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Innovative hydrogen projects in the metal sector in NRW

©thyssenkrupp Steel Europe

©thyssenkrupp Steel Europe

Thyssenkrupp Steel plans to build a hydrogen hub on the site of its former heavy plate mill. A "Hydrogen Business Park H2" is to be created in the north of Duisburg. According to the plans, this will include a "Hydrogen Campus H2" to drive research and development in this field. Other core elements could include the production and storage of green hydrogen.

Brockhaus, a medium-sized family business based in Plettenberg, is about to start producing green hydrogen. It is supported by the Dortmund startup WEW and the long-established company Munk from Hamm. Together they have developed a production plant, an electrolyzer called Brockhaus BlueCube with a capacity of three megawatts. The green hydrogen produced will be used, among other things, to refine Brockhaus steel.

Ipsen International has unveiled an industrial hydrogen furnace for metal processing. The hybrid furnace, called Atlas Green, which can be operated using both hydrogen and solar energy, was developed internally by the Kleve-based company and is a world first, according to the company. Industrial furnaces, such as those used in the automotive industry, previously required fossil fuels; with green hydrogen, their operation could become climate-friendly.