H2 View understands Tata Steel has engaged Hatch to develop basic engineering for the direct reduced iron (DRI) reduction smelting complex, which is set to use Hatch’s electric furnace technology, CRISP+.

Additionally, Hatch will design and supply the process equipment within the complex. The scope of the company’s involvement will include feed mixing, hot mix transfer, primary and secondary off-gas systems, electric furnaces, and slag granulation.

Tata Steel announced last September (2021) that it would introduce DRI technology in one or more furnaces at its IJmuiden plant. In August (2022), McDermott International revealed it had been selected to aid in the shaping and management of the project, which could cut the plant’s carbon dioxide emission by five million tonnes each year.

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Hans van den Berg, CEO of Tata Steel Nederland, said, “We recently made agreements about our future with two ministries and the province of North Holland. We also indicated that we want to be carbon dioxide neutral before 2045 and that we want to emit between 35 and 40% less carbon dioxide before 2030. This will largely be done via the hydrogen route. We are replacing the blast furnaces with modern technology that uses hydrogen or gas instead of coal.”

Joe Lombard, Global Managing Director of Metals at Hatch, added, “Efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from iron and steel production are critical to mitigating the impacts of climate change. Transitioning to low-carbon emission steel production enables the building of a sustainable steel industry. We look forward to working together with Tata Steel on this landmark project and congratulate them for their leadership in accelerating this change.”

How the pull of green steel can make green hydrogen competitive

Following the announcement of the €2.5bn H2 Green Steel initiative that will establish the world’s first large-scale green steel producer, Jacob Ruiter, CEO of EIT InnoEnergy Benelux, discusses how changing the way the business case for green hydrogen is considered has been vital for building momentum for Europe’s green hydrogen value chain.

It is often said that it is human nature to shy away from change. Until recently, one might have said the same about decarbonising industrial processes. While developing renewable technologies to decarbonise electricity has been “relatively straightforward”, decarbonising energy intensive industries, replacing natural gas to generate heat and reimagining CO₂ intensive industries to remove or reduce carbon has not. Yet, between Europe’s goal to be climate-neutral by 2050, growing consumer interest in sustainability, and the arrival of positive returns for the green hydrogen business case, energy intensive industrial processes are primed for a shake-up.

Of course, green hydrogen is not the only solution for industrial decarbonisation, but it is a means and a strong catalyst for change. It has the benefit of sector coupling with a continuously decarbonising electricity system, and, by focusing on energy intensive or CO₂ intensive industries such as steel, cement and fertilisers first, it can make a big impact in a relatively short period. In fact, steel is responsible for eight percent of global carbon dioxide emissions[1] while cement accounts for seven percent of the share[2].

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