North America’s largest flat-rolled steelmaker Cleveland-Cliffs has announced the successful completion of a hydrogen injection trial at its Indiana Harbour (IH#7) blast furnace.

As the ‘largest’ blast furnace in North America, the project will be the second Cleveland-Cliff blast furnace to utilise hydrogen as a reductant and fuel source, following its successful trial at Middletown Works last year.

Linde supplied the hydrogen gas to the project, having recently completed the commissioning of the hydrogen pipeline at Indiana Harbour, which was used for the trial.

''As the American iron and steel leader we are proud that we are ahead of the rest of the world in using the technologies that make our blast furnace steel the cleanest in the world, including using iron ore pellets, natural gas injection, HBI, and now hydrogen.”

Lourenco Goncalves, Cleveland-Cliffs’ chairman, president, and CEO

Lourenco Goncalves, Cleveland-Cliffs’ chairman, president, and CEO, said, “IH#7 is the largest blast furnace in North America and we are proud of our ability to be ahead of the curve in using this cutting-edge technology to decarbonize, while maintaining both our efficiency and the high standard of quality that comes with steel produced via the blast furnace route. As the American iron and steel leader we are proud that we are ahead of the rest of the world in using the technologies that make our blast furnace steel the cleanest in the world, including using iron ore pellets, natural gas injection, HBI, and now hydrogen.”

Source: H2 View