University of Illinois to Study Carbon Capture at Gary Steel Mill – Inside Indiana Business

Gary Works of US Steel (photo courtesy of Times of Northwest Indiana/Joseph S. Pete)

US Steel’s Gary Works will be examined by the University of Illinois as part of its carbon capture study. Our partners at The Northwest Indiana Era report the study, which is funded by a $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, is part of decarbonization efforts to combat climate change.

The Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will conduct the research project, which The temperature reports aims to remove carbon dioxide from the ambient air around the integrated steel plant. Gary Works makes steel used for cars and washing machines, among other products.

“We are excited to bring together a strong team of academic and industry collaborators to accelerate the efficient and economical capture and use of carbon,” said Dr. Kevin O’Brien, Principal Investigator and Head of PRI’s Illinois Sustainable Technology Center.

According The temperaturethe university will investigate a new “Direct Air Capture and Utilization System”, developed by CarbonCapture Inc. The system is expected to be able to remove 5,000 metric tons per year of CO2 from the air and convert it into concrete products .

The temperature reports that the system will use waste heat and energy from the steel mill to minimize energy and transportation costs and make it more cost effective.

“US Steel is committed to advancing our efforts outlined in our Climate Strategy Report to decarbonize and accelerate toward a low-carbon future, but we know that actions by one company are not enough,” he said. said Rich Fruehauf, senior vice president and chief strategy and sustainability officer. at US Steel. “Achieving our goal of net zero emissions by 2050 will require unprecedented innovation and collaboration.”

The publication reports that captured CO2 emissions are expected to be routed to Ozinga’s ready-mixed concrete plants in Gary and Chicagoland areas. Face Energy Corp. will evaluate the results of the study.