it is not just that coal fires the steel — everyone knows that. It’s that coking coal is an ingredient in steel. Professor Barry Brook has started a discussion on whether hydrogen can replace this ingredient in the steel manufacturing process. The first comment on the article immediately mentioned my guess — that this would be too expensive — and that if council waste plasma burners were already economical, surely some of this syngas would be used in the steel industry?
Maybe our steel manufacturers need to start speaking to Exxon and BP, because surely their future is in rubbish collection to fuel these plasma burners and their petrochemical industry?