The University of Wollongong has entered into a partnership with Australian steel producer BlueScope Steel and Future Fuels Cooperative Research Centre, to explore potential pathways to decarbonize the steelmaking process at Port Kembla Steel Works. The University’s vision to deliver potential low-carbon fuels solutions, including through its ARC Steel Research Hub, complements the Federal Government’s Low Emissions Technology Statement that ensures Australia’s Long-Term Emissions Reduction Plan and supports achieving net zero emissions by 2050.This project will explore prospective technologies which have the potential to reduce emissions across steel manufacturing at Port Kembla Steel Works, including the role Australia’s emerging renewable hydrogen industry can play on the pathway to low emissions steel. Based on the project’s outcomes, future investigations will be tabled for those high-potential, priority technology options identified for Port Kembla Steel Works.University of Wollongong Steel Research Hub Director Dr Paul Zulli said the project would assist in the implementation of technologies that minimize energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in BlueScope’s Port Kembla steelmaking operations. Dr Zulli said “This exciting collaborative project with BlueScope and the Future Fuels CRC is a unique opportunity to support this vision, through research involving site-specific evaluations of all potential emission reduction opportunities at Port Kembla Steel Works, and pilot-scale test work of bio char pneumatic conveying. UOW’s multidisciplinary science and engineering capabilities, particularly in sustainable steelmaking and clean energy fields, should help advance a range of innovative solutions for future, lower emissions steelmaking at Port Kembla. The findings should point to potentially transformative economic and abatement impacts.”UOW Energy Futures Network Director Mr Ty Christopher said that the University is dedicated to strengthening its existing partnerships with energy and manufacturing companies to bring innovative ideas to life, drawing on the local expertise of national and global partnerships. Mr Chrstopher said “The University generates AUD 2.5 billion in gross outputs annually and is an anchor institution for the Illawarra region. UOW has demonstrated the ability to develop and commercialize innovative energy solutions, such as the Hysata hydrogen production technology spun out of the University. The application of the Hysata hydrogen electrolyser technology to industry has the potential to significantly shift the economics of green hydrogen production, bringing the AUD 2 per kg target within reach. UOW remains committed to investing in research and innovations, building trusted relationships, and training the workforce of the future and partnering with ARENA and BlueScope steel is one of the great outcomes of our commitment.”UOW Steel Hub’s overarching goal is to support the transition of Australia’s steel manufacturing industry to a more sustainable, competitive and resilient position based on the creation of new, higher value-added products and more advanced manufacturing processes.