Industrial gas sector specialist Nippon Gases is to participate in a new project that will aim to lower carbon emissions in the notoriously hard-to-abate steel sector.

The H-ACERO project is backed by a partnership of companies working together to use green hydrogen as an alternative energy source at various stages of the steel production process. 

Financed by the Basque Government to the sum of €8.8m, H-ACERO is also part of a wider initiative to develop advanced technologies and new materials that will help achieve net zero emissions by 2050. 

According to Nippon Gases, the project will involve four segments with one focusing on the development of advanced equipment, another based around consumables such as refractory and the last two relating to the fuel source (hydrogen) and the production process and its safety. 

The project will then enter a testing phase which will see prototype demonstrators on a 1/5 to 1/10 scale. 

H-ACERO will see its financing conducted within the framework of the HAZITEK aid programme for the support of Industrial Research Projects and co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The project follows on from Nippon Gases being awarded a gold medal for sustainability earlier this year, in addition to joining forces with Sarralle to lower emissions in the industrial manufacturing sector.