Steel has been made essentially the same way for thousands of years, by using carbon as a chemical reductant. Today, that process is responsible for about 10% of global CO2 emissions. There’s a better way.
We cracked the code to electrifying steel manufacturing
Boston Metal has developed a game-changing electrolysis process for making steel. Electrolysis is an electro-chemical process that uses direct electric current to separate chemical compounds into their constituent parts.
Our Molten Oxide Electrolysis (MOE) technology is simpler, smarter, and greener than conventional steelmaking.
In our MOE cell, an inert metallic anode is immersed in an electrolyte containing iron ore and then electrified. The cell heats to 1600C and electrons split the bonds in the iron ore.
The result is a clean, high purity liquid metal that can be sent directly to ladle metallurgy — no reheating required.
Our MOE cell converts iron ore into liquid metal and oxygen
We’ve been building on the best practices of the aluminum and steel industries with innovations from MIT. We know our ground-breaking technology works, and now we’re scaling up at our test facility.
The Path Forward
We’re working towards the commercialization of our technology platform that will produce carbon emissions-free steel
Semi-industrial validation of MOE cell – steel production
Commercial plant deployments – ferroalloy production