Green steel

The images presented here were taken at a local steel mill which re-rolls t-rails (rail road track) into a variety of consumer and manufacturing products including fence posts, sign posts, shelf supports, and barricades. It is particularly noteworthy that this very small re-roll and fabrication facility is among the greenest steel mills in the world in that it maintains a negative carbon footprint. Whereas the footprint of its manufacturing process is approximately 10% of a conventional mill (mostly because its raw material is 100% old rails destined for scrap) this one powers its activities using landfill gasses which would otherwise be emitted directly to the atmosphere or burned off … and this is what drives its energy economy into negative territory. I stopped to take a few photos on the back-way home from the lenticular bridge I commented on yesterday … I’m glad I did.

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