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Using blast furnace waste heat to convert various wastes into new raw materials for low energy glass manufacturing

This project aims to use the waste heat from blast furnaces to convert various industry wastes into high value raw materials for the glass and cement industries to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

This project will:

i) model for maximised utilisation of the waste energy;

ii) establish the impact of any organic residues present in the wastes;

iii) reduce energy and CO2 emissions and iv) undertake an economic benefit analysis for using the new raw materials in glass manufacturing.

The steel industry will benefit from more efficient heat recovery in their processes whilst simultaneously producing high value raw materials for other foundation industries such as glass and cement. By using these new high value raw materials (to replace raw carbonates/virgin raw materials), there is potential to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions in glass melting, enabling low energy, low carbon glass and cement manufacturing.

Dr Zushu Li

University of Warwick


Dr Zushu Li is a Reader in the Advanced Steel Research Centre (ASRC), WMG at the University of Warwick and ex-Principal Scientist Steelmaking in Tata Steel R&D. He joined WMG in 2016 with an EPSRC Manufacturing Fellowship in sustainable steel manufacturing. He specialises in multiphase high temperature reactions. At ASRC, he leads the research and development in decarbonising steel industry including alternative iron making technology, scrap utilisation, hydrogen applications in steel manufacturing, and energy and materials recovery in steelmaking.

Published: November 3rd, 2021
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