Carbon2Chem: Cooperation Dedicates Millions to Convert Steel Mill Gases into Chemicals

Editor: Manja Wühr

Chemicals from the smokestack: The project Carbon2Chem shall develop an economic process that produces base chemicals from process gases from steel production. In this cooperation, 16 partners from research and industry work together.

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Johanna Wanka, German Minister of Education and Research, announced funding of more than 60 million euros for the Carbon2Chem.
Johanna Wanka, German Minister of Education and Research, announced funding of more than 60 million euros for the Carbon2Chem.
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Duisburg/Germany – Germany’s Minister of Education and Research has announced to fund Carbon2Chem with more than 60 million Euros. The aim of this unique project, intiated by steel and engineering behemoth Thyssen Krupp is to convert process gases from steel production - including the CO2 they contain - into base chemicals.

The greenhouse gas CO2 would then no longer be discharged into the atmosphere. The energy required for the conversion process is to come from renewable sources.

Industry and Science Cooperate

16 partners from the areas of basic and applied research and various sectors of industry are involved in the project. Thyssen Krupp and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion have carried out preparatory planning and scientific work.

"Carbon2Chem can be an important contribution to climate protection and the transition to renewables," said Dr. Heinrich Hiesinger, CEO of Thyssen Krupp.

A Decade of Devlopment Lies Ahead

At least ten years of development work will be needed before the process is ready for industrial-scale use. "We therefore need reliable political framework conditions. Without a balance between CO2 standards and maintaining competitiveness, Europe will lose out on innovation," added Hiesinger.

Carbon2Chem is characterized by broad-based, cross-industrial cooperation. It will create a new network of steel production, electricity generation and chemical production.

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