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Pilot-Scale Experimental Blast Furnace Installed at Kimitsu Works, with Demonstration Project to Begin Soon
-Aiming to Establish CO2 Emissions Reduction Technology along with Separation and Capture Technology-

March 23, 2016
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)

NEDO, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation, JFE Steel Corporation, Kobe Steel, Ltd., Nisshin Steel Co., Ltd., and Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering Co., Ltd created a pilot-scale experimental blast furnace (with a volume of 12m3) at Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation’s Kimitsu Works to develop technologies for reduce CO2 emissions from the blast furnace and separate and recover CO2 efficiently.

From FY2016, pilot-scale comprehensive tests will be conducted on the completed experimental blast furnace, with the aim of establishing technology to reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 30% 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)

photo; The completed experimental blast furnace
The completed experimental blast furnace

For more information, please contact:

(Regarding this News Release)
NEDO Environment Department
Contact Persons: Nishioka, Nakata, Zaima
Tel: +81-44-520-5293­