HyRESP Milestone: China’s Green Steel Breakthrough

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China's steel industry, led by Baowu, achieved a significant milestone with the launch of the first domestic million-ton hydrogen-based shaft furnace. The innovative "Hydrogen Reduction Electric Furnace" (HyRESP) promises a groundbreaking zero-carbon transformation, cutting CO2 emissions by over 500,000 tons yearly, equivalent to creating a vast forest in Zhanjiang, advancing green steel production.


December 23 marked a historic moment in China's steel industry as the nation witnessed the inauguration of its inaugural million-ton hydrogen-based shaft furnace at Zhanjiang Iron and Steel. This milestone, propelled by Baowu, heralds a transformative era in the pursuit of zero-carbon, eco-friendly steel production.

Baowu’s groundbreaking "Hydrogen Reduction Electric Furnace" (HyRESP) takes center stage in this technological leap. This innovative furnace, a global first, signifies a paradigm shift from traditional blast furnace iron-making processes. By employing this pioneering technology, the project anticipates a substantial reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by more than 500,000 metric tons annually.

The environmental impact of this reduction equates to the creation of a 500-square-kilometer forest in Zhanjiang. This symbolic comparison underscores the monumental stride made by the steel industry towards mitigating its carbon footprint and fostering ecological balance.

The successful operationalization of this million-ton hydrogen-based shaft furnace not only solidifies China's commitment to green transformations but also sets an inspiring precedent for global steel manufacturing. Baowu's innovative strides resonate with the urgent need for sustainable practices within heavy industries, paving the way for a greener, more environmentally conscious future.


The commissioning of China's inaugural million-ton hydrogen-based shaft furnace at Zhanjiang Iron and Steel, driven by Baowu’s cutting-edge HyRESP technology, marks a watershed moment in the steel industry’s journey towards eco-friendly production. This breakthrough's potential to reduce CO2 emissions by 500,000 metric tons annually demonstrates the sector’s dedication to zero-carbon methodologies, shaping a more sustainable future for steel manufacturing.

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