June 15 (Renewables Now) - Fluence Corp Ltd (ASX:FLC) on Thursday said it has won a EUR-3.9-million (USD 4.5m) contract from steel group ArcelorMittal SA (AMS:MT) to design and build a wastewater treatment and waste-to-energy system for ArcelorMittal's steel mill in Ghent, Belgium.
The system will feature anaerobic digestion technology that will produce biogas from off-gas fermentation byproducts. It is expected to be delivered, installed and brought into operation in 18 months. The biogas generated will be used to power the steel mill's operations, thus reducing operating costs.
Fluence said this will be its first wastewater and waste-to-energy system designed specifically for the steel industry, where byproducts are difficult to treat.
"We are excited that after several years of research and engineering, we are now progressing with the largest project of its kind within the ArcelorMittal group," said Carl De Mare, vice president of technology strategy at ArcelorMittal. "This is the first application of a viable new business case where re-use of carbon is possible at large scale. We will achieve significant carbon reduction and we hope that this will lead us to a lower carbon economy," De Mare added.
(EUR 1 = USD 1.159)