Nucor Steel Gallatin will test a new carbon dioxide (CO2) capture system at its Kentucky site as part of a new partnership with the University of Kentucky Research Foundation.

The duo on Friday (25th April) unveiled the plans, having been named as one of 12 projects that will be funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE) to advance carbon capture technologies.

As part of this, more than 50 industry and university experts are now working together to apply carbon capture and sequestration techniques to an electric arc furnace steel making process.

The Nucor and University of Kentucky pilot is thought to provide a better understanding of the costs and effectiveness of carbon capture technology for flue gas with low CO2 content and the feasibility of replication of this technology at other electric arc furnace steel mills.

Scott Laurenti, General Manager at Nucor Steel Gallatin, said, “Nucor teammates, along with researchers at the University of Kentucky Research Foundation, recognised that to reach specific carbon reduction goals at industrial facilities, technologies like carbon sequestration need to become economically feasible.”

“We are very excited to work with the experts at the University of Kentucky to pilot and evaluate carbon capture technology at Nucor Steel Gallatin.”

Kunlei Liu, Principal Investigator of the project and University of Kentucky College of Engineering Faculty Member, said, “The successful construction and testing of this heat-integrated carbon capture process at Nucor Steel Gallatin shows great potential in lowering energy consumption at industrial sectors in Kentucky and across the nation.”

“We at the University of Kentucky are fully committed to work with our industrial supporters and collaborators to fulfil their environmental goals while managing the associated costs.”