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High-efficiency Continuous Electrolysis of Iron Ore for Carbon-Emission-Free Iron Production

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0023947
Agency Tracking Number: 274088
Amount: $200,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: C56-19c
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2023
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-07-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-04-09
Small Business Information
1990 S Milestone Dr. Suite A
Salt Lake City, UT 84104-6553
United States
DUNS: 968471248
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Feng Zhao
 (801) 803-1303
Business Contact
 Lynn Zhang
Phone: (801) 803-1303
Research Institution
 University of Utah
 Arif Karim
1471 East Federal Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84102-9023
United States

 Nonprofit College or University

Iron (Fe) & steel production accounts for 7% of total industry CO2 emission. Currently, blast furnace-basic oxygen furnace (BF-BOF) route produces 71% of global crude steel production. However, this process uses carbon (usually coke) as the reductant, which binds with oxygen in Fe ore and generates CO2. Direction reduction of ore (DRI) routes reduces Fe ore to sponge Fe via a solid-state process using reducing gas (commonly a mixture of H2 and CO). However, the reducing gas comes from reformed natural gas, syngas, or coal, which has a heavy carbon footprint. In this proposal, we aim to develop a novel electrolysis process to continuously convert Fe ore (Fe oxide) to Fe metal and oxygen at low temperatures (25-90 ?C). The project is expected to bring several anticipated public benefits. The first and most significant benefit of this project is its potential to reduce carbon emissions. Currently, iron production is a carbon-intensive process that accounts for a significant portion of global greenhouse gas emissions. By developing a carbon-emission-free iron production process, this project has the potential to significantly reduce carbon emissions and contribute to mitigating climate change. This, in turn, could lead to a healthier environment and a more sustainable future for generations to come.

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