Air Liquide confirmed today it will supply hydrogen to German steelmaker thyssenkrupp Steel as part of a pioneering project to develop lower carbon steel production.

For the first time, hydrogen will be injected to partially replace pulverised coal at a large scale in the blast furnace during steel production.

This solution will be implemented at one of the blast furnaces in thyssenkrupp’s integrated steel mills at its Duisburg, Germany site this autumn as part of a pilot phase.

After successful competition of the pilot, Air Liquide will ensure a stable supply of hydrogen from its 200km network in the Rhine-Ruhr area and the solution will be transferred to all blast furnaces at the site.

“Hydrogen is a cornerstone of the energy transition.”

The initiative underlines the shared commitment of Air Liquide and thyssenkrupp Steel who have both set ambitious goals to curb their emissions drastically.

Air Liquide said hydrogen will be play a significant role in the transition to a low-carbon future and can replace coal used in iron and steel industrial processes, such as in this project.

Guy Salzgeber, Executive Vice-President and member of the Air Liquide Group’s Executive Committee supervising industrial activities in Europe, said, “Hydrogen is a cornerstone of the energy transition.”

“We are very proud to announce this innovative project with our long-term partner thyssenkrupp to foster a low carbon steel production.”

“This initiative fully reflects our strategy to collaborate with our clients to develop solutions to accompany their journey towards a more sustainable industry.”