New steelmaking technology could pose major threat to future demand for metallurgical coal

first_imgNew steelmaking technology could pose major threat to future demand for metallurgical coal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:German manufacturing giant Thyssenkrupp has completed a successful, first-of-its-kind demonstration of running a steel furnace completely on hydrogen, a development that is likely to further dent the future prospects for the global coal industry.The company successfully demonstrated the ability for hydrogen to be used to fuel a steel blast furnace, and Thyssenkrupp sees the achievement as the first step towards transitioning the manufacturing industry towards zero-emissions steel production. The use of hydrogen to fuel the blast furnaces in steel production also provides a pathway for using renewable hydrogen, potentially eliminating the dependence of the industry on coal.“Today is a groundbreaking day for the steel industry,” chairman of Thyssenkrupp Steel Europe Premal Desai told Renew Economy in an interview in Sydney. “We are doing pioneering work here. The use of hydrogen is the key lever for climate-neutral steel production. Today’s test is another step in the transformation of our production, which will culminate in green steel.As part of the demonstration conducted in its ‘furnace 9’, Thyssenkrupp fed hydrogen into one of 28 tuyeres, or nozzles, that otherwise supply coal into the blast furnace. Following the successful trial, Thyssenkrupp plans to scale up the injection to all 28 tuyeres within the furnace and aims to eventually run at least three furnaces completely on hydrogen by 2023.Thyssenkrupp is one of the world’s largest steel producers and produces around 12 million tonnes of crude steel annually. The company has committed to achieving a 30 per cent reduction in the company’s emissions by 2030. The company is also aiming to become carbon neutral by 2050.It’s a huge development in the use of zero-emissions and renewable energy supplies in the manufacture of industrial products like steel and presents a major threat to the coal industry. In conventional blast furnaces around 300 kilograms of coking coal and 200 kilograms of pulverised coal are used in the production of a tonne of pig iron.More: Another nail in coal’s coffin? German steel furnace runs on renewable hydrogen in world firstlast_img read more

E-Scan offers digital marketing insights

first_imgThe Credit Union National Association recently released the 2017-2018 Environmental Scan. The E-Scan offers insights in 10 primary areas affecting credit unions, including lending, economics, technology and of course marketing. The E-Scan is a must-read for any credit union executive and is also an outstanding planning tool to use.The marketing section is entitled “The Big Deal Behind Social Media.” It also mentions many of the other top marketing trends for credit unions, including disruptors, regulations, Generation Z, the evolution of marketing, highly personalized marketing, consumer preferences and the humanization of digital. But the bulk of the section centers around social media and engagement.According to the E-Scan, there are five factors that come into play when brining engagement into your social media efforts:(1)    Bring value firstAs the E-Scan notes, “social media isn’t always about direct response…..once you’re identified as a serial promoter, people will shut you off and tune you out.” Look for ways to engage—not sell—on your social media platforms. continue reading » 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Williams says U.S. Open title would not be diminished by pullouts

first_img(REUTERS) – Serena Williams believes the withdrawal of some of the world’s top tennis players from this year’s U.S. Open amid the COVID-19 pandemic will not take the shine off a potential record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title for her.Six of the top 10 women’s players, including defending champion Bianca Andreescu and world number 1 Ash Barty, have dropped out of the August 31-September 13 U.S. Open, boosting Williams’ chance of winning the major for the first time since 2014.“It still has to be tennis that’s played, asterisks or not,” the six-time U.S. Open champion told reporters on Friday. “I think this whole year deserves an asterisk, because it’s such a special year – history we have never been through in this world.”“I think we are living a future history lesson. I think regardless, there is always going to be some asterisk by it, because it’s never been done before.“If you win, it was, like, wow, I was able to win in this crazy circumstance where there were no fans. It was just so sterile and weird, but I mentally came through. It might be a more mental test than anything.”Williams, who has a history of blood clots and pulmonary embolisms, said she had concerns over travelling to New York and is living in a rented house instead of the official players’ hotel as a precaution.“I have health issues and I don’t necessarily want to get sick, and if I do, I want the good version,” she said.“I didn’t want to be in the hotel because I have lung issues and felt it was a big risk for me personally. In a house, I can control more. I needed to put my mind at rest so that I could perform.”last_img read more

Kyle Connor’s hat trick lifts Jets over Avs 7-4

first_imgLast Updated: 1st January, 2020 10:58 IST Kyle Connor’s Hat Trick Lifts Jets Over Avs 7-4  Kyle Connor had three goals for his first regular season hat trick to lead the Winnipeg Jets over the Colorado Avalanche 7-4 Tuesday night. COMMENT LIVE TV Associated Press Television News  Kyle Connor had three goals for his first regular season hat trick to lead the Winnipeg Jets over the Colorado Avalanche 7-4 Tuesday night.Blake Wheeler scored twice and Mark Sheifele and Nikolaj Ehlers had empty-net goals for Winnipeg. Scheifele had three assists and Ehlers had two. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 39 shots.Connor’s second goal broke a 3-all tie and came just seven seconds into Winnipeg’s only power play of the game. He got his 20th of the season and his hat trick when he roofed a backhander at 16:31 of the third.Connor’s only other hat trick came in the playoffs last spring.Wheeler has 19 goals and 50 points in 36 career games against Colorado. Scheifele has 27 points in 26 games.Nathan MacKinnon had two goals and Gabriel Landeskog and Nazem Kadri scored for the Avalanche. Colorado is 1-4-1 in its last six games despite outshooting the Jets 43-26. Philipp Grubauer stopped 19 of 24 shots he faced.Wheeler’s first of the game at 6:25 of the first made it 1-0 and MacKinnon scored at 9:43 of period.Connor tipped his own rebound over Grubauer midway through the second and MacKinnon’s one-timer at 13:47 made it 2-2. Winnipeg took a 3-2 lead into the intermission when Scheifele beat Grubauer with a slap shot.The Avalanche again tied it when Landeskog scored his 10th of the season on a power play at 7:15 of the third.NOTES: Sam Girard and Erik Johnson had two assists each for Colorado. … The Jets are 5-3 on New Year’s Eve since relocating to Winnipeg in 2011. The Avalanche are 4-3-2 in Dec. 31 games since moving to Colorado in 1995. … Avalanche D Cale Makar is the team’s Last Men In candidate to be part of the Central Division team in the All-Star Game. Voting starts Wednesday and goes through Jan. 10.UP NEXTJets: Host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.Avalanche: Host the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night. Written Bycenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE First Published: 1st January, 2020 10:58 IST FOLLOW USlast_img read more