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Innovation Pathways to Decarbonize Kiln and Furnace Technology

PUBLISHED August 11, 2022 (DOI: https://doi.org/10.54985/peeref.2208p3823200)



Maxwell Pisciotta1 , Helene Pilorge1 , Justine Davids2 , Daniel Maynard2 , Zachary Sasso2 , Shelvey Swett2
  1. University of Pennsylvania
  2. Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Conference / event

UPenn CBE Graduate Student Symposium, October 2021 (Virtual)

Poster summary

Industrial scale furnaces and kilns are used to heat raw materials to produce materials such as cement, lime, glass, and iron and steel. Industrial processes such as these make up nearly 22% of all US emissions, of which, cement, lime, glass, and iron and steel are responsible for a third. The CO2 from these processes stem from raw material chemical reactions as well as the fossil fuel used to provide heat. To ensure demand for these materials can be met while preventing additional emissions, strategic innovation pathways need to be considered.


Industrial decarbonization, Process emissions, Emissions reductions

Research areas

Environmental Sciences, Chemical Engineering


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Competing interests
None declared.
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The datasets generated during and / or analyzed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.
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Copyright © 2022 Pisciotta et al. This is an open access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Pisciotta, M., Pilorge, H., Davids, J., Maynard, D., Sasso, Z., Swett, S. Innovation Pathways to Decarbonize Kiln and Furnace Technology [not peer reviewed]. Peeref 2022 (poster).
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