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Reducing the carbon footprint of energy

Abhijit Sanyal,
CMO Region South East, Heavy Plates and Energy,
ArcelorMittal Europe – Flat Products

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In line with our ambition to become a carbon neutral steelmaker by 2050, ArcelorMittal Europe is taking steps to develop new products and supply chain solutions for the energy sector. Our goal is to accelerate the development of solutions that enable customers to achieve their own carbon neutrality targets.

In the wind energy segment, ArcelorMittal Europe is engaged in reducing the carbon footprint of wind towers over their productive life. We are doing this by coupling our own technical and R&D expertise with that of our customers. We’re also developing advanced steel solutions which allow the weight of the tower to be reduced while providing improved yield strength and fatigue resistance properties. This allows tower manufacturers to create higher towers with larger turbines which maximise the energy generated.

Our R&D teams are also developing steels that require significantly less on-site maintenance than existing solutions. These include steels which resist saline water corrosion, high strength weathering steel, and steels which offer enhanced corrosion protection through metallic coatings. While some of these products are still in development, many are now undergoing field trials in offshore locations around the world.

In solar energy, ArcelorMittal’s Magnelis® coating is extending the life of structures which support photovoltaic (PV) installations. These structures must withstand a range of conditions while ensuring the viability of the installation over the long term with minimal maintenance. Steels coated with Magnelis® exhibit excellent corrosion resistance, at least three times better than traditional galvanised steel. Magnelis® also has a self-healing property which heals scratches and improves edge protection.

Stringer pipes which will be used to transport gas

ArcelorMittal’s electrical steels enable wind turbine generators to be highly power-dense as well as to operate at peak efficiency

With its excellent properties and wide range of feasibilities, Magnelis® is one of the most cost-effective alternatives to post-galvanised steels. By combining it with ArcelorMittal’s new S550GD Hyper® high strength steel, solar farm owners have additional opportunities to improve support structures while reducing their weight and cost.

The support structures of solar farms benefit from the anti-corrosion and abrasion resistance properties of Magnelis®

ArcelorMittal can offer integrated solutions for almost every part of a wind turbine

In the transmission pipelines segment, new metallurgical challenges are arising. ArcelorMittal is already focussed on the development of high-performance steels that will transport the next generation of energy gases including pressurised hydrogen, hydrogen-enriched methane, and carbon dioxide capture, storage, and utilisation grids. Transportation of these gases requires steels that can handle extremely corrosive environments and perform reliably over a very long service life.

ArcelorMittal’s offer for energy producers is already one of the most comprehensive in the world. With the new products and solutions we are developing, ArcelorMittal is ensuring that energy production will become even more sustainable.

Magnelis® is being used to create corrosion resistant structures for floating solar farms

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