Distinctive products and technologies
Developed by Midrex Technologies, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Kobe Steel, the MIDREX® Process utilizes natural gas to make direct reduced iron. As the world’s leading direct reduction process, it is used in around 70 plants worldwide, particularly in the Middle East.
Kobe Steel’s original seawall technology helps to reduce overtopping and minimize damage from high waves, such as from typhoons. The gentle flare helps to break waves and dampen their force. The flared seawalls eliminate the need for the high seawalls eliminate the need for the high seawalls and wave dissipating concrete blocks that are commonly used, better preserving scenery and sandy beaches. Due to the technology’s ability to protect coastal regions, demand is expected to grow nationwide.
Grid-Type Sabo Dams for Erosion Control
Grid-type sabo dams minimize impact on the environment, maintaining safety by intercepting debris and driftwood arising from floods, but without blocking the passage of water and fish during normal times. Kobe Steel is the top supplier in Japan of these dams, greatly contributing to disaster prevention and environmental conservation.
Water Treatment Facilities
A leading manufacturer in the field of water treatment, Kobelco Eco-Solutions offers a full lineup of water treatment products, including water and sewage treatment facilities, industrial water and wastewater treatment facilities, sludge treatment facilities and pure/ultra-pure water production facilities. Kobelco Eco-Solutions also operates as a supplier of pure and ultrapure water and is expanding sales in this area.
Sewage Biogas City Gas Pipe Injection Facility
Together with local authorities and gas suppliers, Kobelco Eco-Solutions developed a city gas production facility capable of refining gas from sewage sludge to the same quality as city gas. In October 2010, Kobelco Eco-Solutions began injecting biogas into city gas pipes. Biogas is a combustible gas produced from methane fermentation of biomass solids such as sewage and food scraps. A carbon-neutral energy source, biogas has aroused significant interest for its potential to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.
Fluidized-Bed Gasification and Melting Furnaces
These furnaces offer environment-friendly treatment, utilizing the energy found in waste to carry out everything from incineration to ash melting (reduction/slagging), thus reducing both landfill and CO2.
PCB Detoxification Facilities
Metallic sodium dispersion (SP process), solvent extraction decomposition (SED process) and plasma melting decomposition methods (which can simultaneously treat a wide variety of PCB wastes) are utilized at PCB waste treatment facilities in locations throughout the country.