Thyssenkrupp has opened a research group in the city of Oberhausen with the aim of transforming off-gasses created in steel production into methanol, which can be used as fuel. Essentially the idea is to recycle potentially harmful CO2 emissions into something useful.
The project is called Carbon2Chem. On some 500 square meters of space and in 30 offices at the Oberhausen Fraunhofer Institute, researchers are experimenting with how to purify the gases, which contain hydrogen, nitrogen and carbon monoxide. Researchers hope that their work will help prevent millions of tons of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere every year.
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research is devoting €63 million to fund the project.