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World-first trial of new technology to recycle steelworks’ CO2 at ArcelorMittal Gent

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🗞️ Driving the news: ArcelorMittal Gent has launched the first industrial trial of D-CRBN’s plasma technology, which converts captured CO2 into carbon monoxide for use in steel and chemical production
• This trial, supported by a carbon capture unit from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), aims to reduce CO2 emissions in steelmaking

🔭 The context: D-CRBN’s technology uses plasma and renewable electricity to break the carbon-oxygen bond in CO2, converting it into carbon monoxide
• This process not only reduces the need for coke or metallurgical coal but also supplies feedstock for chemicals or alternative fuels

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The innovative carbon capture and utilization (CCU) technology offers a scalable solution to decarbonize the steel industry, reducing reliance on coal and potentially lowering the costs of emission-free products
• It supports ArcelorMittal's goal of a 35% reduction in CO2 emissions in Europe by 2030

⏭️ What's next: The trial will evaluate the feasibility of using high-purity CO2 captured by MHI’s unit and ensure the process remains effective despite any impurities
• Success could lead to full-scale deployment, advancing the Smart Carbon steelmaking route

💬 One quote: “Our technology can electrify and decarbonize existing blast furnaces and significantly reduce their coal use,” said Gill Scheltjens, CEO of D-CRBN

📈 One stat: ArcelorMittal aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 35% from its European operations by 2030

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