Using recycled scrap makes a significant contribution to reducing manufacturing emissions, but melting is still energy-intensive. This ‘scrap’ metal has value due to the energy and money invested in making it which is wasted as soon as it is melted.
Can we reuse metal without melting? This report presents WellMet 2050's findings and recommendations on reusing steel and aluminium without melting.
WellMet2050 investigated novel methods of meeting global carbon emissions targets for steel and aluminium that go beyond improving process efficiency by reconsidering the entire product lifecycle. Based in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, the five–year project was backed by £1.5m of government funding through the EPSRC Leadership Fellowship scheme and a consortium of more than twenty companies, partner universities and leading academics.