Steel plant will convert harmful byproducts into renewable energy

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ArcelorMittal — the world's largest steel company — produced 93.1 million tons of steel in 2014, generating a problematic amount of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. But now, the company is launching a pilot scheme at their Ghent plant in partnership with bioengineering organization LanzaTech, which will convert this waste product into useful ethanol, using a microbe originally found in rabbits' guts. LanzaTech's system captures carbon monoxide using a customized clostridium microbe and converts it into bioethanol, which can be sold to power cars and airplanes. The scheme is expected to cost EUR 87 million, but if successful the plant…

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