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Press Release

NEDO Confirms Effectiveness of CO2 Reduction Technologies in an Experimental Blast Furnace

-Making progress towards a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions in steelmaking process-
March  24,2017
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)

NEDO, in cooperation with Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation, JFE Steel Corporation, Kobe Steel, Ltd., Nisshin Steel Co., Ltd., and Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering Co., Ltd., recently conducted two comprehensive tests of a newly constructed pilot-scale experimental blast furnace (volume: 12m3) and confirmed the effectiveness of CO2 reduction technologies at this facility. These technologies enabled significant improvements in the steelmaking process by achieving a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions.

In FY 2017, NEDO will continue to conduct test operations to confirm performances by the pilot-scale experimental blast furnace in order to establish the technology to reduce CO2 emissions in the steelmaking process by around 2030 and targetting commercialization and widespread use of the technology around 2050.

(Prerequisites for practical mechanization: (1) established CO2 storage technology, and (2) established economic viability)

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    Figure. The appearance of the experimental blast furnace while conducting test operations (on the premises of Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation Kimitsu Works) and the operational tests in progress

For more information, please contact:

NEDO Environment Department
Contact Persons: Nishioka, Zaima Tel: +81-44-520-5293­