Thyssenkrupp, BFI select DRI demonstration plant supplier

Düren, Germany-based technology supplier TS Elino will build a direct reduction test facility, including the associated auxiliary units, at thyssenkrupp Steel’s Duisburg-Nord site.

The project aims to advance research into the direct reduction of iron ore. The client is Germany’s VdEh Institute for Applied Research (BFI). The order value for the direct reduction plant on a demonstration scale is around €10 million ($11m), Kallanish is told by the steelmaker. It forms part of the “energy transition real-world laboratories” H2Stahl project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection.

Consortium partners tk Steel and the BFI will trial the technological leap into hydrogen-based, carbon-neutral hot iron production, with the construction and operation of the direct reduction test facility.

The planned facility will be about 40 metres in height, and will be able to reproduce various direct reduction processes. Since it is not tied to a specific process, it will be possible to operate the facility in a technology-open manner with different feedstocks such as pellet, lump ore and recycled materials. It will have a capacity of 100 kg/hour of direct reduced iron, and will be connected to the nearby Carbon2Chem Technical Center infrastructure.

Christian Koehl Germany