Imperial College London and Tata Steel have partnered in the development of a new centre, in which they hope to research new manufacturing processes to help decarbonize steel production.

The Centre for Innovation in Sustainable Design and Manufacturing will ‘draw on Imperial and Tata Steel’s combined expertise’, says Professor Mary Ryan, vice-provost of research enterprise.

‘’The centre will work to reduce the environmental impact in steel production and in key sectors that use steel, like the clean energy sector.’’

Professor Mary Ryan, vice-provost of research enterprise, Imperial College London

‘’The centre will work to reduce the environmental impact in steel production and in key sectors that use steel, like the clean energy sector.’’

The £10 million centre will enable the development of high performing and sustainable products in the automotive and clean energy industries through new types of steel and other new materials, and steel combined with other materials.

"To create a zero-pollution future, it's vital that we prioritise systematic transformation of industrial systems.'’

Professor Mary Ryan, vice-provost of research enterprise, Imperial College London

"To create a zero-pollution future, it's vital that we prioritise systematic transformation of industrial systems,’’ added Ryan. ‘’By doing this, the new centre will contribute to the creation of a high tech and economically successful steel industry, both in the UK and across the world."

The centre will also incorporate an accelerator programme designed to support the ‘transfer of new insights to the industry’, with Imperial researchers working to develop new technologies to early stages of readiness that will become available for further development and commercialisation by Tata Steel.

''By combining Imperial's academic expertise and Tata Steel's valuable insight and experience in this industry, we will maximise the impact of our research to benefit people around the world."

Professor Nigel Brandon OBE, dean of Imperial's Faculty of Engineering

Professor Nigel Brandon OBE, dean of Imperial's Faculty of Engineering, said: "This new Centre is a great example of how Imperial's research can have real-world impact and address a key global challenge. Innovative manufacturing processes are urgently needed to decarbonize steel production and accelerate the transition to a more sustainable steel industry. By combining Imperial's academic expertise and Tata Steel's valuable insight and experience in this industry, we will maximise the impact of our research to benefit people around the world."

"The Centre for Innovation is a part of Tata Steel's larger endeavour to build stronger industry-academia partnerships for driving technological advancement and creating strategic advantages.''

V. Narendran, CEO and managing director, Tata Steel

V. Narendran, CEO and managing director, Tata Steel, said: "The Centre for Innovation is a part of Tata Steel's larger endeavour to build stronger industry-academia partnerships for driving technological advancement and creating strategic advantages. The centre at Imperial provides a strong academic and research platform with an excellent talent pool. Our goal is to synergise research excellence with industry experience to create cutting-edge technology solutions for a greener future. This initiative reaffirms Tata Steel's unwavering commitment to creating a knowledge-intensive organisation."

Source: Imperial College London