| Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology |
Bhubaneswar, June 30: Steel production will be bereft of carbon emission soon, thanks to a team of Indian Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology (IMMT).
Its members are working on a formula, which will ensure steam is emitted while making steel and not carbon. The institute has applied for its patent as well.
The Union ministry of steel has funded the project worth Rs 10 crore. A team of seven scientists, led by the IMMT director, is working on it. The deadline for the project is 2011. “It’s going to be a unique technology to process steel in an environment-friendly manner. The by-product of this project will be steam instead of the usual carbon,” said the director of IMMT, B. K. Mishra.
“It’s a technology where the use of coal will be completely eliminated. It will be a carbon-free steel production designed in a hydrogen plasma environment. We are almost through with the laboratory experiment part and will soon start the pilot project,” said Mishra.
Visakhapatnam-based Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd has been roped in as the industrial partner for this mega project that teed off in March. The preliminary work is over and IMMT has sought patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
“There is a lot of excitement about the project from various quarters but since we have applied for a patent, we cannot share more than this. In fact we are likely to get Rs 50 crore as additional funds from the Centre to go ahead with this project,” he said.