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China Steel aims to show its green side at tech show

LESS WEIGHT:Because car makers are trying to reduce the weight of cars in line with lowering emissions, China Steel has made a lighter metal

Staff writer, with CNA

China Steel Corp (中鋼), the nation’s biggest steelmaker, will show how it has contributed to reducing carbon emissions and recycling waste material at a green technology show slated to open today.

“Car makers are trying to make their cars lighter to save energy. Therefore, China Steel has created high-intensity steel for vehicles,” Andrew Sung (宋志育), vice president of the company’s production division, told CNA on Saturday.

This type of strong steel can be made thinner, which can help reduce the weight of a vehicle by 10 percent. The weight loss will lead to a 6 percent to 8 percent decrease in gasoline consumption, he said during the run-up to the Taiwan International Green Industry Show (TiGiS), which runs through Thursday.

In addition, the company has developed high-quality electrical steel that can enhance motor efficiency. Each tonne of such steel is able to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.51 tonnes, Sung said.

China Steel, in which the government has a stake, also supplies its surplus steam to 11 neighboring factories at a relatively low cost, which greatly reduces these factories’ use of their boilers.

“We supplied a total of 2 million metric tonnes of steam to these companies last year, which can be translated into 440,000 metric tonnes in carbon cuts per year,” he said.

The company also produces 13,500 metric tonnes of pure water made from wastewater on a daily basis.

Meanwhile, the steelmaker has been working to turn its other by-products of the iron-smelting process — slag and coal tar — into valuable assets.

Sung said that using slag to make cement could reduce carbon emissions by 1.4 tonnes, while coal tar could be processed for use in lithium batteries used to power electric vehicles.

“The transformation has hugely increased the value of our coal tar, as it is now 60 times more expensive than before,” he said.

China Steel will display these technologies at the TiGiS, which will have a total of 180 companies occupying some 320 booths.

Separately, a forum on solar power that will take place in Taipei tomorrow and on Wednesday, the biggest ever held in Asia, is expected to bolster the development of Taiwan’s green energy industry, according to the organizers.

This year’s Taipei Summit and PV Taiwan Forum, which is aimed at helping improve solar energy cooperation between Taiwan and other Asian countries, will be attended by dozens of officials from the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Germany, the Bureau of Foreign Trade said in a recent statement.

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