Russia's Rosatom to help decarbonise metals with hydrogen
Rusatom Overseas, a subsidiary of Russian nuclear power group Rosatom, signed a memorandum of understanding at last week's St Petersburg International Economic Forum with French tech firm Air Liquide and Russian mining and metallurgy group Metalloinvest on low-carbon hydrogen production.
The three companies will look at producing hydrogen energy for Metalloinvest's facilities in the Belgorod and Kursk regions, they said on June 4. They will consider the production of both yellow hydrogen, created from water using electrolysers powered by nuclear energy, and blue hydrogen, derived by steam reforming natural gas, with CO2 emissions from the process captured and stored.
Metalloinvest plans to eventually switch its metallurgical plants to run completely on hydrogen. The metals firm aims to reduce its CO2-equivalent emissions by 6% by 2025 and 77% within 15 years, the company said, without specifying which scopes of emissions it was referring to.