Eramet unveils 2 pilot projects to reduce CO2 emissions

With two innovative pilot projects for the production of manganese alloys and titanium slag, the Eramet group continues its actions to reduce its CO2 emissions in Norway.
Eramet’s R&D teams have developed a unique biocarbon process that reduces the use of fossil coke in metallurgical production. The ultimate goal is to produce manganese alloys without CO2 emissions. Enova has just awarded a grant of approximately 6 million euros to the Group’s Norwegian subsidiary, Eramet Norway, and its three manganese alloy plants in Porsgrunn, Sauda and Kvinesdal, to validate this technology via a pilot project. Laboratory tests have been carried out to replace a significant portion of the carbon materials used in pyrometallurgical furnaces with pre-treated biocarbon. The next step is to carry out an industrial pilot to confirm the technical feasibility of this innovation.
For the transformation of titanium ores at the TTI (TiZir Titanium & Iron) plant in Tyssedal, the Group is seeking to replace coal with hydrogen and thus reduce the CO2 emissions of the production process. It is planned to demonstrate the suitability of hydrogen for titanium ore reduction through pilot tests in specialized facilities. Enova will support this hydrogen project, phase 1 & 2, with up to 26 million euros.

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