CIC energiGUNE, the Basque research center of reference in battery storage, thermal energy solutions and hydrogen, and member of the Basque Research & Technology Alliance-BRTA, will coordinate the construction of an innovative plant of combined production of heat and electricity that will allow the iron and steel industry to reutilize the residual heat that is present in the fumes of the electric arc furnace. The initiative is framed within the project HI4S (Heat It yourself For Sustainability) that is led by the Basque center, and will be funded with 1.5 million euros by the European Union through its program LIFE, dedicated to the Environment.
“The possibility of building and installing a prototype at a real-scale in an iron and steel plant in full performance puts us in the best possible scenario for the approval of the project”, has manifested Iñigo Ortega, associate Engineer at CIC energiGUNE and Principal investigator of the project. “Moreover, we are convinced that not only are we going to be able to improve the energetic management of the iron and steel industry, but we will be able to help them in other fields, such as the valuation of a solid derivative like the black slag”, has added Daniel Bielsa, Technology Coordinator at CIC energiGUNE.
Coordinated by CIC energiGUNE, the HI4S consortium counts with the participation of six other partners: ArcelorMittal, Fivemasa, Enerbasque, Life Cycle Engineering-LCE, SDEA Solutions and Azterlan. Precisely, the facilities of ArcelorMittal in Sestao (Biscay) will accommodate the prototype of the recovery plant, with the objective of analyzing on-site the environmental benefits being pursued and studying its possibilities for replication in other industries of High-Energy Consumption.
In this sense, it needs to be highlighted that HI4S is the second solution of thermal storage and heat recovery in the industry implanted by CIC energiGUNE at a real-scale. The previous one finalized in 2019, within the framework of the REslag project –the first European project led by CIC energiGUNE in its history- and in which they also counted with the collaboration of ArcelorMittal. In this case, CIC energiGUNE developed a demonstrator prototype at a 1/10 scale that opened the door to the valuation of the slag of the steelworks.