Australian inventor Mark Sceats has recently told the Tech Zero podcast at the AFR that his patented kiln could fix the iron ore industry’s most intractable climate challenge.
Dr Sceats, 73, has spent the past year focused on developing a low-carbon, affordable method for removing the oxygen from iron ore in the hope that he can help Australia’s biggest export industry start selling “green iron” rather than iron ore.
Green iron is a higher-value form of iron ore that has been stripped of its oxygen atoms and other impurities to leave pure iron to go into the steel-making process.
Big miners such as Rio Tinto and Fortescue Metals Group have stated their desire to sell more green iron from Western Australia’s Pilbara region as part of efforts to reduce the “scope 3” emissions generated by their customers in the steel-making process.
Read the entire article at the Australian Financial Review