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Environmental decarbonization and obtaining green energy

The way forward to be pioneers

Decarbonization of the steel industry with biowaste streams

A zero-emissions continent is one of the many goals set by the European Commission for a greener and more resilient Europe, and performed through policies and initiatives like the European Green Deal, the 2030 Climate Target Plan or the 2050 long-term strategy.

H2STEEL has the goal of creating a ground-breaking competitive solution for sustainable green hydrogen and bio coal production from circular biowaste streams. The project wants to contribute to the EU Green Hydrogen economy and to the decarbonization of the European steel sector, as its green transition is a priority.


A greener and more resilient Europe

H2STEEL project wants to present an innovative, disruptive solution to convert wet waste streams into green Hydrogen, Carbon and Critical Raw Materials. The disruptive hydrogen production via a biomethane catalytic cracking through a new biochar-based catalyst and reactor, is meant to open a new route for cost-competitive green H2 in Europe.

Innovation for green H2 production

Innovation for green H2 production The innovative solution developed by H2STEEL represents an unconventional step towards the application of carbon-based catalytic pyrolysis of biomethane, where the catalyst is cost-effective – as produced from wastes –, resistant to contaminants and temperature, and ready to be used in a downstream industry (industrial symbiosis). This can help saving the energy and cost for the regeneration step and avoiding the release of CO2 to the atmosphere, as it happens in the Steam Methane Reforming process or in most of the catalysts’ regeneration steps.

The cost-balanced environmental solution

The H2Steel project allows an excellent symbiosis between harm and benefit with a balanced result in favor of green energies, filling an empty and necessary space in decarbonization.

The objectives

Process objectives for the development and implementation of H2Steel


Objective one

Production, testing and validation of a carbon-based catalyst by pyrolysis of digestate and recovery of CRM


Objective two

Validation and parametric optimization
of the new catalytic biomethane
pyrolysis process in ad-hoc POC unit


Objective three

Testing and validation of C-enriched biochar as bio coal for steel sector

Objective four

Assessment of H2STEEL GHG savings & raw materials use and recovery

Objective five

Assessment of H2STEEL Economics & role on the life quality of EU and non-EU citizens

Objective six

H2STEEL impact assessment on SDGs

Objective seven

Placing H2STEEL in the context of EU Fit-For-55 package and global
sustainability targets

Objective eight

Facilitate H2STEEL concept acceptance for industrial stakeholders

Objective nine

Determination of the economic feasibility of a first H2STEEL case study

Objective ten

Map the EU regulations impacting on H2STEEL concept commercialization. Business case assessment