Today we announce the start of the six-year research Hydra project. By 2025, it aims to create a pioneering 100% hydrogen-fuelled pilot plant capable of producing up to 7 tonnes of steel per hour, with a significant reduction in carbon emissions.
Funded by the European Commission NextGenerationEU and backed by the Italian Ministry of Enterprises and Made in Italy through our Centro Sviluppo Materiali in Castel Romano (Italy), the €88M Hydra initiative is part of the IPCEI and will involve a team of 120 people.
The open research Hydra project aims to reduce emissions to mere kilograms of CO2 per tonne of steel and will make this world-changing technology available to the industry on the way to net zero. Through a testing and qualification hub, it will also characterise the materials, equipment and infrastructure required by steel producers to transition to 100% hydrogen fuelled production 🏭 https://lnkd.in/d6W-k6wC
An open research facility to decarbonize the steel industry
Hydra is an open research and innovation project led by RINA to decarbonize the steel making process through hydrogen-based technologies, authorised by the European Commission and backed by the Italian Ministry of Enterprises and Made in Italy. Funded through an €88M European Commission NextGenerationEU investment, the six-year Hydra initiative is part of the IPCEI (Important Projects of Common European Interest) programme.
Located at RINA’s Centro Sviluppo Materiali (CSM) in Castel Romano, Hydra will involve the design and construction of a pilot plant that will utilise hydrogen in every stage of the steel production cycle. The structure, scheduled for completion by 2025, will include a DRI (Direct Reduction Iron) tower using hydrogen as a reducing agent and an electric furnace. Once fully operational, the pilot plant will produce up to seven tonnes of steel per hour for research, with a significant reduction in carbon emissions.