Microbes to turn steelmaking gases into bioethanol fuel

Two global steel firms have joined forces with a carbon recycling business to build the first commercial-scale plant in Europe turning steelmaking waste gases into bioethanol

Two global steel firms have joined forces with a carbon recycling business to build the first commercial-scale plant in Europe turning steelmaking waste gases into bioethanol.

The €87m (£62m) project developed by steelmaker ArcelorMittal, engineering firms Primetals Technologies and gas fermentation technology provider LanzaTech has secured €10.2m from the EU’s 2020 Horizon programme for research and development.

Microbes developed by LanzaTech will ferment gases from the steelmaking process into bioethanol. This will be blended with gas to create a fuel that produces 80% less greenhouse gas emissions than conventional fossil fuels.

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