December 1-2, 2021

08:50 – 17:30 GMT

Sustainability in Steel | SUSTAIN Bi-Annual Conference 2021

Webinars and Workshop Sessions

About Us

The SUSTAIN Future Manufacturing Research Hub is a £35M project funded by £10M of EPSRC funds as well as by Universities, Trade Bodies, RTOs and Businesses. The project is led by Swansea University, with spokes at the Universities of Sheffield and Warwick and partners the five main steel producers in the UK (British Steel, Celsa UK, Liberty Speciality Steel, Sheffield Forgemasters and Tata Steel UK).

Over its 7 year duration, SUSTAIN will provide a low TRL platform for the development of new, smarter, more environmentally and ecologically sustainable industrial processes to ensure the future of manufacturing in the UK. The project aims to deliver cutting edge science and the engineering research required to create carbon neutral, resource efficient UK steel supply chains. To achieve this, SUSTAIN’s overarching focus addresses two Grand Challenges – 1. Carbon Neutral Iron and Steelmaking and 2. Smart Steel Processing.



Why attend?

SUSTAIN’s virtual conference aims to raise awareness of the ongoing work in the Hub; how the research is supporting the steel industry and its supply chains in the UK, and to share best practice. The event will comprise of talks related to the five SUSTAIN themes from both internal and external experts, accompanied by interactive workshop sessions.

SUSTAIN conference highlights:

Agenda

Day one, 1st December
0900 1020

Welcome: Dr Richard Curry, Swansea University

Session 1: Emissions Management and Utilisation

Chair: Richard Warren, UK Steel

Dr Enrico Andreoli, Swansea University - Decarbonisation solutions in the steel industry – The role of CO2 electrolysis

Prof. Peter Styring, University of Sheffield - De-fossilising Steel Making with Added Value

Prof. Geoffrey Brooks, Swinburne University of Technology - Re-Thinking the BOF as a Scrap Melter

Panel Q&A

1020 1050

Break for networking and exploring Exhibition Hall

1050 1200

Session 2: Zero Waste Steelmaking

Chair: Richie Hart, Tata Steel

Prof. Peter Holliman, Swansea University - Towards Decarbonisation of Ironmaking

Dr Zushu Li, University of Warwick - Green Steel: The Role of Scrap

Eoin Bailey, Celsa Steel UK - Supply Chain Circularity: from consumption to regeneration

Panel Q&A

1200 1320

Break for networking and exploring Exhibition Hall

1320 1430

Session 3: Smart Low Energy Production

Chair: Prof. Sridhar Seetharaman, Arizona State University

Prof. Cameron Pleydell-Pearce, Swansea University - Too hot to handle? Some innovative approaches to manage thermal efficiency in steelmaking processes Prof. Claire Davis, University of Warwick - Electromagnetic sensors for high temperature microstructural characterisation

Dr Sara Hornby, Global Strategic Solutions, Inc - The H2 Steel Economy – Alternatives?

Panel Q&A

1430 1500

Break for networking and exploring Exhibition Hall

1500 1700

Session 4: SUSTAIN Conference workshop

Day two, 2nd December
0900 1020

Welcome: Dr Richard Curry, Swansea University

Session 5: Data Driven Innovation

Chair: Prof. Iain Todd, University of Sheffield

Prof. Arnold Beckmann, Swansea University - Knowledge-based AI Systems for Steel Manufacturing and Supply Chains

Prof. Jan Godsell, Loughborough University - Enabling Sustainable Steel Supply Chains: The Role of Industrial Digital Technologies

Dr Michael Auinger, University of Warwick and Dr Richard Thackray, University of Sheffield - Digital approaches to improve steel manufacture in the future

Panel Q&A

1020 1050

Break for networking and exploring Exhibition Hall

1050 1200

Session 6: New Processes for New Products

Chair: Dr Louis Brimacombe, Consultant

Prof. Mark Rainforth, University of Sheffield - Optimising Microstructure through Control of Late-Stage Processing of High Strength Steels

Mark Allan, Materials Processing Institute - From ore to steelmaking, the vision for Hydrogen direct reduction R&D pilot facilities

Stephen Winkley, ABB UK Limited - TBC

Panel Q&A

1200 1320

Break for networking and exploring Exhibition Hall

1320 1430

Session 7: Blue Sky Thinking

Chair: Prof. Dave Worsley, Swansea University

Dr Stephen Spooner, Swansea University - Do we know how to improve SUSTAINability?

Barry Rust, Tata Steel - A vision for the future of steel enabled sustainable construction

Dr Dean Stroud, Cardiff University - Securing Talent to Sustain the UK Steel

Industry

Panel Q&A

1430 1500

Break for networking and exploring Exhibition Hall

1500 1700

Session 8: Panel Discussions

Panel 1: 1500 - 1555

Chair: Prof. Cameron Pleydell-Pearce, Swansea University

• Peter Hogg, Liberty Steel

• Eoin Bailey, Celsa Steel UK

• John Madill, Tata Steel

• Peter Warren, British Steel

• Cathy Bell, Liberty Steel

• Alan Scholes, Materials Processing Institute

• Richard Warren, UK Steel

Panel 2: 1605 - 1700

Chair: Prof. Dave Worsley, Swansea University

• Prof. Hong Dong, University of Leicester

• Dr Cinzia Giannetti, Swansea University

• Prof. Claire Davis, University of Warwick

• Prof. Mark Rainforth, University of Sheffield

• Prof. Steve Brown, Swansea University

• Dr Zushu Li, University of Warwick

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