Reduction of iron ore using hydrogen

September 13th, 2023

R&D Focus Areas:
Industrial heat processes

Lead Organisation:
Swinburne University of Technology

Not Applicable


Start date:
May 2023

Completion date:
May 2025

Key contacts:
Gordon Chakaodza – Director, Victorian Hydrogen Hub:
Victorian Hydrogen Hub (VH2):
Jamal Naser, Project Primary Supervisor:
Jan Wadowski, Project Key Researcher:

Victorian Government – Victorian Hydrogen Hub

Project total cost:

Project summary description:

The iron and steel production industry contributes substantially to global greenhouse gas emissions due to its high reliance on fossil fuels. To meet strict emission reduction goals, new industrial processes are needed. Within the iron ore reduction process, green hydrogen can be used in place of carbon-dioxide for refining the raw material. This has great potential for enhanced reduction performance and the elimination of carbon-dioxide emissions from the process.

This project aims to numerically simulate the direct reduction of iron process through the application of computational fluid dynamics. The developed models will broaden our understanding of the complex industrial process and highlight factors that could contribute to its successful implementation.

Related publications and key links:
None to date

Higher degree studies supported:
One Masters student at Swinburne University of Technology is supported by this project.


September 2023