German steelmaker Salzgitter Flachstahl, a part of the Salzgitter Group, has ordered a demonstration plant from Tenova to test the latter’s new direct-reduced iron (DRI) technology.
According to a news release on Friday, the new plant will be built with a nominal processing capacity of 100 kilograms per hour (0.1mt/hr) and will use 100pc hydrogen as an iron ore reducing agent to produce DRI. The new feedstock will be used in both blast furnaces as well as the electric-arc furnaces operated by Salzgitter at its Peine plant.
The order was recently approved by the German environmental ministry, to help the company meet its emission goals. Salzgitter expects to cut its carbon emission benchmark by 95pc after the final plant is constructed in 2022.