Mobile Fermentation Pilot Plant successful in operation

10 Februar 2023

In 2022 the pilot plant for biological treatment of blast furnace gases was installed at the steel production site of ArcelorMittal in Ghent and connected to the blast furnace gas piping.

The pilot plant enables the use of industrial CO2 emissions for bio manufacturing!

In the gas fermentation process microbes consume and convert CO2, avoiding its release into the atmosphere, while simultaneously making sustainable bio products. Heart of the installation are 2  CSTR bioreactors and 1 Trickle Bed bioreactor.

The pilot plant inauguration took place on June 15th 2022, see herewith a video impression including a peek inside the pilot plant: Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant on LinkedIn.

The operation of the system started soon afterwards and is a great success. The performed tests turned out that blast furnace gas can be treated under stable process conditions and without any pre-conditioning of the gases!

The next stop for the mobile unit is the VTT Bioruukki pilot centre in Finland.

Design and construction was realized by Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant and MTSA Technopower B.V. with support of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme in the framework of BIOCON-CO2 Project.

For inquiries regarding this project, please contact Jan ten Have, Technical director of MTSA and project manager of the design and realisation phase of the project.

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