Salzgitter Breaks Ground for μDRAL Pilot Plant for SALCOS
Salzgitter AG is setting another building block for low CO2 steel production. As part of SALCOS, S Alzgitter Low C O2 Steelmaking, the ground breaking for the construction of μDRAL, a demonstration plant for the production of directly reduced iron took place. It is the first DRI system that can be operated flexibly with natural gas and hydrogen. Production will begin in the first half of 2022. Initially, the directly reduced iron will be used in the blast furnace process to save injected coal and in the electric arc furnace at the Peine plant. The plant has a production capacity of 2,500 kilograms per day and can be operated flexibly with different proportions of 0 - 100% of natural gas and hydrogen. The supplier and technology partner is Tenova, an international manufacturer of systems for the metal and mining industries.
The construction of the new direct reduction plant is the next step in the realization of SALCOS. The complete transformation of steel production at Salzgitter AG to hydrogen-based processes is to be implemented in several stages by 2050 at the latest. This will cause CO2reduced by up to 95% in steel production.
The Salzgitter Group is investing € 13.6 million in the new plant. The Federal Environment Ministry supports the project with a funding rate of 40%.