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German green steel interview with Heinz Jörg Fuhrmann

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

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German publication, Welt, has published an interview about the greening of the steel industry with a representative from Salzgitter AS - one of the largest steel producers in Europe.

Highlights include:

  • The German steel industry is responsible for approximately 57 million tonnes per annum CO2 emissions, despite advances in energy efficiency (95%).
  • Changing from blast furnace technology to hydrogen technology (via Direct Reduced Iron, or DRI) has the potential to decrease emissions to 5% of current values.
  • The technology while available is not commercial, and operating costs are dependent upon electricity prices - an estimate of a 50% increas...

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