HiTeMP-1 in 2018

The inaugural High Temperature Minerals Processing (HiTeMP) Forum (19-21 September 2018) engaged stakeholders from around the world to address the drivers, barriers, enablers, opportunities and pathways to transform energy-intensive high temperature processes.

Specifically targeted were the:

  • iron/steel industry, which is representative of reduction processes,
  • alumina and cement/lime industries, which are representative of calcination processes.

The forum attracted more than 100 leaders from Australia, Japan, Germany, South Africa, USA, Sweden, Brazil and Norway, with close to equal representation from industry, research and government. The key questions we focused on were:

  1. Success: What would success look like for heavy industry in 3, 10, 20 and 40 years?
  2. Drivers and opportunities: What prospects have strong potential for CO2 mitigation for high temperature (greater than 800 °C) processing using:
    • renewable energy
    • any other process?
  3. Barriers: What is preventing the uptake of renewable energy or other low-carbon processes into high temperature processing?
  4. Enablers: What roles do government, researchers and industry play in enabling the pathway to decarbonise?
  5. Pathways: Renewable technologies can already achieve lower temperature heat. What role could they play to decarbonise high temperature processes?

More than 95 per cent of respondents agreed that the forum was highly relevant to them and recommend making the event an ongoing series.

The forum was highly successful in attracting the right people at the right time; that is, a time when many companies, government and research agencies are looking to reduce the high energy costs and carbon emissions of high temperature processes. The Outlook Report captures the perspectives presented by the participants, and is a tool to continue the growing collaborations between the companies, researchers and government agencies that attended.

The Forum welcomed an international list of speakers and panellists, from Industry, policy-making bodies and research organisations, including Mr Sanjeev Gupta, Executive Chairman and CEO of GFG Alliance.

  • Sanjeev Gupta, Executive Chairman and CEO of GFG Alliance

    Sanjeev Gupta

    Sanjeev Gupta is an international businessman and entrepreneur, heading the GFG Alliance – a global enterprise with activities spanning steel and aluminium production, mining, engineering, power generation, infrastructure, banking, property and commodities trading, as well as education and skills.

    As Executive Chairman, he leads a fast-growing $13.1 billion worldwide industrial group, headquartered in London, with additional global hubs in Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong and Sydney, and a presence in over 30 countries.

    He is also the co-founder of the GFG Foundation, a charitable organisation that is focused on safeguarding and re-growing industrial and manufacturing skills across the globe.

  • The Hon Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP, South Australian Minister for Energy and Mining

    The Hon Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP

    Minister van Holst Pellekaan was elected to Parliament as the Member for Stuart in 2010. He was promoted to the Shadow Cabinet in 2011 and has held the Energy and Mining portfolios since June 2014. After his re-election at the 2018 State Election, he was sworn in as Minister for Energy and Mining in the Marshall Liberal Government.  

    Minister van Holst Pellekaan started his working life as a labourer before playing in the National Basketball League whilst gaining a Bachelor of Economics.  He then spent ten years with BP Australia before entering the small business sector as a shareholder and operator of Outback roadhouses for seven years.  This was followed by three years developing cycle tourism in the Southern Flinders Ranges immediately before entering Parliament.

    Minister van Holst Pellekaan’s electorate extends from Kapunda at its southern end, up to the NT border. It includes the Mid North agricultural region, all of the Flinders Ranges and the vast north-east pastoral region.

Keynote speakers

  • Raphael Costa, Hydro Bauxite & Alumina

    Raphael Costa

    Raphael Costa is currently the Technology Director for the Bauxite & Alumina division of Norsk Hydro Brasil and has more than 30 years experience in the alumina industry. He is the president of the Companhia de Alumina do Para (CAP) alumina refinery project, a member of the bauxite mine Mineração Rio do Norte (MRN) board of directors and a member of the bauxite mine Paragominas (MPSA) board of directors. Previously working for Alcoa, he has held technical and managerial positions in Brazil, US, Spain and Australia.

  • Alastaire Dick, Rocky Mountain Institute

    Alastaire Dick

    Alastaire Dick is Director of Rocky Mountain Institute’s Mining Program - Sunshine for Mines. He focuses on driving renewable energy transition in the global mining industry towards 8GW of on-site capacity by 2025. Highlights of this work include integrating 40MW of solar PV at Gold Fields South Deep mine in South Africa, modeling optimized renewables solutions for mines from development through operations to closure, developing renewables screening tools and advising mines on energy and decarbonization strategies.

  • Lawrence Hooey, Swerea MEFOS

    Lawrence Hooey

    Lawrence Hooey has 25 years of experience in research and development of the iron and steel industry in Sweden and Finland, both in industry and institutes. He has worked on the European ULCOS project and other carbon dioxide mitigation projects. He joined Swerea MEFOS in 2009, where his main focus has been on climate mitigation projects for the steel industry including CCS and CCU.

  • Asem Mousa, BHP

    Asem Mousa

    Asem is a Principal at the Low Emission Technology Program, BHP. In this role, Asem focuses on identifying and de-risking technology options/solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the business. In particular, his interest is in exploring emerging technologies with potential material impact on GHG emissions in the medium to long term horizons. Prior to joining BHP, Asem started his career as a research scientist at the CSIRO, before moving to a management consultant role, specialising in technology management and valuation services.

  • Gus Nathan, Centre for Energy Technology

    Gus Nathan

    Gus Nathan is the founding Director of The University of Adelaide’s Centre for Energy Technology and recipient of a Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award from the Australian Research Council. He specialises in research supporting the development of innovative technology in concentrating solar thermal, combustion and gasification technologies, together with their hybrids. He has worked closely with industry throughout his career and holds 10 patents.

  • Phil O'Neil, Advisian

    Phil O'Neil

    Phil is a Senior Associate in the Advisian Energy Strategy group in Asia Pacific. In his 22 year career, he has worked with a range of industrial and government customers developing policy, strategic and technical approaches for New Energy solutions, energy efficiency, carbon abatement and sustainability. Phil has worked across a range of industries including oil and gas, electricity generation and networks, pulp and paper, food processing, minerals, metals and chemicals and is currently involved in a number of green hydrogen projects in Australia and internationally.

  • Masaki Onozaki, The Institute of Applied Energy

    Masaki Onozaki

    Masaki Onozaki is a Senior Fellow of The Institute of Applied Energy, an independent and non-profit think tank on energy issues, founded under the auspices of METI to contribute to technology development on energy issues for the future. After 20 years experience in coal conversion technologies and heavy oil desulfurization and hydrogenation technologies, he has been managing a section creating energy strategy and the development of new energy-related technologies in the field of fossil fuel.

  • Christian Sattler, German Aerospace Center (DLR)

    Professor Christian Sattler

    Christian Sattler is head of Solar Chemical Engineering at the DLR's Institute of Solar Research and Professor at the Technical University of Dresden. The focus of his work is the production of fuels, especially hydrogen, by solar thermo- and photochemical processes. He also works on high temperature processes for the production of metals, sulfuric acid and cement. He is VP of the Asc. Hydrogen Europe Research and the national representative for tasks under the IEA’s SolarPACES and Hydrogen Implementing Agreements.

  • Ellen Stechel, Arizona State University: Lightworks

    Ellen Stechel

    Ellen B Stechel is Co-Director, ASU LightWorks; Professor of Practice, Molecular Sciences; and Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. She has built research programs at a national laboratory, in the automotive industry and at a U.S. government agency. Her current research focuses on materials and systems design for concentrating solar technologies to produce sustainable liquid hydrocarbon fuels from carbon dioxide and water.

  • Masa Suenaga, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation

    Masa Suenaga

    Masa Suenaga has 30 years experience in procurement of steelmaking raw materials for Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation (NSSMC). Before taking his current role as MD of Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Australia, an investment vehicle of NSSMC in February 2017, he was a chief negotiator of metallurgical coal contracts for NSSMC in Tokyo. Now based in Sydney, he is responsible for one iron ore project and six coal projects in Australia.

  • Miranda Taylor, NERA (National Energy Resources Australia)

    Miranda Taylor

    As NERA chief executive, Miranda is a strategic leader at the forefront of innovation and collaboration within the Australian energy resources sector.With more than 20 years’ experience in strategic policy, risk management and stakeholder engagement, Miranda drives sector-wide transformational change by bringing together the country’s best minds from technology, research and enterprise to build a more sustainable and efficient energy resources sector.


  • Ildo Agnetti, CMI (Cockerill Maintenance & Ingénierie)

    Ildo Agnetti

    Ildo has been working for the last 7 years as a development engineer for CMI Solar which designs solar thermal receivers for concentrated solar power plants (CSP/STE). CMI Solar is specialized in the design of molten salts solar receivers, enabling solar power dispatchability and enabling 24/7 electricity production. More recently, Ildo has been working on high temperature solar receivers and the use of CSP technology for industrial end-users.

  • Peter Ashman, University of Adelaide

    Peter Ashman

    Peter Ashman is Professor of Chemical Engineering, Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences and also a senior member of the Centre for Energy Technology with more than 20 years’ experience in thermal energy. His expertise spans the fields of biomass utilisation, biofuels and bioenergy, including the integration of solar thermal energy into a range of thermal processes (e.g. gasification of solid fuels).

  • Ray Chatfield, Alcoa

    Ray Chatfield

    Ray Chatfield is the Global Technical Manager for Energy at Alcoa’s six alumina refineries, with 30 years experience in the alumina industry. He currently manages energy efficiency initiatives and the Energy Community of Best Practice. He has made a significant impact on the energy efficiency of the new Ma’aden alumina refinery in Saudi Arabia and Alcoa’s refinery in San Ciprian. He has also investigated alternative energy options including renewables for most of Alcoa’s refineries.

  • Ros DeGaris, Consultant

    Ros DeGaris

    Ros’ industrial experience spans more than 30 years of heavy manufacturing, mainly in operations with cement and lime production at Adelaide Brighton’s Birkenhead Works and at a national company level for Environment and Sustainability, implementing the changing legislation around Climate Change, energy and greenhouse gas accounting and reduction. She has worked with the Cement Industry Federation and the National Lime Association. Ros has continued to participate in industry actions on energy and sustainability performance through her consultancy. 

  • Glynn Ellis, Redback Energy

    Glynn Ellis

    Currently Chief Business Development Officer, Private VPP Manager (Redback Energy); Glynn Ellis has over 20 years’ international experience in successful new business delivery. He initiated and led several businesses and large teams for Shell International and was part of a core team that assessed the global transitions of Urbanisation and Renewable Energy. Glynn led business strategy and developed and delivered a portfolio of Renewable Energy business opportunities (hybrid gas, solar, wind, battery, fuel cells power systems) for Australia and Asia, including > 600 MW utility-scale solar projects for Queensland.

  • Michiel Freislich, Liberty Primary Steel

    Michiel Freislich

    With the acquisition of Arrium by GFG Alliance, an new era commenced at Whyalla. Michiel joined the team to drive the transformation in the asset base for the steelworks. A key part of this transformation is the application of advanced techniques and processes to reduce energy costs and carbon footprint for the production of iron and steel, and Michiel is keen to include these in the technology selection at the site. Before joining Liberty Primary Steel, Michiel worked for 25 years’ in the energy, mining and metals industries where he gained experience in alternative technologies and advanced engineering techniques. 

  • Ross Haywood, Hatch

    Ross Haywood

    Ross Haywood is the global leader of the Specialised Engineering Analysis and Design (SEAD) group for Hatch. He has 28 years experience as a mechanical engineer with technical specialisation in fluid mechanics, process heat transfer, and combustion. Experience with a wide variety of metallurgical, combustion, and chemical process unit-operations, including reactors, furnaces, conventional and new ironmaking technologies, heat recovery systems, steam generators, gas handling systems, and rotating equipment.  

  • Stuart Hutchings, Boral

    Stuart Hutchings

    Operations Manager with Boral Australia with responsibility for the Berrima Cement Plant. The plant in NSW is Boral's largest manufacturing operation producing 1.5M tonne/annum cement clinker. Stuart has extensive international experience in the operation of high temperature minerals processing, particularly in the cement industry where he has held senior roles in Blue Circle Cement, Lafarge,Tarmac and Boral. Stuart has a strong belief that cement plants have a key place in the circular economy  where they can be used to recycle waste materials in the process of making a high quality construction material essential for development.

  • Tatsuya Kodama, Niigata University

    Tatsuya Kodama

    Tatsuya Kodama is a professor at Niigata University and has worked in the field of concentrating solar thermo-chemistry for the past twenty years, building up considerable expertise in high-temperature solar chemistry. His research centres around: solar thermo-chemical two-step water-splitting for the production of hydrogen;  solar methane reforming for solar-hybrid synthetic gas production and solar coal gasification for solar-hybrid synthetic gas production. He has authored over 100 research papers and has a number of international patents.

  • Robbie McNaughton, CSIRO

    Robbie McNaughton

    Robbie McNaughton is the team leader for the CSIRO Solar Thermal Processes team. His work over the past 19 years has included solar fuels processes, steam and mixed reforming for syngas and hydrogen production, supercritical steam systems, solar brayton cycles, high temperature thermal storage and most recently the development of a solar thermal supercritical CO2 recuperated loop. He has expertise in managing large research projects with international collaborators and delivering innovative solutions.

  • Jordan Parham, FCT Combustion

    Jordan Parham

    Jordan is a highly accomplished engineer and manager with extensive research and corporate experience in organisations servicing the energy and resource sectors. He is currently CEO of FCT Combustion’s Asia-Pacific operations, having previously held roles of Engineering Manager and Combustion Engineer. FCT is a combustion and process specialist company that delivers custom designed combustion solutions and heat transfer equipment.

  • Vikram Singh, AGIG (Australian Gas Infrastructure Group)

    Vikram Singh

    Vikram is leading the decarbonisation strategy at AGIG and delivering the largest power to gas project in Australia, where renewable hydrogen will be blended with natural gas and injected into the South Australian gas distribution network. Prior to AGIG, Vikram was a partner at Deloitte Australia and specialised in the energy and utilities sector advising leading energy companies and government agencies on M&A transactions, electricity and gas wholesale and retail markets, network reform, privatisation, renewables and decarbonisation.

  • Dietmar Tourbier, CSIRO

    Dietmar Tourbier

    Dietmar Tourbier works at CSIRO and is the Director of the Australian Solar Thermal Research Institute (ASTRI). Prior to joining CSIRO, he worked at General Electric (GE) for over 20 years and held various leading positions in corporate research including the leadership roles of GE’s solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) division in California, the global power electronics technology research group and the GE’s European research team.

  • Ivar Valstad, Hydro Energi AS

    Ivar Valstad

    Ivar Valstad leads Norsk Hydro’s Centre of Excellence Greener. He is responsible for developing strategies and solutions to lower carbon emissions from Norsk Hydro’s value chain. In addition, he is part of Norsk Hydro’s Business Development New Technologies team that builds and invests in new business opportunities emerging from the ongoing transition of energy systems. His background includes strategy and sustainability consulting to several major energy companies as well as R&D and commercial roles in the offshore oil and gas industry.

  • Habib Zughbi, BlueScope

    Habib Zughbi

    Habib Zughbi started his career as a process engineer with Exxon Mobil and Caltex Oil refining before joining CSIRO. 12 years as an associate professor at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals  followed. He joined BlueScope in 2006 as a senior research engineer. Habib's research interests include mathematical modeling and simulations of fluid flow, heat and mass transfer in single and multi-phases, applications of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to industrial applications, minimization of energy consumption and CO2 emissions using process modeling and process integration, and recycling of by-product materials.

Conference dinner speaker

  • John Burgess

    John Burgess

    John began his career with BHP as a researcher in blast furnace ironmaking. He later became Group General Manager Research and then Vice President Safety, Environment and Technology, sitting on the global Management Committee and Capital Investment Committee of the company. Later, he set up a consultancy and undertook several studies on low carbon electricity generation. He is currently the invited Chair of the CSIRO Energy Advisory Committee.

Session chairs

Tom Campey, ARENA

David Harris, CSIRO

Susan Jeanes, ARENA Board

Keith Lovegrove, ITP Energised Group

Centre for Energy Technology

The Centre for Energy Technology is located within the Institute for Mineral and Energy Resources (IMER) at the University of Adelaide. The Centre delivers innovative technologies for sustainable, secure and affordable energy. Our goal is to help accelerate society's transition to carbon neutrality.

We collaborate with leading industry, government agencies and other research organisations, drawing on our research capacity in sustainable power, fuels, networks and minerals.

CET works with industry to reduce emissions now, by retro-fitting innovative technologies to existing systems, and is also developing new carbon neutral and carbon negative technologies to replace existing heat, power and fuel production systems.

In this way, CET’s research has an immediate impact on CO2 emissions, while we transition to sustainable, affordable clean energy solutions.

Information about the extensive range of our research and engagement can be found on the Centre for Energy Technology website.

Gus Nathan

Founding Centre Director, Professor Gus Nathan

Professor Nathan is an ARC Discovery Outstanding Researcher, who specialises in thermal energy engineering in systems supplied by solar, geothermal and the combustion of fossil and bio-fuels. He also works with hydrogen, wind and wave power and his recent work has focused on novel approaches to integrate and optimise these different energy sources.

He has played a leading role in the development of six patented technologies. He was principal leader of the Chief Design Team for the award winning fuel and combustion system for the Sydney Olympic Relay Torch and was co-inventor of the patented combustor that was subsequently also used in the torch and stadium flame for the Athens Games.

  • HiTeMP Forum Steering Committee

    • Chair: Professor Gus Nathan, Director Centre for Energy Technology, The University of Adelaide
    • Professor Geoffrey Brooks, Swinburne University
    • Mr Cedric Philibert, Energy & Climate Change Analyst, International Energy Agency
    • Mr David Cochrane, Technology Lead, South32
    • Dr David Harris, Research Director - Energy, CSIRO
    • Mr Lawrence Hooey, Business Development, Swerea MEFOS
    • Professor Wojciech Lipinski, Australian National University
    • Professor Bill Skinner, University of South Australia
    • Mr Theuns Victor, Executive General Manager, Liberty Onesteel
    • Mr Dominic Zaal, Program Manager, Australian Renewable Energy Agency
  • HiTeMP Forum Organising Committee

    • ChairProfessor Gus Nathan, Director, Centre for Energy Technology, The University of Adelaide
    • Professor Bassam Dally, Deputy Director, Centre for Energy Technology, The University of Adelaide
    • Professor Greg Metha, School of Chemistry, The University of Adelaide
    • Associate Professor Maziar Arjomandi, School of Mechanical Engineering,The University of Adelaide
    • Dr Chris Matthews, Institute for Mineral and Energy Resources Manager, The University of Adelaide
    • Ms Sandy McConachy, Director Global Research and Engagement, The University of Adelaide
    • Ms Rachael West, Government Relations Officer, The University of Adelaide
    • Ms Ros Whysall, Administrator, Institute of Mineral and Energy Resources, The University of Adelaide

The program provided an opportunity to reflect on the current global state of high temperature mineral processing with plenty of opportunities for discussion and networking and the chance to formulate future directions.

Forum themes

  • Opportunities to become more globally competitive
  • Metal reduction, particularly for iron and steel
  • Calcination, particularly for alumina and cement
  • Zero carbon fuels and materials, including hydrogen, syngas and oxygen
  • 2018 HiTeMP Forum program


    Monday 17 September

    Registration and Coffee (09:00 - 11:00)
    Session 1: Global and National Drivers and Challenges (11:00 - 13:00)
    Welcome Prof Bruce Northcote (University of Adelaide, PVC Research Engagement)
    HiTeMP forum: background, aims and objectives Prof Gus Nathan (Centre for Energy Technology)
    Keynote:   Overview of opportunity for minerals and metals processing in global mining Mr Alastaire Dick (Rocky Mountain Institute)
    Keynote: Global drivers to decarbonise high temperature industrial processes Dr Asem Mousa (BHP)
    Keynote: Opportunities for Australian Industry in the transition to lower carbon intensity Ms Miranda Taylor (NERA)
    Session 2: Socio-political Drivers & Opportunities (14:00 - 17:30)
    Keynote: Japanese perspective on drivers to decarbonise industry Prof Masaki Onozaki (The Institute of Applied Energy)
    Keynote: Opportunities for renewable energy in mining and high temperature processing in Australia Mr Phil O'Neil (Advisian)
    Panel: Presentations Mr Glynn Ellis, (Redback Energy)
    Mr Ivar Valstad (Hydro Energi AS)
    Chair led Keynote and Panel discussion followed by open discussion with the floor Chair: Ms Susan Jeanes (ARENA Board)
    Networking Function (18:00 - 19:30)
    Speaker: The Hon Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP
    Minister for Energy & Mining, SA Government

    Tuesday 18 September

    Session 3: Sustainable Sources of Energy for High Temperature Processes (09:00 - 12:30)
    Keynote:  Recent developments in concentrating solar thermal technology for high temperature processing Prof Christian Sattler (DLR)
    Keynote:  Recent developments in sustainable fuels production technology Prof Ellen Stechel (Arizona State University)
    Panel: Presentations Mr Vikram Singh (AGIG)
    Prof Peter Ashman (University of Adelaide)
    Prof Tatsuya Kodama (Niigata University)
    Panel: Presentations continued Mr Ildo Agnetti (CMI)
    Dr Dietmar Tourbier (ASTRI)
    Chair led Keynote and Panel discussion followed by open discussion with the floor Chair: Prof Bassam Dally (University of Adelaide)
    Session 4: Sustainable Reduction processes (14:15 - 17:30)  
    Keynote Video Presentation: Our Vision for the Future Mr Sanjeev Gupta (GFG Alliance)
    Keynote:  Leading the way on sustainability through steel Mr Masa Suenaga (Nippon Steel, Australia)
    Keynote: Decarbonisation of the Swedish Iron and Steel Industry Dr Lawrence Hooey (Swerea MEFOS)
    Panel: Presentations Dr Ross Haywood (Hatch)
    Mr Michiel Freislich (Liberty OneSteel)
    Dr Habib Zughbi (BlueScope)
    Chair led Keynote and Panel discussion followed by open discussion with the floor Chair: Dr David Harris (CSIRO)
    Conference Dinner (19:00 - 21:30) Speaker: Adjunct Prof John Burgess

    Wednesday 19 September

    Session 5: Sustainable Calcination Processes  (09:00 - 12:30)  
    Keynote:  Opportunities to decarbonise the alumina calcination process Prof Gus Nathan (Centre for Energy Technology)
    Keynote:  Industrial perspective on decarbonising alumina Mr Raphael Costa (Hydro Bauxite & Alumina)
    Panel: Presentations Mr Ray Chatfield (Alcoa)
    Ms Ros DeGaris (Consultant)
    Dr Jordan Parham (FCT Combustion)
    Mr Stuart Hutchings (Boral)
    Mr Robbie McNaughton (CSIRO)
    Chair led Keynote and Panel discussion followed by open discussion with the floor Chair: Dr Keith Lovegrove (ITP Energised Group)
    Session 6: Outcomes and Conclusions (13:30 - 16:00)  
    Presentation by Session Chairs  
     Open discussion to seek to reach consensus on the 4 key questions (listed on the home page of the website) Chair: Dr Tom Campey (ARENA)
    Future Directions: Where to from here? Prof Gus Nathan (Centre for Energy Technology)