Recyling agricultural waste in ferrous processing to reduce carbon footprint for industry

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The project aims to create the fundamental science for innovative recycling of lignocellulosic agricultural waste for iron oxide reduction at steelmaking temperatures (1550-1650°C). This research will reduce the carbon foot-print of ferrous industries by replacing coal-based reductants with renewable carbon neutral agricultural waste. PO Microbiogen will extract ethanol from inedible agricultural waste, and lignin waste produced as a by-product will be utilized in steelmaking as iron oxide reductant. Mechanisms of iron oxide reduction will be established in the simultaneous presence of solid and gaseous reductants; metal productivity and waste recycling will be optimized through extensive industrial trials and iterative feedback loops.