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CRE and Liberty Steel launch a consortium to integrate hydrogen into steel production

23 July 2021

A consortium of CRE, Liberty Steel, MTAG, ICSI and ADREM will develop research-innovation projects to integrate hydrogen and replace fossil fuels in industrial processes. The association also intends to carry out research projects for business development activities related to green hydrogen, green steel, renewable energy sources and energy storage amongst others. The projects will be proposed for direct funding by the European Commission through the Horizon Europe program.

The agreement will promote, facilitate and consolidate international cooperation in research, innovation and business development of novel energy production technology and fuels. “New technologies, alternative fuels and their industrial applications create the premises for a truly sustainable future. It is the responsibility of each of us to carry out our activity without exhausting the available resources and without irreparably impacting the environment, thus being able to satisfy the needs of the next generations. I am honored to contribute to this research-development-innovation project”, said Corneliu Bodea, President of the Romanian Energy Center (CRE) and CEO of Adrem, said. At the memorandum signing ceremony, Sanjeev Gupta, Executive Chairman of GFG Alliance and LIBERTY Steel Group, said: “We need to reinvent and decarbonize steel production fast, as the need to cut our emissions gets ever more pressing against a backdrop of rising global demand for our products and legislative pressure to become carbon neutral. Green Hydrogen and Hydrogen steel making have the potential to solve this issue”.

At turn, Mihai Varlam, President of the Board of ICSI Rm. Vâlcea welcomed the initiative “to implement new emergent technologies at a larger scale” and committed ICSI “to support with its knowledge any project which is intended to decarbonize the heavy industry in Romania”.

Romanian Energy Center (CRE) works as a non-governmental, non-profit and non-political organization that identifies, supports and equally represents the interests of its members. The main objective of CRE is to promote the active participation of Romanian state-owned and private energy companies in European partnerships, in European co-financed projects and, more importantly, in the European decision-making process.

LIBERTY Steel Group is a global steel and mining business with a rolling capacity of over 20 million tonnes per annum (mtpa), a liquid steel capacity of over 14mtpa and has around 30,000 employees and contractors based in more than 200 locations worldwide. LIBERTY is now the 8th largest steel manufacturer globally (excluding China). LIBERTY is part of GFG Alliance, a collection of global businesses and investments focused on the metals and renewable energy sectors owned by Sanjeev Gupta and his immediate family. GFG Alliance is a leader in a sustainable industry with a mission to become Carbon Neutral by 2030.

MTAG Switzerland is an international engineering corporation specialized in the development of innovative, efficient and modernized solutions for the Steel Industry. Its experience enables it to provide its customers with innovative technological solutions and products. It became a leader in secondary metallurgy technology solutions by supporting the production of high-quality steel for almost 30 years.

The Romanian National Research and Development Institute for Cryogenic and Isotopic Technologies (ICSI Rm. Vâlcea) is a scientific research and technological development unit under the coordination of the Ministry of Research and Innovation. ICSI’s vision is to become an international R&D center and a regional leader known for the development and promotion of clean and efficient technologies in the use of isotopes for (i) achieving the objectives of the country’s new energy strategy, and (ii) improving the quality of the environment, life and food security.

Adrem represents three Romanian companies specialized in the energy sector, oriented towards innovation, energy efficiency and sustainable services: Adrem Engineering, Adrem Invest and Adrem Link. Together, Adrem companies offer a wide range of products, services and solutions in the energy field, such as: comprehensive solutions for energy infrastructure, from complex EPC works and equipment developed within the company (Adrem Engineering); to services such as smart metering, management of measurement groups, maintenance of electrical infrastructure and operation of energy distribution networks (Adrem Invest); and meter reading activities, energy efficiency solutions, visibility and information, operational optimization, automation and control and smart home products (Adrem Link).

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