The INITIATE consortium counts 11 partners from 5 European countries.
It consists of major steel and chemical industrial players (Arcelor Mittal, SSAB, Stamicarbon, NextChem Tech S.P.A.), functional material suppliers (Johnson Matthey, Kisuma Chemicals), multidisciplinary research organisations (TNO, Swerim, Politecnico di Milano, Radboud University Nijmegen) and experienced promoters of Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU), circularity and industrial symbiosis topics (CO2 Value Europe).
You can find more information on them below.
ArcelorMittal Group is the world’s leading steel and mining company, with around 197,000 employees in more than 60 countries. ArcelorMittal is the leader in all major global steel markets, including automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging, with leading R&D and technology, as well as sizeable captive supplies of raw materials and outstanding distribution networks. Within the project, ArcelorMittal group will provide information on the industrial gas (composition, flows, etc.) and data providing of gas composition (blast furnace gas, converter gas, coke oven gas), integrating statistics of gaseous effluents from the steel mill.
CO2 Value Europe
CO2 Value Europe is the industry-driven association committed to develop CO2 Capture and
Utilisation (CCU) into a new industrial sector making a significant contribution to Europe’s low carbon economy. It is the only association entirely dedicated to the subject with a mission to promote the development and market deployment of sustainable industrial solutions that convert CO2 into valuable products, in order to contribute to the net reduction of global CO2 emissions and to the diversification of the feedstock base. Within the project, CO2 Value Europe will lead WP6 on communication and dissemination activities (including cooperation with other H2020 projects) and will oversee the risk management activities of INITIATE.
Johnson Matthey is a global leader in science that enables a cleaner and healthier world. With over 200 years of sustained commitment to innovation and technological breakthroughs, we improve the performance, function and safety of our customers’ products. Today more than 15,000 Johnson Matthey professionals collaborate with our network of customers and partners to make a real difference to the world around us. Within the INITIATE project, JM’s role will be to evaluate the suitability of functional catalytic and purification materials as well as support the demonstration of sustainable development and eco-innovation on a pilot plant scale. Together with the project partners, JM will work on the commercial implementation plan and devise business models and strategies.
Kisuma Chemicals, a subsidiary of Kyowa group Japan, is world’s largest producer of hydrotalcite-like products for acid scavengers and halogen-free flame retardants worldwide. Within the SeWGS-project, Kisuma Chemicals is responsible for the development, performance and stability of the sorbent.
NextChem Tech S.P.A.
NextChem Tech S.P.A., a MAIRE group company, provides Sustainable Technology Solutions to make energy transition happen. Thanks to the extensive know-how of fertilizers, hydrogen, carbon capture, fuels, chemicals and polymers, NextChem Tech S.P.A. creates innovative and sustainable processes from non-fossil feedstock. Within the project, NextChem Tech S.P.A. will be leading the WP2 focused on the design, engineering and construction of the pilot plant where the technology will be demonstrated. In particular, NextChem Tech S.P.A. will be involved in the design and construction of the syngas purification section and ammonia conversion loop. The company will be also involved in the techno-economic assessment and commercial implementation of the INITIATE technology.
Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI) is a public technical university established in 1863, nowadays organised in 12 departments and a network of 4 Schools of Engineering, Architecture and Industrial Design. INITIATE project will be supported by the Department of Energy whose research activities span a wide range of thermo-fluid-dynamic and chemical processes required to convert primary energy sources (including fossil, renewable and wastes) into useful forms of energy (electricity, heat, synthetic fuels) covering the three main sectors (heat&cooling, power and transportation). Within the project, POLIMI will be leading the WP5 (Multiscale modelling and analysis of Industrial Symbiosis) and will be responsible for the system modelling and techno-economic assessment of the entire INITIATE concept together with detailed modelling of the Ammonia loop.
Radboud University Nijmegen (RU)
The Radboud University Nijmegen (RU) was established in 1923 and is one of the leading academic communities in the Netherlands. Radboud University has eight faculties and enrols over 20.000 students in 60 study programmes. The Environmental Science (ES) group of the Faculty of Science, Mathematics and Computing Science was founded in 1991 and has around 40 researchers. The ES research team aims to understand and predict both the relative and cumulative impact of anthropogenic stressors on species including humans. We translate detailed mechanisms into overarching principles, applied in models for future projections, such as in the life cycle assessment (LCA) of new products and technologies, climate policy and energy transitions. Within the project, RU is in charge of task 5.5, addressing new methods to quantify environmental impacts of prospective technologies within INITIATE; and of task 5.6, determining the potential generation of environmental, economic and social shared benefits of shifting towards the INITIATE symbiotic system. ES also contributes to WP6 (Commercial Implementation Plan).
SSAB is a leading producer on the global market for Advanced High Strength Steels and Quenched & Tempered steels, standard strip, plate and tubular products, as well as construction solutions. SSAB employs approximately 17,300 people in 50 countries, and its steels contribute to lighter weight of the end-product and also increase the strength and life length of the product. Within the project, SAAB will provide access to industrial gases (blast furnace gas and basic oxygen furnace gas) from the steel mill in Luleå (SE), for the TRL7 demonstration activities at Swerim. Further evaluate the changes needed to steel plant gas networks to switch from electricity production to supply for chemical processing and CCUS activities.
Stamicarbon, the licensing and IP centre of Maire Tecnimont, is the global market leader in the development and licensing of fertilizer technology and the supply of services to its customers. Around the world, over 270 urea plants have used or recurrently using Stamicarbon’s (urea) fertilizer technology. The representative offices of Stamicarbon are in Beijing, China, Houston, USA and Moscow, Russia. Within INITIATE, Stamicarbon will lead the commercial implementation plan by starting the project development for an industrial plant. The WP6 package involves the execution of a feasibility study, including the pre-FEED, and will be based on a site to be selected by the consortium members with the intention to develop the project in the next phase. In addition, Stamicarbon will evaluate the possibility to commercialize the available technology worldwide to facilitate the development and improvement of sustainable steel and fertilizer production.
Swerim is a leading industrial research institute within mining engineering, process metallurgy, materials, manufacturing engineering and applications. Its strength is independent applied research for resource-efficient and sustainable industry, and it has solid knowledge and experience when it comes to applying research results in practical industrial applications. Swerim’s customers are mainly within the mining, steel and metal industries, but they also work closely with suppliers to these sectors. Within the project, Swerim is the operator of the site for the demonstration campaigns in Luleå, Sweden and has pivotal roles in both WP1 (demonstrator build) and WP3 (demonstration of operation industrial symbiosis).
TNO is the Dutch Organization for Applied Scientific Research and is The Netherlands’ largest knowledge organization, with approximately 5000 employees, servicing companies, government bodies and public organizations. Energy Transition is a business unit within the overall TNO organisation and is one of the leading institutes in Europe concerning applied energy research. It is aimed at contributing to a future sustainable energy system by performing research and technology development and bringing it to implementation. Within the project, TNO is the coordinator of the project (WP7 Project Coordination & Management), leads the demonstration campaign in Lulea, Sweden (WP3 Demonstration of industrial symbiosis) and performs modelling of AI driven process control in WP4 (Multiscale Modelling and Analysis of Industrial Symbiosis).