LIFE HICONOS project aims at demonstrating and validating a combustion system including an innovative rotating regenerator exchanger on non-oxidizing furnaces (NOF) for steel processing lines by implementing a pre-industrial demonstrator on ArcelorMittal’s plant located in Mardyck, France.

Project beginning
the project was approved
on June 1st, 2014
Project end
31 May 2018

Project objectives

Objectif 1

Minimizing the environmental impact of existing furnaces.

Objectif 2

Reducing operational costs, mainly energy consumption and maintenance costs.

Objectif 3

Decrease energy consumption of natural gas used to preheat the steel strip at the NOF.

Objectif 4

Decrease the CO2 and NOx emissions produced during the combustion of natural gas.




Cover-BrochureThe European steel industry employs 360 000 skilled people producing almost 170 MT of steel within the 27 EU Member States (High-level roundtable on the future of the European Steel Industry, 2013, EC). This industry is a high energy consumer and on average, 1.8 T of CO2 is emitted per ton of steel produced. The steel industry combined with the iron industry account for almost 7% of the world’s total CO2 emissions (Steel’s contribution to a low carbon future, 2013,
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Project's progress

  • 09/02/2016 : Third technical review between partners.
    • Presentation of the new 3D model as well as of technical pending points
  • 08/02/2016 : Second site visit for the CMI engineering office
  • 10/10/2015 : Second technical review held between partners, in Grande-Synthe
    • Discussion lead about the ECOREG T°C issues
  • 01/09/2015 : Innovation meeting held in Liège (AM and CMI)
  • 15/07/2015 : First technical meeting with ECOREG and BURNERS’ supplier
  • 26/06/2015 : First technical review between partners – Conf call
  • 28/05/2015 : start engineering

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