Italy’s first bid to use renewable hydrogen in steelmaking will be launched by a consortium including a unit of EDF and metals group Tenaris, as moves to enable so-called ‘green steel’ production gather pace. EDF-owned Italian utility Edison, Tenaris and energy infrastructure specialist Snam signed a letter of intent to deploy a 20MW hydrogen electrolyser at a pilot project at Tenaris’s steel pipe facility at Dalmine. Replacing natural gas at with hydrogen would “significantly reduce CO2 emissions related to electric arc furnace steel” said the partners, as they agreed to plan what is said to be Italy’s first foray into green H2 for steelmaking. No details were given about the source of the renewable power for the electrolyser, but Edison’s fleet includes almost 1GW of wind power and 87MW of solar capacity in Italy.
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