Hydrogen Production in a Cyclic Iron Ore to Steel Conversion Process



Hydrogen is considered a major energy carrier for future clean technologies such as fuel cells used in the automotive industry. A cyclic iron ore to steel conversion process can serve as an efficient hydrogen production source if catalytic amounts of chrome and nickel are present to break down added hydrocarbon compounds. This, however, may lead to carbon compound saturation and necessitate addition of further oxygen. In order to evaluate the efficiency of hydrogen production and the steel production process a range of gaseous molecules have to be monitored.


V&F multicomponent analyzers based on Ion Molecule Reaction Mass Spectrometry (IMR-MS) provide the required selectivity and sensitivity to measure all gaseous compounds involved in the process. V&F instruments are an excellent choice for determining the efficiency of hydrogen production as well as the quality of the steel production process.


V&F mass spectrometers are cost efficient one-stop analyzing systems employed in process control and process optimization applications. The V&F CombiSense simultaneously measures all relevant gaseous parameters such as O2, CO, CO2, H2O, H2, Ar, N2 and methane at Vol% levels. During iron ore to steel conversion the fast response time of the instrument allows for rapid optimization of the hydrogen production efficiency while keeping the parameters for steel production at an optimum. 


  • Precise monitoring of the hydrogen production
  • Measurement of all relevant gas parameters
  • Fast response time

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