thyssenkrupp Steel Europe, Equinor and Open Grid Europe will collaboratively conduct a feasibility study to advance the decarbonised production and supply of ‘blue’ hydrogen from natural gas.
The study will be conducted at Germany’s largest steel plant in Duisburg and will evaluate several options for the sourcing and transport of hydrogen to the thyssenkrupp site, as well as options for transport and storage of carbon dioxide.
“We consider hydrogen the key to a climate-friendly future,” said Dr Arnd Köfler, member of thyssenkrupp Steel Europe’s Executive Board.
“We therefore also welcome the German Government’s intention to finalise a national hydrogen strategy. In the long run, our goal will be to increase usage of hydrogen produced from renewable energies.”
“New markets are opening, new technologies are emerging, and we wish to grasp these opportunities,” said Stephan Bull, Senior Vice-President of Wind and Low Carbon Solutions at Equinor.
“We are exploring several new business opportunities by reforming natural gas to hydrogen, while capturing and storing the CO2 offshore, as a potential way to help our customers in the power, industry, transportation and heating sectors to meet future climate targets.”
thyssenkrupp Steel Europe is evaluating potential ways to ensure sufficient hydrogen supply for conversion of its steel production to reach thyssenkrupp’s goals of becoming a climate neutral company by 2050.
The company is currently pursuing two technical routes: avoidance of carbon dioxide emissions by injecting hydrogen instead of coal into its blast furnaces and use of hydrogen to produce direct reduced iron is paralleled by Carbon2Chem.