ArcelorMittal S.A.: ArcelorMittal announces the first industrial production of ethanol
ArcelorMittal S.A.: ArcelorMittal announces the first industrial
production of ethanol
16 November 2023
ArcelorMittal announces the first industrial production of
ethanol at its Steelanol plant, Europe’s first carbon capture and
utilisation (CCU) project. This historic milestone was achieved on
7 November 2023, at ArcelorMittal Belgium’s Gent plant. The first
industrial-scale production is a significant step in the journey to
the full commissioning of the Steelanol plant. Throughout the
project, ArcelorMittal has worked with its partners LanzaTech,
Primetals Technologies and E4Tech.
The Steelanol plant captures carbon-rich industrial gases from
steel production at ArcelorMittal Gent, and biologically converts
them into ethanol using LanzaTech's carbon biorecycling process.
LanzaTech’s technology works like a brewery, but instead of yeast
consuming sugar, proprietary bacteria known as a biocatalyst
consume carbon gas and convert it into essential chemical building
blocks such as ethanol.
The plant was officially inaugurated in December 2022, followed
by cold commissioning. Afterwards, the biocatalyst was introduced
into the plant (a process known as inoculation) to start the growth
of the microorganisms and verify the production of new molecules.
In June 2023, the first samples containing ethanol were produced in
Image: The Steelanol team celebrate the first
industrial production of ethanol in Gent
Over the past few weeks, gases from the blast furnace have been
safely introduced into the bioreactors. This was followed on
November 7th by the first industrial production of ethanol from one
of the four bioreactors. A further ramp-up of production is
expected in the coming months. The plant has the capacity to
produce 80 million litres of advanced ethanol, almost half of the
total current advanced ethanol demand for fuel mixing in Belgium.
It has the potential to reduce annual carbon emissions from the
Ghent plant by 125,000 tonnes.
The ethanol produced in Gent can be used as a building block for
a variety of products, including sustainable transport fuels,
packaging materials, clothing and even cosmetic perfumes,
contributing to efforts to decarbonise the chemical sector
In addition to working with LanzaTech, Primetals Technologies
and E4Tech, ArcelorMittal has obtained funding from various
sources, including the European Union's Horizon 2020 programme and
the European Investment Bank, to carry out further research and
development and scale up the project. The Flemish government also
gave strategic environmental support via VLAIO, the Flemish Agency
for Innovation and Enterprise.
LanzaTech Global, Inc. (Nasdaq: LNZA) is the carbon recycling
company transforming waste carbon into sustainable raw materials
for everyday products. Using its biorecycling technology, LanzaTech
captures carbon-rich gases generated by energy-intensive industries
at the source, preventing them from being emitted into the air.
LanzaTech then gives that captured carbon a new life as a
sustainable replacement for virgin fossil carbon in everything from
household cleaners and clothing fibers to packaging and fuels. By
partnering with companies across the global supply chain like
ArcelorMittal, Zara, H&M Move and Coty, LanzaTech is paving the
way for a circular carbon economy. For more information about
LanzaTech, visit https://lanzatech.com.
Primetals Technologies, headquartered in
London, United Kingdom, is a pioneer and world leader in the fields
of engineering, plant building, and the provision of lifecycle
services for the metals industry.
E4tech is an international strategic
consultancy focused on sustainable energy. Since 1997 they have
worked with companies, governments, and investors to help them
understand the global opportunities and challenges of clean
ArcelorMittal is the world's leading steel and mining company,
with a presence in 60 countries and primary steelmaking facilities
in 16 countries. In 2022, ArcelorMittal had revenues of $79.8
billion and crude steel production of 59.0 million metric tonnes,
while iron ore production reached 45.3 million metric tonnes. Our
purpose is to produce ever smarter steels that have a positive
benefit for people and planet. Steels made using innovative
processes which use less energy, emit significantly less carbon and
reduce costs. Steels that are cleaner, stronger and reusable.
Steels for electric vehicles and renewable energy infrastructure
that will support societies as they transform through this century.
With steel at our core, our inventive people and an entrepreneurial
culture at heart, we will support the world in making that change.
This is what we believe it takes to be the steel company of the
future. ArcelorMittal is listed on the stock exchanges of New York
(MT), Amsterdam (MT), Paris (MT), Luxembourg (MT) and on the
Spanish stock exchanges of Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and Valencia
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