For this, the expanded research programme will focus on low carbon iron and steelmaking using BHP’s iron ore and metallurgical coal, including conventional blast furnace ironmaking with the addition of hydrogen.

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This provides hydrogen with another aspect in decarbonising Australian industries with steel a huge potential user of hydrogen should it enable the creation of green steel for domestic markets.

This could significantly boost demand for hydrogen and create investment incentives for creating hydrogen production plants in Australia contributing to the growing hydrogen ecosystem.

The collaboration, with funding from BHP’s $400m Climate Investment Program, will last five years and help train the next generation of PhD researchers and engineers.

Professor Alex Zelinsky, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Newcastle, said, “With sustainability as a core focus, we are deeply committed to supporting research and innovation aimed at lowering our global carbon footprint.

“This continued partnership with BHP is a clear example of the University’s commitment to driving technological advancement through industry-engaged research, and we are pleased to continue with BHP’s legacy of innovation at our dedicated NIER precinct.

“A partnership of this kind – with both a rich history and a bright future – is evidence of our well-earned place as the number one university in Australia for industry collaboration.”


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