ArcelorMittal to produce bioethanol out of blast furnace’s gases
Giant of the steel industry ArcelorMittal announced on Monday that it will produce bioethanol from the gases coming out of its Ghent blast furnace. The production of 80 million litres per year is estimated to start by 2020.
The world’s biggest steel manufacturer, ArcelorMittal, announced it will create bioethanol on its Ghent plant. This 150 million euro project, developed with American LanzaTech, will allow the steel giant to produce biofuel from the gases coming out of its blast furnace. “It will be the first of its type at the industrial level in Europe”, adds ArcelorMittal.
Transformation on bacterial level
The technology was created by the American company LanzaTech, with which the steel group has a long running partnership. It is using bacteria that feed up on carbon monoxide to create ethanol. This project should create up to 500 jobs for the construction and 20 to 30 permanent jobs.
‘Zero waste industry’
“Our long-term objective is to become a ‘zero waste industry’ where all matter used or generated by the production of steel is recovered, processed and reused in the production chain”, explains ArcelorMittal in a press release, “or it can also become raw material for other industries.” This biofuel project is also backed by the EU innovation program ‘Horizon 2020’.