Belgium: $ 4.5 Million Contract Fluence Realizes Large-Scale Wastewater-to-Energy Project for Steel Giant
Fluence has received a $ 4.5 million contract for a wastewater treatment and waste-to-energy system for its customer Arcelor Mittal in Belgium.
Melbourne/Australia; New York/USA — The company will design and build these systems for the customers' steel mill in Ghent, Belgium, using anaerobic digestion technology to produce biogas from off-gas fermentation byproducts. The system is expected to be delivered, installed and operational onsite within 18 months. Arcelor Mittal is the world’s largest crude steel producer, accounting for 90 million tons of steel per year.
This will be Fluence’s first wastewater and waste-to-energy system designed specifically for use in the steel industry. Steel mill byproducts are notoriously difficult to treat to a grade that meets government effluent requirements. The supplier was able to achieve the client’s desired effluent using advanced anaerobic digestion technology. By adding waste-to-energy treatment to the system, the biogas produced will be used to power the steel mill’s operations, which will in turn lower the overall operating costs.
Fluence’s Managing Director and CEO, Henry Charrabé, hopes that this milestone project will be the beginning of introducing their capabilities for similar steel mill applications around the world. Carl De Maré, Vice President of Technology Strategy at Arcelor Mittal, added that after several years of research and engineering, the company was now progressing with the largest project of its kind within the group. This was the first application of a viable new business case where re-use of carbon is possible at large scale.