thyssenkrupp Steel, a Duisburg-based steel producer, has launched a series of tests that inject hydrogen into its steelmaking process.
The first of their kind tests were initiated in the presence of NRW economics and digital minister Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart and aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions which are produced during the steelmaking process.
“Today is a ground-breaking day for the steel industry,” said Premal Desai, Chairman of thyssenkrupp Steel Europe.
“Steel production will play an important part in reaching our climate targets because the potential for reducing emissions is huge. That’s why we’re working flat out to drive the transition to hydrogen technology.”
The tests mark an important role in thyssenkrupp’s climate strategy to become climate-neutral by 2050. The company is also aiming for its emissions from production and processes, as well as emissions from the purchase of energy to be reduce by 30% by 2030.
“Steel production will play an important part in reaching our climate targets because the potential for reducing emissions is huge. That’s why we’re working flat out to drive the transition to hydrogen technology,” said Dr. Klaus Keysberg, Member of thyssenkrupp AG’s Executive Board.
Hydrogen will be a key driver of thyssenkrupp Steel’s climate strategy in the coming decades. Following the conversation of the blast furnaces, the company plans to build large-scale reduction plants, which will then be operating with hydrogen-containing gases, starting in the mid 2020s.
French industrial gas giant Air Liquide is a project partner for the injection tests and hold expertise in the hydrogen value chain from production and storage to the development of end customer uses.
“Hydrogen is the key to both the energy transition and industrial transformation. This special molecule can be both a raw material for industry and a medium for energy storage and recovery,” said Gilles Le Van, CEO of Air Liquide Deutschland.
“At Air Liquide, we are convinced of the potential of a global hydrogen economy – and bring more than 60 years of experience and innovation in this field to our joint project work. Together we are shaping Germany’s hydrogen future and contributing to the achievement of climate goals.”
The project is being funded under the IN4climate.NRW initiative launched by the state government an is scientifically supported by the BFI research institute.