Veena Sahajwalla wins Innovation Challenge Award

12 December 2012
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Professor Veena Sahajwalla has won the $30,000 top prize in the Innovation Challenge awards run by The Australian newspaper.

A passionate recycler, she was honoured for her patented “green steel” process, in which old rubber tyres and plastic are used to replace some of the coke in the electric arc furnaces, participating in chemical reactions in the production of steel.

The revolutionary approach - commercialised locally and overseas by Australia’s largest manufacturer of long steel products, OneSteel - has already prevented more than 1.5 million tyres from ending up in landfill and helped reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

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