Mr Johan van Boggelen graduated from Delft University of Technology (NL) with an MSc in Materials Science. He joined at the Teesside Technology Centre (UK) research laboratories of Tata Steel and its predecessors, first as a researcher, later as Knowledge Group Leader. Started at HIsarna as a shift manager for the first four test campaigns and became Operations Manager for the 5th test campaign. With the transition of HIsarna from R&D facility to pilot production facility, he took on the role of Technology Manger for the HIsarna pilot plant.
Abstract: HIsarna is a new ironmaking process which is being developed at Tata Steel. It is a smelting reduction process where granular iron ore and granular coal are directly injected into the process, without the need to agglomerate the ores or coke the coal. This process intensification alone results in a specific CO2 emission reduction of 20%. Further CO2 emission reductions without carbon capture technology are possible with this process by charging scrap as part of the metallic charge and replacing part of the coal with sustainable biomass. A project to demonstrate the feasibility of this further CO2 emission reduction was granted as part of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme. It was one of the Sustainable Industry Low Carbon II (SILC II) projects, where a CO2 emission reduction of at least 35% without carbon capture had to be demonstrated. This paper describes the operational aspects of the HIsarna pilot plant and summarises the results achieved so far.