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GREEN
ENERGY

Steel production is going electric? No. The answer is yes: steel and metals will be produced with renewable energy in the future. We present how the industry is implementing the energy transition in concrete terms.

GREEN
METALS

Produce clean, act circular, transform to Green. Be inspired by sustainable best-in-class solutions along the metallurgical value chain.

GREEN
STEEL

The road to green steel is still long. The pioneers of the industry show their decarbonization plans. From thyssenkrupp to Salzgitter and ArcelorMittal, to Swiss Steel, SMS group, Primetals and TENOVA LOI Thermprocess.

GREEN
TRANSFORMATION

Reduce, reuse, recycle! The switch to renewable energies is also the entry into the Circular Economy. But this can only be achieved with a radically new approach to value creation.

GREEN
AUTOMATION

Digitalization is the booster of decarbonization. We demonstrate how digitization can best be used as an enabler for the green transformation.

HYDROGEN

All you need is hydrogen! Leading gas experts explain in which stages H2 as a green gas via direct reduction will lead the industry to complete decarbonization.

Opening Remarks

Mona Neubaur

Mona Neubaur

Minister Minister of Economic Affairs, Industry, Climate Action of North Rhine-Westphalia

Keynote Speakers

Hans Jürgen Kerkhoff

Hans Jürgen Kerkhoff

President and Managing Director of Wirtschaftsvereinigung Stahl

Dr. Gunther Kegel

Dr. Gunther Kegel

President of ZVEI & Vice-President of BDI

Dr. Timm Kehler

Dr. Timm Kehler

Managing Director of Zukunft Gas

Schedule

9:00 am Reception
9:20 am Welcome from Vulkan Verlag, VDEH and Messe Düsseldorf
9:30 am Official Welcome from Mona Neubaur, Minister of Economic Affairs, Industry, Climate Action and Energy of North Rhine-Westphalia
9:45 am Kick-Off: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, N.N. (requested)
10:00 am Keynote: Hans Jürgen Kerkhoff, President and Managing Director of Wirtschaftsvereinigung Stahl
Title: A Carbon-Neutral Steel Industry – Political Strategies for the Future
10:20 am Keynote: Dr. Gunther Kegel, President of ZVEI & Vice-President of BDI
Title: The “All-Electric-Society"
10:40 am Keynote: Dr. Timm Kehler, Managing Director of Zukunft Gas
Title: Transition Now: How to Unleash Hydrogen for the Industrial Sector

 

 

Green Steel

Green Gas

Green Economy

Green Steel

11:15 - 11:40 am
Dr. Frank Ahrenhold

Title Requested

More Information Soon

11:40 am - 12:05 pm
Jürgen Fries

The Transformation towards Carbon-Neutral Steel Production

More Information Soon

12:05 - 12:30 pm
Martin Zappe

SALCOS® - Transformations during Running Operations at Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH - Risks and Opportunities

One thing is certain: steel production plays an important role in the German economy and we should do anything to lead this industry into a green future. In his presentation, Martin Zappe (Program Manager at SALCOS®) will shed light on the opportunities and challenges of transforming the steel industry. He reports on core aspects of the new "Salzgitter AG 2030" strategy as well as on SALCOS®, Salzgitter AG's innovative "frontrunner" program working towards low CO2-emissions in steel production at the steelworks of Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH. 

12:30 - 1:30 pm: Lunch Break

1:30 - 1:55 pm
Tim Kleier

Technology and Processes for Decarbonizing the Steel Industry

The steel industry is undergoing a fundamental reorientation to face the challenges of climate change. The SMS group offers a wide range of technologies, processes and know-how for all stages of this journey: Be it the planning and implementation of a step-by-step transition from a carbon-based route to a next-to-zero emissions plan or developing completely new plants using the most sustainable technologies throughout the entire value chain.

1:55 - 2:20 pm
Dr.-Ing. Markus Dorndorf

Hydrogen-based Technologies and Processes for Decarbonizing the Steel Industry

Direct reduction technology is central to the transformation of the steel industry, replacing coal and coke with natural gas or hydrogen. This, in combination with electric melters, makes it possible to produce steel in a virtually climate-neutral way. The ENERGIRON process, a direct reduction technology jointly developed by Tenova and Danieli, represents the state of the art in direct reduction processes. It is the only direct reduction process that allows the flexible use of reduction gases and charge materials as well as 100% utilization of hydrogen and the commercialization of by-products such as CO2. In combination with hydrogen-based burner technologies as well as hybrid solutions for heat treatment, a complete decarbonization of the entire process chain is thus feasible with plant technology already available today. 

2:20 - 2:45 pm
Dipl.-Ing. Christian Böhm

Iron Ore for Direct Reduction – MIDREX, FINORED, HYFOR

Each direct reduction process requires unique iron ore qualities. In these processes, the grain size plays a major role due to different process technologies used. Other important properties are mineralogical structure and chemical analysis. The latter characteristic is less important for direct reduction, but rather for the subsequent processing of the DRI produced.

2:45 - 3:10 pm
Stefan Berger

Title Requested

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3:00 - 3:30 pm: Coffee Break

3:30 - 4:00 pm
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Krüger

Electric Arc Furnaces as a Central Element of Transformation

This talk focuses on the performance and state of the art of electric arc furnaces using three-phase current and direct current. Challenges involved in switching to the elcetric steel route will also be discussed. An outlook on the two alternative concepts of reduction furnaces and electric arc furnaces will be provided.

4:00 - 4:30 pm
Till Schreiter

Induction and Digitalization – A Strong Alliance Fostering Competitive Carbon-Neutral Melting Operations in the Steel Mill

The presentation discusses today's challenges for small and medium-sized steel mills towards carbon-neutral production. Further, it shows how smaller steel mills can use digitalization to their advantage.

4:30 - 5:00 Uhr
Prof. Ulrich Krupp

Circular Steel – Application Challenges for Carbon-Neutral Steel

Steel is an excellent recyclable material and steel scrap is already a sought-after raw material starting on its way to new high-performance products in electric arc furnaces. As for the global expansion of infrastructure, mobility and the energy industry far more steel is needed than is available in scrap, around 70% of the approximately 2 billion tons of steel produced worldwide each year is now produced by primary smelting of iron ore. To meet climate targets, the CO2-intensive blast furnace route must be replaced by direct reduction processes. The porous sponge iron (DRI) produced is processed into the corresponding steel grades in the electric arc furnace. There are considerable challenges here, particularly with regard to slag metallurgy and the associated degree of purity. This is all the more true if a variable amount of scrap containing impurities is added. For example, copper or tin can hardly be removed from the melt, and there is a risk of impurities accumulating as the recycled content increases. To ensure that future steels meet the increasing requirements for strength, toughness, durability and carbon emissions, the chemical compositions and production processes must be reconsidered. Against the background of a circular steel economy, this article discusses important steps in the value chain, from the development of contamination-tolerant steels and resource-efficient heat treatment processes to concepts for service life extension, e.g. through re-use or re-manufacturing.

Green Gas

11:15 - 11:40 am
Samir Khayat

Hydrogen in the Eyes of Landesgesellschaft für Energie und Klimaschutz

As an initiative of the North Rhine-Westphalia state government, IN4climate.NRW is North Rhine-Westphalia's hub for carbon-neutrality in the industrial sector. The think tank brings together industry, science and politics to drive forward the transformation toward carbon-neutrality of energy-intensive industries. More than 40 partner companies are currently involved in various working groups for the central topics of transformation. Managing Director Samir Khayat introduces NRW.Energy4Climate and presents the work of the IN4climate.NRW think tank. He further elaborates on role the transformation of the steel and metal industry plays for the state organization. He also provides insights into the state's transformation strategies and the new findings of the accompanying science project SCI4climate.NRW.

11:40 am - 12:05 pm
Dipl.-Ing. Gert Müller-Syring

Competence Network of the German Gas Industry - The Current Status of Infrastructure Transformation

The talk will cover:

  • options for importing hydrogen
  • routes of transformation and scenarios in the gas infrastructure
  • hydrogen database DVGW

12:05 - 12:30 pm
Gerrit Riemer

Routes, Obstacles and Opportunities for Future Green Steel Production

The talk will start with a short presentation by the HySteel Commission and introduce the different technology paths of green steelmaking. The current regulatory barriers to the transformation of the steel industry will be described and the opportunities that would arise from the rapid introduction of climate-friendly steelmaking technologies will be presented. Furthermore, there will be a brief overview of the impact the war in Ukraine has on steel producers.

12:30 - 1:30 pm: Lunch Break

1:30 - 2:00 pm
Dr. Michael Neupert

Pitfalls in Ramping-up a Hydrogen-Based Economy - Is the H2 Supply to Industry Legal?

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2:00 - 2:30 pm
Norbert Heidelmann

Carbon Footprint and CO2-Certification

More Information Soon

2:30 - 3:00 pm
Markus Exenberger

Market Incentives for Ramping-up a Hydrogen-Based Economy in the EU

More Information Soon

3:00 - 3:30 pm: Coffee Break

3:30 - 4:00 pm
Prof. Dr. Mario Ragwitz

TransHyDE - System Analysis of Transport Solutions for Green Hydrogen

The TransHyDE network system analysis examines the various means of transporting hydrogen with regard to efficiency, feasibility, necessary requirements and economic viability. The network's main goal is to create a roadmap bundling the generation potentials and requirements and presenting possible expansions for a hydrogen infrastructure up until 2045.

4:00 - 4:30 pm
Claus Meyer

The European & National H2 Backbone for Implementing Decarbonization Targets

Reconstructing the existing gas grid infrastructure is of great importance in the context of decarbonization goals. The talk presents the plans for the future European and German hydrogen network - largely based on the natural gas transmission network. Conversion plans, network sizes and costs as well as the industrial regions planned to be connected will be considered.

Green Economy

11:15 - 11:40 am
Dr. Claas Oehlmann

Circular Economy as a Model of Added Value for Climate Protection and Securing Raw Materials

Raw materials are the foundation of industrial creation of value. This became evident when recently, as a result of the pandemic and war in Europe, global supply chains were disrupted and a shortage in the supply of raw materials led to a significant rise in prices. Global competition for resources is expected to further increase. At the same time, it is challanging to shape our economy to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate protection and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations' 2030 Agenda . How can we optimistically and strategically meet these challenges?

11:40 am - 12:05 pm
Stephan Flapper

The Future of Steel is Green

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12:05 - 12:30 pm
Bernd Fleschenberg

TSR40 – State of the Art in Recycling Metals

TSR40 sets a new standard in steel recycling. Defined recycling raw material with low content of by-elements is produced from inhomogeneous scrap. This taps into new potential for reducing the corresponding CO2 emissions in the production of many steel grades, e.g. in the flat steel sector.

12:30 - 1:30 pm: Lunch Break

1:30 - 2:00 pm
Dr. Klaus Harste

The Next Level of Recycling

More Information Soon

2:00 - 2:30 pm
Prof. Dr. Dieter Wegener

The Atom for Green Transformation: The Digital Product Passport as a Carrier Medium for the Digital Carbon Footprint

The goal of the EU Commission's ecodesign proposal is to make sustainable products the norm at the EU market. The Digital Product Passport (DPP) is at the heart of this endeavor. In the future, it will allow products to be traced along their life cycle and labeled in terms of their environmental footprint. End result of these measures is a product that is both suitable for industrial use and sustainable.

2:30 - 3:00 pm
Wolfgang Linden

The Path to Green Energy Supply through DC ECO GRID by SMS group

The expansion of renewable energies requires a more flexible power supply system. The necessity of a constant balance of supply and demand for a secure power supply means that electricity storage systems are being used to a greater extent as the share of wind and solar energy increases. With the DC ECO GRID by SMS group, parts of a metallurgical plant can be connected to an economical power grid. The DC ECO GRID connects them to hybrid power grids (AC and DC), thus improving the energy efficiency of the plant. It functions as a link between a more environmentally friendly metal industry and new, green energy supply systems.

3:00 - 3:30 pm: Coffee Break

3:30 - 4:00 Uhr
Speaker Requested

Green Steel Requirements of the Automobile Industry

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4:00 - 4:20 pm
Dr. Joachim G. Wünning

Emission-Free Heating in High-Temperature Processes

Today, high-temperature processes are mainly heated with natural gas. In combination with heat recovery through combustion air preheating, losses of exhaust gas can be significantly reduced. Both energy costs and CO2 emissions in Germany are significantly below an alternative electric resistance heating system. However, fossil natural gas is not an option for future energy supply. In addition to a small proportion of fuels of biogenic origin, the vast majority of regenerative energy will be provided as electrical energy in the future. The electricity generated in this way can either be used directly in load-flexible plants or stored to compensate for the differences between fluctuating generation and inflexible electricity demand, e.g. from plants in continuous operation. It is also expected that a considerable amount of energy will have to be imported to Germany in the future. Hydrogen or derivatives can be imported from regions where renewable electricity can be generated at low cost. This chemically stored electrical energy should then preferably be used directly, i.e. as a material or energy source, and only a small proportion should be converted back into electricity. 

4:20 - 4:40 pm
Sergej Belik

Novel 1000 °C Induction Heater for Carbon Neutral Industrial Processes

The technological transformation of energy-intensive industrial processes towards a low CO2 heat supply and use is accelerated by the steadily increasing natural gas prices. One power-to-heat solution for substituting industrial processes fired by natural gas is the induction heater. Due to its high power density and the use of ceramic materials, this technology provides the basis for achieving high process temperatures of up to 1200°C at low cost.

4:40 - 5:00 pm Start-Up-Corner

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5:00 pm Summary and Panel-Diskussion
5:45 pm Dinner Speech
6:00 pm Get-Together and Steel-House Party
9:00 pm End of Conference

 

The Speakers

Martin Zappe

Martin Zappe

Program Manager at SALCOS, Salzgitter AG

Dr. Markus Dorndorf

Dr. Markus Dorndorf

Vice President Iron & Steelmaking at Tenova LOI Thermprocess GmbH

Jürgen Fries

Jürgen Fries

CO2 Policy Manager at ArcelorMittal Bremen

Tim Kleier

Tim Kleier

Head of Green Steel at SMS group

Dr. Frank Ahrenhold

Dr. Frank Ahrenhold

Head of Sustainable Steel Production at thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG

Stefan Berger

Stefan Berger

Managing Director at Danieli Germany

Dr.-Ing. Klaus Krüger

Dr.-Ing. Klaus Krüger

Head of Corporate Development at Max Aicher

Dr. Klaus Harste

Dr. Klaus Harste

Vice President Corporate Technology at Swiss Steel Group

Prof. Dr. Dieter Wegener

Prof. Dr. Dieter Wegener

Spokesperson of ZVEI-Führungskreis Industrie 4.0; Head of Technology Sector Industry at Siemens

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Krupp

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Krupp

Head of Institute LS Werkstofftechnik der Metalle at RWTH Aachen

Dipl.-Ing. Gert Müller-Syring

Dipl.-Ing. Gert Müller-Syring

Managing Director Engineering/Consulting; Spokesperson of DBI Group

Dr.-Ing. Joachim G. Wünning

Dr.-Ing. Joachim G. Wünning

Managing Director at WS Wärmeprozesstechik GmbH

Bernd Fleschenberg

Bernd Fleschenberg

Managing Director at TSR Recycling GmbH & Co. KGv

Till Schreiter

Till Schreiter

CEO of ABP Induction

Prof. Dr. Mario Ragwitz

Prof. Dr. Mario Ragwitz

Head of Institute at Fraunhofer-Einrichtung für Energieinfrastrukturen und Geothermie

Stephan Flapper

Stephan Flapper

Commercial Development at H2 Green Steel

Dr. Michael Neupert

Dr. Michael Neupert

Lawyer at Kümmerlein Rechtsanwälte & Notare

Dr. Claas Oehlmann

Dr. Claas Oehlmann

Managing Director of BDI Initiative Circular Economy GmbH

Wolfgang Linden

Wolfgang Linden

Manager DC ECO GRID at SMS group

Sergej Belik

Sergej Belik

German Aerospace Center

Claus Meyer

Claus Meyer

Head of Technological Business Development at Open Grid Europe GmbH

Samir Khayat

Samir Khayat

Managing Director at energy4climate

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