CMS, a UK-based maintenance provider, is installing hydrogen pipeline systems at the Materials Processing Institute, in the initial phase of a project exploring the capabilities of green steelmaking.
Commercial Maintenance Services UK Ltd (CMS) is installing the infrastructure as part of the development of a proposed permanent national pilot distribution and production facility at the Materials Processing Institute’s Teesside campus, which aims to explore the potential of green steelmaking.
CMS was engaged to undertake the design, manufacture and installation of the £270,000 pipework.
Hydrogen will be used to fuel three phases of the steel-making process: converting iron ores into metal (which is then melted electrically to make molten steel), pre-heating a seven-tonne capacity ladle ready to receive the molten steel, and later on providing the intense high-temperature flames needed to reheat slabs of metal before forming them into finished products.
According to a company release, the specially hardened pipework is designed to cope with the high pressures associated with hydrogen.
The initial stage of the project, codenamed H2DRI, will focus on how production can be scaled up and will build practical and scientific understanding on how best to deliver economically and environmentally sustainable green steelmaking.
Part of the government’s Net Zero Innovation Portfolio Industrial Fuel Switching Competition that funds low carbon technologies and systems, the project is led by the Institute in partnership with C-Tech Innovation, Teesside University, the Steel and Metals Institute at Swansea University, and global metals and mining company Rio Tinto.
''This is one of the most far-reaching projects to date, given it has the potential to transform the steel industry and cut harmful emissions.”Nigel Riley, senior project manager at CMS
Nigel Riley, senior project manager at CMS, said: “We are proud to be supporting the Institute on such an important initiative. Our engineers are highly experienced at working across a range of sectors, including industrial, defence, commercial, and public sector, but this is one of the most far-reaching projects to date, given it has the potential to transform the steel industry and cut harmful emissions.”
“It’s exciting to see work progressing on the H2DRI project and in creating a pilot production facility that will be pivotal into proving hydrogen is the answer to decarbonising steel production on an industrial scale.''Chris McDonald, chief executive of the Materials Processing Institute
Chris McDonald, chief executive of the Materials Processing Institute, added: “It’s exciting to see work progressing on the H2DRI project and in creating a pilot production facility that will be pivotal into proving hydrogen is the answer to decarbonizing steel production on an industrial scale. Our new hydrogen infrastructure also opens the door to all sorts of other innovation scale-ups on Teesside.”
Source: PBC Today