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Green H2 and circular bio-coal from biowaste for cost-competitive sustainable Steel

Objective

The achievement of the Net-zero emissions target established by the European Commission is huge challenge which could not be achieved without re-thinking the conventional route (materials and energy chains). H2STEEL project proposes an innovative, disruptive solution to convert wet waste streams into green Hydrogen, Carbon and Critical Raw Materials. The proposed innovative solution aims at supporting the green transition of one of the most hard-to-abate industrial sector: metallurgy. In particular, H2STEEL combines the conversion of biowaste and bioCH4 through innovative catalyzed pyrolysis with chemical leaching, to fully convert biowastes into Green Hydrogen, Green Carbon (biocoal), and recovery of Critical (inorganic) Raw Materials. Biomethane pyrolysis is carried out in a brand new, ad-hoc designed, and proof-of-concept reactor, on a bed of biocoal made from pre-carbonized biowastes, i.e. on a very cheap fully carbon-based catalyst, very resistant to temperature and contaminants: this will enhance the efficiency of the methane cracking step to generate Green Hydrogen. As new solid carbon from methane cracking is generated on the biocoal surface, thus reducing the performance of the catalyst, new biocoal-catalyst is inserted in the reactor, while the spent biocoal is removed: the continuous renewal of the catalyst is feasible thanks to its low cost, and to the market value of the spent catalyst. This material, fully bio-carbon based, is then used in steel-making as a substitute of metallurgical (fossil) coke, generating a net GHG reduction, EU ETS (Emission Trading Scheme) compliant. The regeneration of the spent catalyst thus becomes unnecessary, as the biocoal is used in a downstream process, avoiding the release of CO2 in atmosphere (as it happens in the SMR process or in most of the catalysts regeneration steps).

Coordinator

POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Net EU contribution
€ 824 375,00
Address
Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24
10129 Torino
Italy

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Region
Nord-Ovest Piemonte Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (5)

CONSORZIO PER LA RICERCA E LA DIMOSTRAZIONE SULLE ENERGIE RINNOVABILI
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 638 975,00
Address
Viale Kennedy 182
50038 Scarperia E San Piero

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Region
Centro (IT) Toscana Firenze
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 372 750,00
Address
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden

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Region
West-Nederland Zuid-Holland Agglomeratie Leiden en Bollenstreek
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
SOCIETA PER LA GESTIONE DELL' INCUBATORE D' IMPRESA DEL POLITECNICO SCPA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 200 090,00
Address
Corso Castelfidardo 30 A
10129 Torino

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Region
Nord-Ovest Piemonte Torino
Activity type
Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
CONTACTICA SL
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 223 012,50
Address
Calle Canchal 8 Local 3
28021 Madrid

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
ARCELORMITTAL MAIZIERES RESEARCH SA
France
Net EU contribution
€ 109 707,50
Address
Rue Andre Campra 6 Immeuble Le Cezanne
93200 Saint Denis

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Seine-Saint-Denis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00