Tata Steel UK adopts tech to go net-zero
Topscan technology can reduce CO2 emissions by at least 50,000 tonnes annually.
Hyderabad Tata Steel, the largest steelmaker in the UK said it has adopted 'Topscan' technology, which will reduce CO2 emissions by at least 50,000 tonnes annually. The installation of Topscan into blast furnace five is expected to be complete by the end of November 2022.
The steel maker said that the technology has the potential to save the company millions of pounds every year by reducing the amount of coke required in the furnaces. The technology will also play a major role in improving the furnaces' stability and efficiency.
The ambition is to reduce all CO2 emissions by 30 per cent by 2030 and be a CO2 neutral steelmaker by 2045 – in support of the UK's ambition to be net-zero by 2050, Tata Steel UK added.
Informing further the company said that the digital technology captures 1,000 data points every 10 seconds and gives Tata Steel technicians an uninterrupted 3D view of the material being laid into the top of its two Port Talbot blast furnaces, saving costs, energy and CO2.
Recently the company announced it is to formally adopt Science Based Targets with respect to its programme of emission reductions and carbon neutral steelmaking aspirations. It has been working on a number of projects to reduce CO2 emissions which can now be passed on to customers in the form of certificates allowing them to make Scope three emissions savings. Called as Optemis Carbon Lite, the certificate-based insetting scheme - verified by external third party assurance organisation, DNV - is a flexible offering allowing customers to choose the CO2 intensity reduction they need.
The unit is similar to the technology commissioned on Blast Furnace four last year, which is already delivering insights, cost savings and CO2 reductions, Tata Steel stated.