i3upgrade aims at the intelligent and integrated upgrade of carbon sources in steel industries through hydrogen intensified synthesis processes. In contrast to established synthesis processes, the project targets direct methanation and methanol synthesis of by-products in steel works under dynamic and transient conditions being operated by advanced control strategies. Agent-based modelling demonstrates the opportunities for reduction of CO2 emissions in steel works in the framework of emerging volatile markets. The final proof-of-concept of the new control strategies will be performed with real bottled steel mill gases as well as with a complex gas matrix from an existing gasifier.

Overall approach of i³upgrade: Comparison of schematic carbon flows inside an integrated steel works at the state-of-the-art (left) and the approach in i³upgrade (right) with carbon upgrade through hydrogen intensified synthesis


Representatives of all partners of i3uprade met for a project meeting at voestalpine's production site in Linz at 22nd - 23rd October 2018. During the meeting, the latest progress from the ongoing work packages was presented to all partners. The respective presentations were followed by lively conte...

The project i³upgrade was successfully launched by a kick-off meeting on the 7th - 8th June 2018 in Nuremberg. The meeting took place at the Chair of Energy Process Engineering (EVT) of the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg as the EVT is the coordinating organisation. On the first day...


Logos of the European Commission and the Research Fund for Coal & Steel This project has received funding from the Research Fund for Coal and Steel under grant agreement No. 800659.