Supporting European R&I Through stakeholder collaboration and institutional reform
Podpora evropskim raziskavam in inovacijam s sodelovanjem zainteresiranih strani in institucionalno reformo

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from 01.02.2024 to 31.07.2027

The INITIATE project, funded by the Horizon 2020 EU program, will advance the implementation of circular economy, industrial symbiosis and carbon capture and utilisation technologies (CCU) by re-using residual steel gases as a resource for the cross-sectorial, more efficient and less wasteful manufacture of urea, at a significantly reduced carbon footprint.

Based on the prior experience of the STEPWISE and FRESME projects, INITIATE will achieve a positive business case while proving reductions in: -30% Primary energy intensity   -95% Carbon footprint -45% Primary raw material intensity -90% Waste generation

In an operational environment, INITIATE will show how residual carbon-rich gas from the steel sector becomes a valuable feedstock for the chemical sector. At the same time, the cost of carbon capture is sustained, leading to a cost-efficient decarbonisation strategy.

The TRL7 demonstration will combine the continuous production of N2+H2 and CO2 streams, with the innovative ammonia production as a precursor for urea.

The project will also conduct a macro-economic analysis and Life Cycle Analysis to confirm the economic viability and the sustainability of the INITIATE process.

Driven by the industrial partners, INITIATE will develop a commercial deployment roadmap for technology roll-out.