Sheffield steel sharpens to green hydrogen future

Sheffield’s steelmakers could save up to 3,500 tonnes of carbon emissions each year by switching from natural gas to locally produced green hydrogen, a Government-funded study supported by the city’s industry has found.

The project led by energy company E.ON, Chesterfield Special Cylinders, the University of Sheffield’s Energy Institute and other partners across the region is exploring ways to generate green hydrogen at the Blackburn Meadows renewable energy park, which can then be used as a cleaner fuel source for Sheffield’s steelmakers and other energy-intensive industries.

The early stages of the project found strong desire from steelmakers and other industries to find a cleaner alternative to natural gas in industrial processes.

Switching steelmaking to being fuelled by hydrogen could be commercially viable, the project found, and sustainable over the longer term. It could maintain the performance and product quality for manufacturers with carbon emissions 41.8% lower than if using natural gas. That means the three manufacturers taking part in the initial trials could save around 3,500 tonnes of CO2 each year.

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