Green Steel Plant for Thyssenkrupp: Kobe Steel, Paul Wurth
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Themes and Topics

  • Carbon emissions reduction in steel industry
  • Green hydrogen in steelmaking
  • Hydrogen ratio in DRI plants
  • Hydrogen utilization in steel production
  • Kobe Steel green steel production facility
  • Midrex Technologies hydrogen-run DRI plant
  • Paul Wurth hydrogen-run direct reduced iron (DRI) plant
  • Reformed natural gas with hydrogen
  • Thyssenkrupp Steel Duisburg hydrogen-powered plant
  • Transition from coal-fired blast furnaces to hydrogen-powered plants
  • Steel plant running on green hydrogen to use 50% blend of regenerated natural gas; plans to transition to 100% hydrogen.

    Here’s an article posted in Argus Media that talks about the mega hydrogen plant of Kobe Steel and Paul Wurth.

    According to the article,

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    • Kobe Steel (Kobelco) and Paul Wurth are developing a green steel production facility for Thyssenkrupp in Duisburg, Germany.
    • The facility will be a hydrogen-run direct reduced iron (DRI) plant, producing 2.5 million tons of steel per year.
    • The plant will initially use reformed natural gas, which contains 50% or more hydrogen

    Here are some examples of collaborations between Indian companies and international firms on hydrogen-based steel projects:

    ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel India

    In January 2024, ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel India (AM/NS India), a joint venture between ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Maharashtra government to establish a 6 million tonnes per annum green steel plant in the state.

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    The plant is expected to utilize hydrogen instead of coal in its production processes, significantly reducing the carbon footprint of steel manufacturing. ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel producer, has been actively pursuing hydrogen-based steelmaking technologies globally.

    By partnering with the Maharashtra government, AM/NS India aims to leverage the state’s resources and infrastructure to develop this pioneering green steel project. The collaboration will also involve the state government providing necessary support and incentives for the plant’s establishment.

    Tata Steel

    In 2023, Tata Steel signed an agreement with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur to jointly research and develop hydrogen-based direct reduced iron (DRI) production. The collaboration will focus on designing and testing pilot-scale hydrogen-based DRI plants, with the aim of scaling up the technology for commercial application.

    Additionally, Tata Steel is in discussions with several international technology providers and research institutions to access the latest advancements in hydrogen-based steel production. The company is also actively participating in industry forums and policy discussions to promote the adoption of hydrogen in the steel sector.

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    1. Hydrogen Pipeline For Thyssenkrupp Steel Air Liquide: Powered by Air Liquide
      • Air Liquide completed a 4-kilometer hydrogen pipeline for Thyssenkrupp Steel in Duisburg. This initiative, part of the H2Stahl real laboratory project, connects the Duisburg steel mill with Air Liquide’s hydrogen network in the Ruhr district​​.

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