• JFE
Period of commission
Phase I Step1: 2008~2012 / Step2: 2013~2017
Phase II Step1:2018~

The steel industry is the largest CO2 emitting industry in Japan’s industrial sector, and among them, drastic CO2 reduction is required as a measure against global warming in the steelmaking process by the blast furnace method, which emits a large amount of carbon dioxide. Japan’s steelmaking technology is already at the most advanced level in the world, and energy saving by using waste heat and by-product gas has reached the limit. Therefore, an innovative steelmaking process is required to realize CO2 reduction on a global scale. Technology development is required.
COURSE50 is being developed by four domestic steel-related companies on behalf of NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization).

Targets of Research and Development

Development of technologies to reduce CO2 emissions from blast furnaces
  • Develop technologies to control reactions for reducing iron ore with reducing agents such as hydrogen with a view to decreasing coke consumption in blast furnaces.
  • Develop technologies to produce high-strength & high reactivity coke for reduction with hydrogen.
  • Development of technologies to capture – separate and recover – CO2 from blast furnace gas (BFG)
  • Develop techniques for chemical absorption and physical adsorption to capture – separate and recover – CO2 from blast furnace gas (BFG).・Develop technologies contributing to reduction in energy for capture – separation and recovery – of CO2 through enhanced utilization of unused waste heat from steel plants.

Development Schedule

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Development Schedule開発スケジュール

COURSE50 started the development of elemental technology in 2008, constructed a test blast furnace in 2013, and is currently conducting practical research.