Hybrit project aims to ‘revolutionise iron and steelmaking’ (US)

A project called Hybrit is aiming to revolutionize the iron and steelmaking by removing fossil fuels from the process.

The initiative says it is developing methods to replace coking coal, which is traditionally needed for ore-based steelmaking, with hydrogen. Executives involved in the project will be presenting a number of seminars at Hannover Messe next week. Leading companies from the industry – such as SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall – plan to replace coking coal with fossil-free electricity and hydrogen, developing what would be the world’s first fossil-freeContinue reading

China’s Cheap Steelmaking Machines Pose Safety Concerns in Southeast Asia (US)

MANILA—China banned induction furnaces last year in a crackdown on polluting producers of low-quality steel, but the equipment has made its way to parts of Southeast Asia, putting pressure on domestic steelmakers and fueling safety and environmental concerns. The Philippines and Indonesia have seen an influx of these furnaces since China prohibited their use for steelmaking in June 2017, eliminating 154 million tons of capacity—or just over the combined output of the United States and Germany. The two Southeast Asian nations—big steel importers with fast-growing economies—are ideal markets for these induction furnaces, or IFs, that produce cheaper steel. But some Continue reading

Le nouveau PDG d’ArcelorMittal Méditerranée relaie l’appel de son groupe: “La sidérurgie doit être soutenue” (FR)

Bruno Ribo a pris ses fonctions à la tête du site ArcelorMittal de Fos. Il arrive de l’usine de Galati en Roumanie.(Credit Photo@ FRÉDÉRIC SPEICH)

Après un parcours complet au sein du groupe ArcelorMittal depuis 1989, Bruno Ribo vient de prendre ses fonctions à la tête d’ArcelorMittal Méditerranée à Fos. Ingénieur de formation, il quitte la direction de l’usine de Galati en Roumanie, couplée à celle de Skopje (Macédoine) dont le groupe a dû se séparer, à la demande de la Commission européenne, pour pouvoir intégrer le site d’Ilva, en Italie.

Où en est-on de l’intégration d’Ilva ? Que peut en attendre Fos ?
Bruno Ribo : 
La cession n’est pas encore finalisée, elle doit se faire dans le courant du premier trimestre et doit être approuvée par la Commission européenne. Le site d’Ilva a un aval plus complet que Fos. ArcelorMittal n’était pas présent de façon significative jusque-là en Italie exceptée à travers son usine de Piombino spécialisée dans le finishing. Fos a une place importante dans la production de “produitsContinue reading

China’s No.2 steelmaking hub Jiangsu escalates smog alerts, halves output (US)

BEIJING (Reuters) – Steel mills, coke plants and coal-fired utilities in China’s second-biggest steelmaking hub Jiangsu will have to slash their production capacity as the provincial authorities have escalated smog alerts for the next three days. Air pollution is expected to worsen from Nov. 27 until Nov. 30, triggering second-level orange smog alerts in the country’s four-level system, the Department of Ecology and Environment of Jiangsu Province said in a statement. Heavy industry in Jiangsu will have to cut more of their production capacity by at least 50 percent fromContinue reading

Materials will lead the Energy Transition Revolution (US)

MIT Energy Initiative Director Robert Armstrong welcomes attendees to MITEI’s annual research conference, which featured panels on topics ranging from climate change to energy startups to the critical role artificial intelligence and machine learning can play in developing technology for a low-carbon energy future. (Credit Photo @ Photo: Eric Hayne)

MIT Energy Initiative Director Robert Armstrong offers his perspective on the takeaways from MITEI’s annual research conference.

“From nanomaterials to metal alloys, materials are going to play a role in everything from energy production and conversion to transmission, distribution, and end use”.

MIT Energy Initiative Director Robert Armstrong

The MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) 2018 annual research conference brought together energy researchers, policymakers, and industry members working on cutting-edge technologies and business models for the transition to a low-carbon future. Panels ranged from the latest developments in the fight against climate change to innovations for creating a better environment in which energy startups can thrive. A special segment of the conference, presented Continue reading

ArcelorMittal veut produire moins de CO2 (FR)

Le directeur du campus R&D, Frédéric Grein. (Credit Photo@AFP/Jean Christophe Verhaegen)

Les questions d’environnement et de mobilité figurent au centre de la recherche et développement du groupe sidérurgique ArcelorMittal.

Le campus de R&D de Maizières-lès-Metz (Moselle), le plus important du groupe, est en première ligne pour la mise au point de nouveaux produits et des processus industriels pour les produire, a expliqué son directeur Frédéric Grein, vendredi, lors d’une visite du site qui fête ses 60 ans. L’objectif est «porter les améliorations et les innovations sur le terrain» pour «aider les usines du groupe à améliorer leurs paramètres de rendement, de qualité et de productivité», résume-t-il. Et il faut ensuite «aider les clients à utiliser au mieux les nouveaux produits», ajoute-t-il. La maîtrise des émissions de CO2 constitue l’un des premiers impératifs pour le producteur d’acier et répond aussi à

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Ahead of winter, Chinese steel mills rush to meet stricter smog rules (US)

BEIJING (Reuters) – Steel mills in Tangshan, China’s top steelmaking city, are rushing to install equipment to meet new ‘ultra-low’ emissions targets by an Oct. 31 deadline, as the measures to battle pollution threaten more upheaval in the debt-laden sector. Only a handful of mills have installed the technology that removes sulfur, nitrogen and dust and costs up to 200 million yuan ($29 million), according to analysts who have tracked the more than 150 sintering plants in the city affected by the new rules, which were only announced in July. “Everyone is trying to speed up the (upgrade) project … Still, time is very tight,” said an environmental manager at Hebei Donghai Special Steel Co, aContinue reading

Heat recovery in steel plants to boost competitiveness (US)

Kristijan Plesnik, energy manager at the steel production SIJ Metal Ravne in Slovenia, talks to ESCI about economic threats to steel production and how these may affect EU climate targets. Kristijan is also involved in the EU-funded ETEKINA project, which looks at new innovative ways to recover waste heat in energy-intensive industries using heat pipes. During the project, SIJ Metal Ravne will adapt a new heat pipe heat exchanger (HPHE) in one of their plants in order to verify and demonstrate its impact in reducing the plant’s overall energy consumption.

ESCI: Are you already reusing waste energy within your plant?

Kristijan Plesnik: Indeed, we are already using some of the waste energy from our electric arc furnaces, so called UHPs, Ultra High Power furnaces. We have had very good experiences with that. ETEKINA draws on this but takes it further. The project has a new approach, as it Continue reading

Tata Steel unveils sustainable steel production technology in Europe (US)

The company has been carrying out long-term testing of its HIsarna plant at the Tata Steel site in IJmuiden, the Netherlands. HIsarna is a completely new technology for producing iron which consists of a reactor in which iron ore is injected at the top. The ore is liquefied in a high-temperature cyclone and drips to the bottom of the reactor where powder coal is injected. This significantly reduces the number of energy-intensive steps required for the traditional steelmaking process. Testing has already shown this technology can lead to a significantContinue reading

China’s top steelmaking city set to deepen output curbs over summer (US)

BEIJING (Reuters) – The top Chinese steelmaking city of Tangshan has ordered steel mills, coke producers and utilities to cut output further this summer, according to a document from the city government, the latest step to curb smog in one of the country’s most polluted areas. The move to deepen cuts in emissions will last for six weeks from July 20 until Aug. 31, according to the document, which was reviewed by Reuters. That will be in addition to 10-15 percent capacity cuts imposed from March to November. The document did not instruct factories to cut output by aContinue reading