Steel production boosts eco-friendliness with new CO2 to CO technology
By siliconindia | Monday, 06 November 2023, 09:25:31 AM IST
Scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay have made a significant breakthrough in achieving India's net-zero emissions goal by 2070. The Ministry of Science & Technology announced that the National Centre of Excellence in Carbon Capture and Utilisation (NCoE-CCU) at IIT Bombay, supported by the Department of Science & Technology, has developed a new method for capturing carbon dioxide. The innovation involves converting carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide utilizing electrocatalytic conditions at ambient temperatures.
This technology, which is now patented, operates in the presence of water and is poised to revolutionize the steel industry's approach to carbon capture. The innovation led by Arnab Dutta and Vikram Vishal, along with their team, has also been recognized for publication in Nature Communications.
The traditional CO2 to CO conversion requires high temperatures and hydrogen, making it energy-intensive. However, the IIT Bombay team's process can occur at much lower temperatures ranging from 25-40 °C, potentially using energy sourced from renewables like solar or wind power, thus maintaining a carbon-neutral footprint.
UrjanovaC Private Limited, a start-up incubated at IIT Bombay, is scaling up a technology developed at NCoE-CCU to contribute to a circular economy in the steel manufacturing sector. This technology aims to reduce the carbon footprint and lower production costs, while also mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, UrjanovaC has been licensed a technology for converting CO2 to calcium carbonate, which marks an important step towards sustainable industrial practices.
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