[UK, EU] A partnership project, showing how Tata Steel and Swansea University are developing technology to manage carbon dioxide produced as a by-product of steel making operations, is being shown at the Hay Festival.
The collaboration, known as Accomplish (Algal Carbon Capture and BiOMass – Linked Supply cHain), is a unique pilot which is part of a wider Swansea University project, EnAlgae.
Based in the heart of Port Talbot steelworks, the project is analysing the capacity for natural algae to use carbon dioxide as a nutrient for growth.
The project contributes to the company’s commitment to reducing unavoidable carbon dioxide emissions from manufacturing operations.
Alla Silkina, from Swansea University, said: “This collaboration is an important example of how working closely with industry can yield practical results for researchers and businesses.”
Bio-reactors similar to the research units at Tata Steel’s Port Talbot steelworks site will be on display at Hay as part of Tata Sons’ sponsorship of the Festival.
The display at this year’s Hay Festival aims to inform and educate festival-goers about the potential of algae as a sustainable resource.
Tata Steel’s technical director, Martin Brunnock, said: “We are committed further to improve the sustainability of our processes.
“It is projects like this, with leading academic partners, such as Swansea University here in Wales, which are making us leaders in the field of sustainable steelmaking.”
Dr Silkina added: “We are establishing that the steelworks’ gas by-product streams can serve as a viable algal growth nutrient.
“Carbon dioxide is converted and a biomass is cultured which can be used for an energy (biomethane) production or potentially as a fish feeds.
“The project could have all kinds of positive implications for businesses and sustainability.”
The Accomplish project may grow, joining a series of initiatives, which will add to the strong track record of Tata Steel in improving the environmental impact of steelmaking.
The EnAlgae project is led by Swansea University and funded by the European Union under the INTERREG IVB North West Europe programme.
EnAlgae unites experts and observers from seven EU member states to determine the potential benefits of algae as a future sustainable energy source.
Photo: A PARTNERSHIP project, showing how Tata Steel and Swansea University are developing technology to manage carbon dioxide produced as a by-product of steelmaking operations, is being shown at the Hay Festival.
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