What is believed to be the world’s first test of a 30% natural gas/hydrogen blend in the forging process of industrial steelmaking was held at Rho, Italy, as part of a joint collaboration between Snam, Rina and the Giva Group.
The trial involved the use of a hydrogen and gas mix to heat furnaces at the Forgiatura Vienna plant and was successfully carried out on site after a series of studies and laboratory tests that have lasted close to a year.
The blend of the methane and hydrogen in this project was supplied by Sapio, an Italian company that specialises in the production and marketing of industrial and medical gases.
It is estimated that the permanent use of a 30% green hydrogen blend, fuelled by renewables, of the total gas consumed by the three Giva Grouop’s steel forging plants could see a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of around 15,000 tonnes per year.
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