search

With more than 1 700 employees and entities in around 20 countries, Paul Wurth is a leading market player for the design and construction of complete blast furnace and coke oven plants. Developing and implementing environmental technologies is a priority. “We are working on the decarbonisation solutions of tomorrow, with the clear goal of enabling CO2-free steel production,” says Professor Hans Ferkel, CTO of SMS group.

Hydrogen: A key to future energy systems

The Paul Wurth headquarters in Luxembourg is home to SMS group’s global hydrogen competence centre. Hydrogen is considered a crucial factor in future energy systems and energy transformation and in the transition to greener energy sources. One game-changing solution lies in Power-to-Liquid applications for the production of synthetic fuels and downstream products. Hydrogen also promises to become an alternative to coal – both as a reducing agent in steelmaking and as a driver of the large-scale transformation of the steel industry, which today is a large emitter of CO2.

We are working on the decarbonisation solutions of tomorrow, with the clear goal of enabling CO2-free steel production.

The agreement between Paul Wurth and the University of Luxembourg to create and finance the Paul Wurth Chair in Energy Process Engineering ties in closely with this ambition. This cooperation will be instrumental for Paul Wurth to become a global innovation centre for metallurgy and hydrogen within the SMS group and to continue the technology-driven initiatives already started by dedicated taskforces. For the university, the initiative is part of its strategy to develop research and an educational offer with a focus on sustainability.

“We look forward to working closely with the University of Luxembourg and are committed to staying in the lead in the global challenge of making green steel,” comments Professor Ferkel.

Cutting-edge research

Paul Wurth and the University of Luxembourg will create and finance the Paul Wurth Chair in Energy Process Engineering focusing on hydrogenThe chair will be hosted at the university’s Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine (FSTM) in the Department of Engineering. It aims to conduct cutting-edge research in the field of hydrogen processing and related aspects of carbon-neutral industrial processes. The team attached to the chair will also engage in teaching at Bachelor, Master and doctoral level. In addition, the chair will participate in outreach activities to stimulate interest in key challenges in the field of engineering.

“The creation of the new chair is well aligned with the university’s research strategy and will contribute to the development of the university’s Department of Engineering, in particular in the area of process engineering and hydrogen processing,” says Professor Stéphane Pallage, Rector of the University of Luxembourg. “It will enhance our international visibility, contribute to academic excellence and make a lasting impact on the academic and industrial landscape of Luxembourg,”

“The new chair builds on an existing long-term cooperation between Paul Wurth and the University, in particular in Bachelor and Master teaching as well as the Hydrogen Think-tank initiated within the Department of Engineering. It will be a catalyst for new research activities related to the future hydrogen economy which is important to industry and to the economy in Luxembourg and beyond,” states Professor Jean-Marc Schlenker, Dean of the FSTM.

Photo: Sophie Margue/University of Luxembourg

Read more

Postdoctoral Marie Curie Fellowship opportunities in Luxembourg

16-04-2021

Luxinnovation supports Luxembourg organisations wishing to further develop their capacities by hosting researchers in the framework of the Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowship programme (MSCA PF). Any highly skilled researchers who have recently completed their postgraduate studies can apply until 15 May 2021.
Read more

Fit 4 Start: 2 more days to apply

13-04-2021

Promising ICT and space start-ups can still apply to accelerator programme Fit 4 Start and compete for 20 weeks of personalised coaching and grants of up to €150,000. The deadline for applying is 15 April 2021.
Read more

Wisconsin and Luxembourg: Launchpads for business

09-04-2021

One an attractive gateway to Europe, the other an excellent springboard onto the US market: Luxembourg and Wisconsin have more in common than one might initially believe. The Luxembourg Digital Trade Mission to Wisconsin at the end of March 2021 offered companies an overview of mutual business opportunities. A new partnership promoting start-ups was also announced.
Read more

Nature meets futuristic architecture

07-04-2021

The futuristically designed Biodiversum nature conservation centre in Remerschen is the ideal first port of call if you want to discover the "Haff Réimech" nature reserve.
Read more

Luxinnovation to steer the Luxembourg GAIA-X regional hub

26-03-2021

At a conference on March 25, 2021 dedicated to the European digital project GAIA-X, the Minister of Economy, Franz Fayot, launched the Luxembourg regional hub of GAIA-X which will be coordinated by Luxinnovation. In this role, the agency will help all interested public, private and research actors of the Luxembourg data ecosystem to become involved in this European initiative that aims to gather and develop common requirements for a European data infrastructure that is federated, secure and sovereign.
Read more

All news

Fermer