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Development of a Low CO2 Iron and Steelmaking Integrated Process Route for a Sustainable European Steel Industry

Development of a Low CO2 Iron and Steelmaking Integrated Process Route for a Sustainable European Steel Industry

Objective

Over the past decade, the steel industry in Europe has been spending a lot of effort in Research and Development of technologies that help in achieving the EU’s CO2 emissions targets and reduce the cost of EU ETS compliance. That has been done through a combination of large scale projects which were part publicly funded with European funding and partly through smaller privately funded research activities.

From the initial stages of feasibility studies, several technologies were put forward for further development, one of which is the HIsarna smelting reduction process

The objective for the current proposal is to prove the capability of the HIsarna ironmaking technology to achieve at least 35% reduction in CO2 emission intensity, compared to blast furnace operated site based on Best Available Technology Currently Installed. This will be achieved through:

-Change operation parameters in order to achieve at least 35% CO2 intensity reduction per tonne of hot rolled coil compared to the conventional blast furnace – BOF route through:
>Combined iron ore and scrap operation with a scrap rate of 350kg/thm;
>Partially replacing coal injection with sustainable biomass injection (at least 40%);
>Minimising coal rate by maximising energy use in the reactor, through balancing the energy between the upper and lower part of the reactor (<700 kg coal per tonne hot metal in pilot reactor);
>Using limestone instead of burnt lime as a fluxing agent;
>Quantifying potential for energy recovery from hot off-gas by installing boiler test panels;
>Making the process ‘CCS ready’ by having process gas suitable for CCS with little or no processing by replacing compressed air and N2 carrier gasses with CO2 and CH4 as carrier gas;
-Operation of the HIsarna pilot plant for several months continuously in order to establish process and equipment stability;
-Test process conditions and validate for scale up to 0.8 Mtpa plant
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Coordinator

TATA STEEL NEDERLAND TECHNOLOGY BV

Address

Wenckebachstraat 1
1951 Jz Velsen Noord

Netherlands

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 6 618 466,88

Participants (6)

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THYSSENKRUPP STEEL EUROPE AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 42 700

ARCELORMITTAL MAIZIERES RESEARCH SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 37 841,88

VOESTALPINE STAHL GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 64 921,88

PAUL WURTH SA

Luxembourg

EU Contribution

€ 173 818,75

TATA STEEL IJMUIDEN BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 476 031,88

TATA STEEL UK LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 4 633,75

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 654013

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2015

  • End date

    31 October 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.5.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 14 836 830

  • EU contribution

    € 7 418 415,02

Coordinated by:

TATA STEEL NEDERLAND TECHNOLOGY BV

Netherlands