Thyssenkrupp has taken a big step toward carbon-neutral steel production by demonstrating that hydrogen can be used to power a blast furnace. Thyssenkrupp has committed to a 30% emissions reduction 2030.
Just before Christmas, Boeing launched its Starliner spacecraft from Cape Canaveral to the International Space Station (ISS) for the first time in history. Unfortunately, Boeing and NASA had to bring Starliner back to White Sands.
Volkswagen of America started construction for its electric-vehicle (EV) production facility in Chattanooga, Tenn. The site, where production will begin in 2022, will be the company's North American assembly base for electric vehicles on the Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB). Volkswagen invested approximately $800 million in the Chattanooga facility and will add about 1,000 new jobs.
Researchers at Penn State University found a way to charge an electrical-vehicle battery in just 10 minutes for a 200- to 300-mile trip … and it can be done maintaining 2,500 charging cycles, or 0.5 million miles.
This article describes titanium-copper alloys that produce practically useful microscopic structures during additive manufacturing, which removes the need for subsequent treatment. The resulting materials exhibit promising combinations of mechanical properties, comparable to those of structural alloy Ti-6Al-4V.
Australian company SPEE3D demonstrated what it claims is the “world’s fastest live print of a metal part” at Formnext in Germany in November 2019. The company printed a 1.012-kg copper sledgehammer in 10 minutes and 2 seconds using supersonic deposition.
The U.K. government announced an investment of approximately $403 million in late 2019 to help energy-intensive businesses in heavy industry, which includes steel- and iron-making facilities, reduce their energy bills and lower their carbon emissions.
In December 2019, Mighty Earth joined leading steel companies (including ArcelorMittal), construction and development company Lendlease, major automakers Daimler and BMW, and other partners to announce the launch of the ResponsibleSteel Standard. The group says it is the world’s first international, multi-stakeholder standard for responsible production for steelmaking and processing sites.
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Check out the February 2020 issue of Industrial Heating, featuring an editorial on Nonferrous – Products and Their Processes, along with the Inspection and Maintenance Critical to Safe Fuel-Train Operation.