Air Liquide and thyssenkrupp will partner for a project to develop lower-carbon steel production. For the first time, hydrogen will be injected to partially replace pulverized coal at a large scale in the blast furnace during steel production. Air Liquide will ensure a stable supply of hydrogen from its 200-km network in the Rhine-Ruhr area. This will be implemented at one of the blast furnaces in thyssenkrupp ́s integrated steel mills in Duisburg, Germany. Thyssenkrupp aims at reducing CO2 emissions in the production process by up to 20%.
The project underlines the shared commitment of Air Liquide and thyssenkrupp to a lower-carbon future. As part of its global approach to climate, Air Liquide has committed to promote solutions to help its clients reduce their carbon footprint. Hydrogen will play a significant role in the transition to a low-carbon future. It can replace coal used in iron and steel industrial processes, such as in this project, and it can also be stored and transported in large quantities.