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CHAR Technologies announces a $6.6M investment by ArcelorMittal and biocarbon purchase agreement

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CHAR also signed a Memorandum of Understanding under which ArcelorMittal Dofasco will purchase ‎biocarbon produced at CHAR’s facility in Thorold, Ontario.

TORONTO — CHAR Technologies Ltd., a manufacturer of sustainable energy solutions, announces that the Company has closed a C$6.6M strategic investment by ArcelorMittal S.A., through ArcelorMittal XCarb S.à r.l‎. and ArcelorMittal’s XCarb® Innovation Fund.

CHAR also signed a Memorandum of Understanding under which ArcelorMittal Dofasco will purchase ‎biocarbon produced at CHAR’s facility in Thorold, Ontario starting in 2023. CHAR’s technology transforms wood waste into renewable natural gas and biocarbon through a proprietary ‎high-temperature pyrolysis cracking process.‎

This marks a milestone achievement for the collaborative efforts of CHAR and ArcelorMittal Dofasco to ‎develop a drop-in replacement biocarbon to reduce ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s consumption of fossil-based ‎carbon sources. Under the agreement, CHAR’s biocarbon, is targeted ‎for trial in the Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) with the aim of reducing GHG emissions by 35,000 tonnes over ‎four years. Biocarbon produced by CHAR Technologies has been tested in the Blast Furnace at ‎ArcelorMittal Dofasco since 2021 and this agreement will enable larger scale trials in the EAF process.‎

The XCarb® Innovation Fund’s global mandate is to invest in companies developing technologies that will accelerate the steel industry’s transition to carbon neutral steelmaking. ArcelorMittal’s investment in CHAR marks the Fund’s seventh global investment and first ever in a Canadian company. This strategic partnership will be instrumental in propelling CHAR’s mission to transform carbon-free solutions within heavy industries.

The XCarb® Innovation Fund investment will be utilized to maximize the impact of the Canadian and Ontario governments’ December 2022 investment of C$12.8M in CHAR. It aims to accelerate the scale up of production as well as research and development initiatives at CHAR’s Thorold, Ontario facility. This investment will also enable CHAR to expedite the development of additional project sites.

Commenting, Irina Gorbounova, Head of ArcelorMittal’s XCarb® Innovation Fund, said:

“I am especially pleased that not only are we investing in them, but we are already working alongside them, testing their product at one of our Canadian steel plants. This is one of the advantages of our Innovation Fund and our unique approach. We provide seed capital of course, but we also provide the industrial infrastructure and R&D collaboration that breakthrough technology companies need to bring their product to market.”

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