the acceleration of industrial decarbonisation around the globe. We share insights and facilitate collaborations across the emerging decarbonisation ecosystem. We look specifically at the most energy-intensive industrials from cement, metals and mining, glass, ceramics, chemicals, O&G and many more and help connect them to technology disruptors, investors and advisors.

Through the Decarbonisation Leaders Network (DLN), our members (a cross-sector network of those leading decarbonisation in energy-intensive industries) share insights and experiences as they accelerate their Net Zero plans. Check out Decarb Connect’s offerings and learn about the Decarbonisation Leaders Network members, meetups and benefits.

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