Introduction to Fossil Free Steelmaking

Steel is the most versatile and important material in the world. The steel industry is imperative to civilisation. However, the steel industry is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and associated global warming. Sources of greenhouse gas emissions from traditional integrated ironmaking & steelmaking will be detailed and the latest advancements to realise a carbon-neutral steel industry will be introduced.


Free for Welsh businesses or employees living in Wales
£600pp for businesses or employees outside Wales

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Free for Welsh businesses or employees living in Wales
£600pp for businesses outside of Wales

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Course Benefits
After completing this module, the student should be able to demonstrate an understanding of:
  • the pressure on the steel industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • the distribution of greenhouse gas emissions across traditional integrated ironmaking & steelmaking
  • traditional integrated ironmaking & steelmaking processes with emphasis on the Blast Furnace and Basic Oxygen Furnace
  • established ironmaking processes besides the Blast Furnace with emphasis on Direct Reduced Iron by natural gas
  • Direct Reduced Iron by hydrogen with water the only by-product
  • hydrogen production processes with emphasis on water electrolysis
  • how to store & transport hydrogen
  • established steelmaking processes besides the Basic Oxygen Furnace with emphasis on the Electric Arc Furnace
  • effective scrap steel recycling to capitalise on the Electric Arc Furnace
  • the socioeconomic factors that need to be addressed alongside the technical challenges
Course programme
  • Introduction: greenhouse gases, global warming, the need for fossil-free steelmaking
  • Legislation: emissions trading, carbon pricing, the UK post-Brexit
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Traditional Integrated Steelmaking: charge preparation, Blast Furnace, Basic Oxygen Furnace
  • Routes to Cleaner Steelmaking: Blast Furnace efficiency, carbon capture, Direct Reduced Iron
  • Direct Reduced Iron: chemistry, coal based, gas based, hybrid processes
  • Direct Reduced Iron by Hydrogen: chemistry, kinetics, emissions
  • Hydrogen: water electrolysis, renewable electricity, fuel cells, storage & transport
  • Electric Arc Steelmaking: how it works, emissions, electricity demand
  • Scrap & Recycling: classification, quantity, quality, measures to increase recycling
  • The Business Case: the cost of fossil-free steel, cooperation across sectors & nations

comment If you would like to discuss specific content, then we can arrange an informal discussion with the course tutor.

This is an on line course so can be accessed anytime at your convenience. There is approx. 21-30 hours of course content to complete, depending on your knowledge of subject. There is a tutor who is assigned to the course who will answer any queries and hold tutorials if necessary, he is very approachable and where possible will find a convenient time that works for both of you
At the end of each section of the course there are a set of questions, they are to test your understanding and to contribute towards your final mark. At the end of the course you will be asked to submit a written assignment which will make up your final mark.
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