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STEELANOL Report Summary

Project ID: 656437

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - STEELANOL (Production of sustainable, advanced bio-ethANOL through an innovative gas-fermentation process using exhaust gases emitted in the STEEL industry)

Reporting period: 2015-05-01 to 2016-10-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The project, aimed to produce ethanol from steel waste gas, will be sufficient to fuel half a million cars with ethanol blended gasoline. It will demonstrate the added value of recycling waste streams, not only by reducing emissions at source, hence reducing ArcelorMittal Europe’s direct carbon footprint, but by keeping fossil fuels in the ground through the production of commodity chemicals and fuels that would otherwise be made from oil. The resulting ethanol is expected to cut greenhouse gas emissions by over 80 per cent. It will predominantly be used in gasoline blending, but it can also be further processed into other products such as drop in jet fuel. The construction of the €120 million flagship pilot project, which will be located at ArcelorMittal Europe’s steel plant in Ghent, Belgium, is anticipated to commence in 2017, with ethanol production expected to start end 2018. ArcelorMittal, which has been working on this project since 2011, has signed a long-term partnership agreement with LanzaTech. If scaled up to its full potential in Europe, the technology could enable the production of around 80 million litres of bioethanol a year. Primetals Technologies will be responsible for part of the engineering, automation, key equipment and commissioning. E4tech will conduct a Life Cycle assessment to understand the environmental impacts in greater detail.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

The steelanol team has realized the following milestones in the first period of the project:
- The basic and detailed engineering of the steelanol plant has been finalized
- Construction preparation works have started: ground works have been almost completed and the connections to the AM waste gas pipe have been made.
- On the project a wide dissemination has been established via the media, website (www., publications, conferences, etc.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The Steelanol project targets the construction of Europe’s first-ever commercial scale production facility to create bioethanol from waste gases produced during steelmaking process. Gas fermentation is an innovative option for further valorization of steel process gases, complementary to the current power plant use and use of the gases for internal thermal energy production.
Steelanol is eliminating the GHG emissions of 50 000 ton of coal and 80 million liter of gasoline over the total chain. Based on Life Cycle Assessment studies the process realizes GHG savings > 60%, as required by RED, and without any food or land use issues. ArcelorMittal Gent has optimised innovative solutions to replace coke by injected carbon (coal or cellulosic waste) and oxygen which is gasified during blow in at the bottom of the BF.

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Record Number: 198146 / Last updated on: 2017-05-17