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Salzgitter AG and Tenova Sign a Letter of Intent for the SALCOS Project: Low-CO2 Hydrogen-Based Steel Production

By April 4, 2019 3   min read  (459 words)

April 4, 2019 |

Hydrogen for Steel MOU

 Hanover Salzgitter AG and Tenova officially announced another concrete step towards forward-looking, climate-friendly steel production at the Hannover Messe. By signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the two companies confirm their partnership in the realization of SALCOS (Low Carbon Steelmaking).

SALCOS is a pioneering project developed by the two companies to significantly reduce CO2 emissions in steel production. The goal is a gradual transformation process of carbon-intensive, conventional steel production towards direct reduction with a flexible, increasing use of hydrogen. As a result, CO2 emissions can be reduced by up to 95% over the entire process chain.

The cooperation partners want to apply for public funding for the SALCOS project.

Ulrich Grethe, Member of the Executive Board of Salzgitter AG: “The agreement with Tenova is another important step in the implementation of the SALCOS project. Hereby we affirm our offer to politics and society to realize the CO2-poor steel production in a timely manner. SALCOS is also a way of securing the future viability of the steel location Salzgitter and the jobs there. ”

In this context, Tenova is introducing the ENERGIRON ZR direct reduction technology, an innovative HYL direct reduction technology with integrated CO2 absorption system, jointly developed by Tenova and Danieli. “In recent years, Tenova has invested heavily in the development of technologies that can significantly reduce energy consumption and significantly improve the environmental footprint of steel production. Hydrogen plays a key role in this disruptive development, and the SALCOS concept could become a critical milestone for our industry, “said Paolo Argenta, Tenova’s Executive Vice President, Upstream. “At the moment, together with Salzgitter AG and Sunfire GmbH, we are involved in another project, namely GrInHy2.0, supported by Hydrogen Europe and the European Commission. This project is also an important step in the transition from coal to hydrogen in steelmaking. ”

Tenova, a member of the Techint Group, is a global partner for innovative, reliable and sustainable solutions in the metal and mining sectors. Tenova employs more than 3,000 forward-thinking professionals in 22 countries across 5 continents and develops technologies and services that help businesses reduce costs, save energy, limit environmental impact and improve working conditions.

Further information: www.tenova.com

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