China’s HBIS Xuansteel has started construction works on the world’s first hydrogen metallurgy demonstration project, H2 Bulletin reports.
The Hydrogen Energy Development & Application Pilot Project will explore new technologies to produce green steel. The project will be built in the hydrogen energy pilot city of Zhangjiakou, using wind power and solar power to produce hydrogen.
The project will benefit from the advantages of Zhangjiakou National Renewable Energy Demonstration Zone to create an innovative development model of “zero-carbon” hydrogen production and hydrogen energy industry development.
The pilot project will employ new hydrogen reduction technologies, including Tenova Energiron-ZR technology, replacing the traditional BF hot metal method.
It is estimated that the project could cut steelmaking emission by 60% annually and would be the world’s first low carbon generation pilot plant, which would be a key step in the steel industry’s green and low carbon development.
Meanwhile, Japan’s steelmaker Kobe Steel Ltd set a goal to slash its CO2 emissions from its steelmaking by 30%-40% by 2030 by using a new method combining its operational technology and Midrex direct reduction iron (DRI) technology. Furthermore, the company will improve energy efficiency by supplying heat and hydrogen to the surrounding area from its coal-fired power generation plant.