ANDRITZ carbon capture plant is now operating successfully at voestalpine

18 August 2023

A plant has been established to extract carbon dioxide (CO2) from the flue gases produced during iron making. The plant utilizes an amine-based process developed by ANDRITZ. The captured CO2 is stored in industrial gas containers and provided to an Austrian energy storage company. This entity is researching innovative ways to reuse the CO2 in steel production, promoting sustainable carbon circularity and decreasing reliance on fossil fuels.

The project was initiated by the K1-MET metallurgical competence center, an influential research organization collaborating with partners like voestalpine to address energy efficiency, circular economy, and climate-neutral metal production. The establishment of this plant aids in gaining practical experience, exploring new absorption methods, and optimizing the carbon capture process.

Michael Derntl from K1-MET emphasized the significance of successfully piloting the carbon capture plant to pave the way for its potential implementation on an industrial scale within the steel industry.

ANDRITZ's carbon capture technology aids companies in their efforts to decarbonize operations and facilitates the storage or further utilization of CO2. Joachim Schönbeck, CEO of ANDRITZ, highlights the crucial role of carbon capture in substantially reducing CO2 emissions during the transitional phase, especially considering that renewable energy and green hydrogen might not be immediately sufficient to achieve medium-term climate targets.