AISI Releases Final Report Of The Technology Roadmap Research Program Describing

47 R&D Projects Valued At $38 Million Supported By The Steel Industry And U.S. DOE

Washington, D.C., March 16, 2011  – The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) has released the Final Report of the Technology Roadmap Research Program for the Steel Industry—an account of collaborative R&D efforts jointly funded by the steel industry and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).  The report details 47 R&D projects valued at $38 million for research into all areas of steelmaking conducted over a 10-year period. 

The Technology Roadmap Program (TRP) was designed to develop new technologies directed at joint government and industry goals—saving energy, increasing competitiveness and reducing emissions to the environment.  The program results provided significant energy and CO2 savings in steel manufacturing.  More importantly, even greater savings are being realized by the users of steel products.  For example, several advanced high-strength steel projects resulted in lightweight automotive designs—in turn reducing gasoline consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. 

“The TRP Final Report is the culmination of a decade of collaborative R&D work that defined a pathway for achieving the North American steel industry’s established energy and environmental objectives,” AISI President and CEO Thomas J. Gibson said.  “The results speak for themselves.  We have achieved a 30 percent energy intensity reduction since 1990.  To make future reductions of this magnitude, we are exploring ‘breakthrough technologies’ and must have continued collaboration between industry and government through successful partnership programs like TRP.”

Breakthrough technologies are those that are significant departures from current technology.  The TRP began the steel industry’s efforts in this area.  Several projects begun under TRP are continuing and have the potential to substantially reduce CO2 emissions:  Paired Straight Hearth Furnace (McMaster University); Hydrogen Flash Smelting (University of Utah); and Molten Oxide Electrolysis (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).  AISI and its members are working to continue partnering with DOE to develop these next generation processes.

TRP supplemented the in-house R&D of the various steel companies co-funding the work.  It provided a vehicle for performing collaborative R&D benefitting the entire industry rather than a single company.  TRP also introduced the steel industry to new and cross-cutting technologies developed outside its industry, such as Laser Sensors from Sandia National Laboratories and Computational Fluid Dynamics modeling of the blast furnace vessel and off gas from Purdue University--Calumet and the University of New South Wales.

The Report details the program and methodology, sources and distribution of funds, and also provides highlights of selected R&D projects.  Areas covered include:  Ironmaking, CO2 Abatement and Alternative Ironmaking Processes, Basic Oxygen Furnace (BOF) and Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) Steelmaking, and Rolling Mill Operations.  It also highlights Sustainability, Recycling and CO2 Sequestration.  TRP ran from July 1997 to December 2008.

Click here to review the Report.   For more information, contact Joe Vehec, AISI’senior director of Collaborative R&D.

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Nancy Gravatt
Vice President, Communications
American Iron and Steel Institute
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