Creating value from waste in the steel industry: BFI is part of the new EU project ZHyRon

The aim of the EU-funded ZHyRON project is to develop a new process for recycling by-products from steel production based on green hydrogen. The aim is to develop a new method for utilising by-products containing iron and zinc in order to improve the sustainability of the steel industry. The problem with existing processes is that they are associated with high CO2 emissions.
As part of the project, the BFI is developing solutions for recovering the zinc and reusing the process water.

A consortium of nine partners from six European countries are working together on the project: Fundación CIRCE – Centro de Investigación de Recursos y Consumos Energéticos (Spain) as coordinator, ArcelorMittal Innovación Investigación e Inversión (Spain); ArcelorMittal Maizieres Research S. A. (France); Centre de Recherches Métallurgiques asbl (Belgium); Green Iron H2 ab (Sweden); BFI – VDEh-Betriebsforschungsinstitut Gmbh (Germany); Hydrometal S.A. (Belgium); Jean Goldschmidt International (Belgium) and Fondazione ICONS (Italy).

Project start was 23 January 2024.