Hydrogen as Energy Carrier and Reductant in Metallurgical Applications

Date: Sunday, March 3, 2024
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Hyatt Regency Orlando
Sponsored by: TMS Pyrometallurgy Committee

Hydrogen can be used as energy carrier (fuel) in burners, or it can be used as a reducing agent. This one-day course discusses aspects related to burners such as burner design, key operational parameters, burner conversion from fossil fuel to hydrogen, and the impact of switching to hydrogen burners on furnace operations. Furnace design, process control, heat distribution and transfer, as well as off-gas management and waste heat are included. The scope of this course includes use as a reducing agent in both ferrous and non-ferrous metals applications. The mechanisms, key factors, process parameters, and equipment are covered, for solid and molten state. Furthermore, safe working with hydrogen and the production and supply infrastructure of hydrogen will be discussed. The course will use a mix of presentations, including industry experience and problem-based breakout groups, to provide a dynamic environment with lots of interaction.

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for professionals working in industry and national labs with at least several years of experience after M.Sc. graduation. Specifically:

  • Participants from ferrous and non-ferrous metallurgical industry; equipment providers (burners, furnaces, refractories, etc.); representatives from research institutes, national labs, and universities (e.g. re. hydrogen safety); and energy and hydrogen providers
  • Plant operators, process engineers, and those working in research departments
  • Master’s and Ph.D. students are not the key target audience, but can attend

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees/professionals (in industry) understand the state of the art, challenges, and future developments in hydrogen production (production routes, equipment, volumes, costs, etc.) generally and in a metallurgical context, to enhance operational and research activities and decision-making within their organization.
  • Attendees/professionals obtain deep insight into key factors that are important when considering hydrogen-based burners, including burner design, costs, burner conversion, and implementation possibilities.
  • Attendees understand the opportunities and limitations of hydrogen as a fuel, how the use of hydrogen burners impacts furnace operations, and what practical mitigating measures need to be taken.
  • Attendees understand opportunities and limitations for hydrogen as a reductant, in iron and steelmaking and non-ferrous applications, including the fundamental (reaction) mechanisms and how these impact the practical operations. Equipment selection and feed preparation. They can derive actions to take in their own practical operations.
  • Attendees know the key safety aspects for designing equipment, processes, and safe operations. This includes: understanding mixing of gases, ignition temperature concept, materials selection, and how to translate this into daily practice in lab or fab.
  • Attendees have to apply their new knowledge in a problem-based learning setting, learning from and with each other and being coached by the course experts.
  • Essential understanding of how to use hydrogen in an industrial setting as energy carrier or reducing agent in a safe way, including opportunities and risks.

Organizers and Instructors


Christina Meskers


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Halvor Dalaker


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Martin Adendorff


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Dierk Raabe

Max Planck Institut f. Eisenforschung

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Casper van der Eijk


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Mårten Görnerup


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Maria Wallin

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

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Course Schedule

  • 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
  • 9:30 a.m. State of the Art and Future of Hydrogen Production (Dalaker)
  • 10:00 a.m. Key Considerations for Hydrogen Burners (Adendorff)
  • 10:30 a.m. Coffee Break
  • 11:00 a.m. Adapting to H-Burners (Hannum, Dzik)
  • 11:15 a.m. Industry Experience: Hydro Navarra (Hannum, Dzik)
  • 11:30 a.m. Green Steel Production via H-Reduction (Raabe)
  • Noon: Lunch 
  • 1:00 p.m. H-Reduction in the Non-Ferrous Industry (Van der Eijk)
  • 1:30 p.m. Theory to Practice: Iron and Steel Industry (Görnerup)
  • 2:00 p.m. Industry Experience: Glencore Technology (Nicol)
  • 2:15 p.m. Industry Experience: Aurubis (Van der Eijk)
  • 2:30 p.m. Safety in Lab and Fab Environments (Adendorff)
  • 3:00 p.m. Coffee Break
  • 3:15 p.m. Case Work in Breakout Groups (Wallin)
  • 4:45 p.m. Wrap-Up (Dalaker)

Registration Rates

Rates Advance Registration Rate
(On or Before January 31)
Standard Registration Rate
(After January 31)
Member $585 $685
Nonmember $715 $815
Student Member $375 $425
Student Nonmember $405 $455

How To Register

You can register for this workshop through the TMS2024 registration form.

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Remember to register for the conference and any short courses by January 31 for the best rates.