Get a behind-the-scenes look at our Inert Anode Program — a cornerstone of our green steel technology
What is an inert anode?
The anodes within our steel decarbonization technology are inert (which means they do not participate in the process), have long lifecycles and do not release carbon or other emissions. Our inert anodes are composed of a metallic material that withstands the challenging conditions involved in electrolyzing iron ore.
What’s so important about inert anodes?
Inert anodes are a centerpiece of Boston Metal’s Molten Oxide Electrolysis (MOE) green steel technology. They are the essential element that allows scalable production of pure liquid iron without emitting any CO2.
We immerse the inert anodes in an electrolyte containing iron ore and electrify them. Once the cell heats to 1600 degrees Celsius, the electrolyte splits the bond of the iron oxide in the ore. Inert anodes make it possible for MOE cell lines to run continuously, translating to significant operational gains for steelmakers. Uninterrupted cell lines mean no downtime is needed to switch out anodes and simultaneously eliminate recurring maintenance expenses for anode replacement. With the long service life of inert anodes, MOE is a sustainable long-term solution.
Our inert anode approach is valid at the pilot scale, but in order to meet the demand for green steel worldwide, we’re scaling up for mass commercial production. Since inert anodes operate at high temperatures in corrosive environments and the technology is new, we’re rising to this challenge by building the knowledge base and pioneering manufacturing processes in real time.
Assembling the right team for the job
Here at Boston Metal, we’ve put together a specialized team of engineers and materials scientists dedicated to the industrial validation and production of inert anodes.
Anode development and manufacturing activities are led by Rodolfo Morgado, who brings extensive engineering and R&D experience from his 14 years at a global niobium player based in Brazil. Rodolfo coordinates the efforts of our R&D, engineering and supply chain teams to optimize the anode prototyping, scaling and manufacturing for our MOE steel program.
“With our inert anodes, we’re pushing the boundaries of applied material science and manufacturing. It’s a tough challenge, but that’s what disruption is all about – the confluence of the concept, the talent and the support.”Rodolfo Morgado, Anode Development and Manufacturing Lead
The Inert Anode Program team pictured in front of the Boston Metal facility in Woburn, MA. Back row, from left: Daniel Wright, Alojz Kajinic, Santana Huck, Steve Sparkowich and Rodolfo Morgado. Front row, from left: Shubhankar Padwal, Kevin Glorius-Patrick and Shelly Zordich
Our team of engineers and materials scientists includes expert advisors who provide advanced technical support to the program:
Senior Advisory Alloy Development Engineer Alojz Kajinic specializes in physical metallurgy with expertise in high-temperature alloy development, computational thermochemistry and phase equilibrium.
Senior Advisory Process Engineer Steven Sparkowich is a materials scientist focused on metallurgical process development and an expert on reactive and refractory metals.
Consultant Rob Haun provides expertise in plasma arc melting, powder metallurgy and atomization.
Join us in meeting the green steel challenge
Our Inert Anode Program is a shining example of how we’re using every tool available and innovating at the interface of cutting-edge metallurgy and materials science to green one of the world’s most important materials: steel. With strong company leadership and an incredibly talented team of engineers, metallurgists and scientists, we’ve been forging ahead to deliver the most direct, one-step green steel solution that can scale to billions of tons of output.
Looking to join the team that is bringing this groundbreaking technology to market? Learn more about what it’s like to work at Boston Metal and check out our open positions.
Supply Chain Specialist Elizabeth Fromhein and Inert Anode Program Engineer Daniel Wright inspect alloy development equipment