Project budget6 392 701 €
ERDF amount2 760 282 €
In this joint initiative, AM will lead a consortium formed by Belgian, British, French and Dutch partners to prove a potential reduction of CO2 emissions (30-45%) across the major energy intensive steel sector by demonstrating an innovative technology to separate CO2 streams and valorise CO and potentially CO2 in the future. Two valorisation routes will be studied during the project, i.e. ethanol as a drop-in transportation fuel and synthetic naphtha as a drop-in chemical building block. Collaborations with other programmes and job growth will be fostered throughout the programme area.
The objective is to demonstrate the potential of reduction of GHG emissions in the steel sector by 30+%, by implementing a cost efficient breakthrough solution for the separation of CO2&CO unavoidably emitted. This will be achieved by processing in a pilot line carbon rich gases into 2 streams, one rich in CO and another one in CO2 that could be valorised into promising chemical building blocks in the future. We will also take into account the reuse of any by-products to further induce fossil fuels’ replacement and GHG emissions reductions.
- Operational and maintenance manuals of the pilot line (including GMS/PSA and CO/CO2 separation pilots (AM, DOW)
- Demonstration report of the pilot line (AM, DOW)
- CO2 stream on specifications (% of pure CO2 in the stream) (all)
- CO stream on specifications (% of pure CO in the stream) (all)
- Life Cycle Assessment (all)
- Technology’s economic feasibility study (all)
- Pilot line erected and ready for demonstration (including GMS/PSA and CO/CO2 separation pilots (AM, DOW)
Cross border approach
AM has partnered strategically with experts/technology owners:
DOW is expert in CO2 separation technology & CO conversion technology. LT, DOW & UL will assess the quality of separated streams and their full characterisation for future applications, using existing (DOW, LT) and innovative technologies (UL).
ISPT (NL), POMOV (BE) and UL (FR) will bring all the actors together to create awareness of the project and favour future roll-out of the pilot line in companies across borders AM and DOW are located on the Gent Terneuzen Canal (15km) enabling efficient materials transfer.
The Carbon2Value project has made significant process on the design and development of the pilot line to treat steel waste gases in view of valorizing CO. The engineering of the CO/CO2 separation and the gas handling system has been finalised and the procurement of the installation launched. There has been a close cooperation between the partners to define the specifications for the pilots.The DOW pilot has been constructed and delivered at the AM Gent plant, and also been connected the plant gas management system. Cold commissioning was completed succesfully.
- The DOW separation pilot has been started up. After the startup tests have been performed on the pilot to check the CO2 removal efficiency comparted to the model prediction. The initial tests were very promising and the performance in agreement with the expectations.The Lanzatech GTS equiptment has been delivered to the AM Gent plant and preparation works have been performed to connect the GTS to the Lanzatech separation pilot.
- The GMS/PSA has been fully designed and ordered, integrated in the Steelanol plant. The construction of the Steelanol plant is now ongoing. Ground works have completed and steel construction 90% done.
A dissemination strategy was developed and partially implemented to create awareness of the potential of the technology with different stakeholders. A identification set for Carbon2Value is supporting these dissemination activities. Two official events have been organised with stakeholders, press and policymakers present.
- The Carbon2Value pilot was officially launched on the 18th March 2019. ArcelorMittal and Dow Benelux are starting trials with a new pilot installation at the company premises of ArcelorMittal Gent, that separates carbon dioxide (CO2) and carbon monoxide (CO) from gases produced during the steelmaking process. The event was held in the presence of Philippe Muyters, Flemish Minister of Innovation, Anton van Beek, President and Chairman of the Board van Dow Chemicals Benelux, Manfred Van Vlierberghe, CEO ArcelorMittal Belgium and various local stakeholders and press.
- The launch of the Steelanol plant construction in May 2019, opened by prime minister Bourgeois. The major of the city of Ghent was also present.