Sunday Morning Disruptive Tech – UNSW use old tires boost steel making efficiency


Another Sydney originated idea, again from University of New South Wales. This time it is reusing old tires to inject them in the production of steel. Awesome.

Sydney engineer Veena Sahajwalla won the $30,000 top prize at The Australian Innovation Challenge awards in Sydney for this polymer injection revolution.

The technology – which was developed at the University of NSW – has already prevented more than 1.4 million tyres from becoming landfill, with the rubber, along with recycled plastic containers, partly replacing coke in generating power for the production of steel.

There are a lot of old tires out there and we can old downcycle most plastic rather than upcycle so while we have a load of waste hanging around lets us it.

I wonder if the landfill waste could be injected in the same way.

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