UK’s Materials Processing Institute has been appointed to research potential of creating hydrogen from steel sludge. Nanomox is partnering with the Materials Processing Institute to develop a process capable of producing carbon free hydrogen from steelmaking sludges. Funded by the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, through its Industrial Hydrogen Accelerator Programme under the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio, the GBP 173,000 feasibility study also seeks to extract valuable materials, including zinc, from the waste.The feasibility study is based at Imperial College London and the Materials Processing Institute’s Teesside campus. It is envisaged the project will be scaled up into a two-year demonstration project, initially involving the Institute’s hi-tech Normanton steel plant before transferring to an operational steelworks.The feasibility study will gather data on hydrogen production rates, together with the quality and optimisation of the process conditions. It will then be followed by a proposal to use the Institute’s onsite steelmaking works, which also includes a zinc removal pilot plant.With 6.7 million tonnes of steelmaking sludge stockpiled in the UK and 90,000 tonnes generated annually, a breakthrough would deliver widespread economic and environmental benefits.Nanomox, an innovative spin-off from Imperial College London, has developed a patent pending process using green catalytic solvents at low temperatures to achieve direct oxidation of metals, which offers enormous energy efficiency improvements over existing technologies. This patent pending process can treat metal-containing wastes whilst producing significant volumes of hydrogen that can fuel the steelmaking process. In addition, it will reduce reliance on energy intensive pyrometallurgical processes while cutting the amount of material ending up in landfill.