Aurubis, a provider of non-ferrous metals, has started producing its first industrial scale copper anodes using hydrogen supplied by Air Liquide.
The pilot project, based at the company’s Hamburg plant, introduced hydrogen and nitrogen into the anode furnace instead of natural gas with positive results.
The currents tests will gauge the impact that using hydrogen has and will monitor it to ensure that the continued process runs smoothly.
Hydrogen is being tested as a means to replace fossil fuels to reduce carbon emissions and, with hydrogen’s high reactivity, Aurubis expects higher efficiency in the production process as well.
Air Liquide has supplied the hydrogen for these initial tests.
It is expected that these tests will investigate how prolific hydrogen is in continuous production operations until the late summer (2021).
The technical insights gathered in the production process will be used to establish the foundation for additional hydrogen implementation in the company’s operations.
These initial tests have demonstrated another key step in Aurubis’ ambition in promoting carbon-neutral multimetal production.
Roland Harings, CEO of Aurubis AG, said, “Hydrogen has long been considered the energy source of the future. In addition to electricity, it can become the energy source of today if competitive parameters are created for its use.
“With the successful start of the hydrogen pilots, Aurubis shows how the carbon-neutral future can look with the help of innovation.
“When it comes to climate protection, Aurubis has been a forerunner for a long time already and we support the goal of a carbon-neutral continent by 2050.
“As a multimetal company, we can and want to contribute to this goal – through innovative products and production processes.”
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