According to a press statement from the firm, ArcelorMittal's flagship carbon capture and utilization (CCU) project at its steel mill in Ghent, Belgium, was successfully launched.
For the European steel sector, the EUR 200 million (USD 210.4 million) "Steelanol" initiative is a first of its type. The CCU plant uses biocatalysts to convert carbon-rich waste gases from the steelmaking process and from waste biomass into advanced ethanol, which can then be used as a building block to produce a variety of chemical products, including transportation fuels, paints, plastics, clothing, and even cosmetic perfume, helping to support the decarbonization efforts of the world. This technology was developed by ArcelorMittal's project partner LanzaTech.
ArcelorMittal and LanzaTech will jointly sell the enhanced ethanol under the Carbalyst brand.
80 million liters of advanced ethanol, or about half of Belgium's current advanced ethanol requirement for fuel mixing, will be produced by the Steelanol facility once production is operating at maximum capacity. It will cut the Ghent plant's yearly carbon emissions by 125,000 tons. E4tech and Primetals Technologies are two other collaborators on the Steelanol project.
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