Panel Discussion: Direct Reduced Iron – a Key Ingredient for Fossil-Free steelmaking

Tuesday 18th June 15:00 - 15:45


Chaired by Rutger Gyllenram of Kobolde & Partners

Session Chair

Rutger Gyllenram

CEO and Founder

Kobolde & Partners

Rutger Gyllenram is a Swedish metallurgist and entrepreneur. He has an MSc in process metallurgy and materials science and a licentiate degree (Dr-ing) in metal production technology from the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, in Stockholm.

He is the founder and CEO of Kobolde & Partners AB, working with raw material and process assessment, which is crucial for decarbonization in the steel industry.


Marco Lapasin

Vice President

Danieli Centro Metallics

Marco has worked with Danieli since 2009. He worked as project director for EPC contracts for direct reduction plant and iron ore beneficiation, as well as other projects for steel manufacturing plants. After an assignment in construction contracts, he led the new business unit of Danieli Green Metal that has a transversal vocation through Danieli group, with the task of developing new technologies for sustainable steel production.

He is now responsible of the product line for direct reduction and iron ore. His previous experience was with engineering companies, working in the fields of chemicals, oil, and gas.

He earned an MSc in chemical engineering and started his working career as a process engineer. Danieli Centro Metallics is the business unit of Danieli for direct reduction plants, with the technology of EnergIron, and the upstream processing of iron ore.

EnergIron, jointly developed by Danieli and Tenova, is the technology for gas iron ore reduction that is hydrogen ready.

Tim Peeters

R&D Department Manager, Research and Development, Ironmaking, Casting

Tata Steel Europe

Tim Peeters obtained a PhD in applied physics at TU Delft, the Netherlands in 1995.

He joined Tata Steel in 1999, and has since then fulfilled several roles in R&D, currently as department manager and programme manager for ironmaking, steelmaking, and casting. Decarbonization technology is a major part of his portfolio.

Vincent Chevrier

General Manager, Technical Sales and Marketing

Midrex Technologies, Inc.

Dr. Chevrier is General Manager – Technical Sales and Marketing for Midrex Technologies Inc., and is based at the Headquarters in Charlotte, NC. His role consists in studying of long-term market trends and evolution, which includes the transition from carbon-based to fossil-free steelmaking.

He earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the Université de Technologie de Compiègne (France), a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech (USA) and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (USA).

Dr. Chevrier began his career in the steel industry at IRSID in France (now part of Arcelor-Mittal R&D) in 1992. After obtaining his doctorate, he worked in the melt-shop and scrap yard for J&L specialty Steel in various engineering and management positions. Subsequently, Dr. Chevrier held management positions at Keywell LLC, a leading recycler of high-performance metals, prior to joining Midrex in 2011. For the first 8 years, Dr. Chevrier was responsible for all innovation, R&D and technology improvements programs for Midrex and led all work on decarbonization before it became mainstream. The increased market demand for green ironmaking morphed his interests to technical marketing and business development. Dr. Chevrier joined Form Energy in 2021 to develop and scale the iron anode of a novel long duration storage battery. He re-joined Midrex in April 2023.

Durgesh Gupta

SVP, Head of Iron making Technology

H2 Green Steel

Durgesh Gupta has 26 years of experience heading process, operations, planning, and project management of gas-based direct reduction plants worldwide. From 1997-2003, he was assistant manager (DR process) for Ispat Industries, then moved to Qatar Steel Company to serve as head of process and operations from 2003-2021. Durgesh joined H2 Green Steel in 2021 in his current role.


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