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Swedish Green Steel Venture Ships World’s First Fossil-Free Steel to Volvo. The venture uses Hydrogen Breakthrough Ironmaking Technology (HYBRIT) to manufacture steel without burning coal.
The HYBRIT technology will go into full production in 2026, before that under the trial run Volvo has taken delivery. The test operations were already in progress in a pilot plant a year ago.
Earlier in the year 2016, the HYBRIT technology was used by steelmaker SSAB, a state-owned utility Vattenfall, and miner LKAB, all Swedish companies.
You can further understand how HYBRIT technology works during the steelmaking process here.
To explain in short the technology replaces the blast furnace process which involves the burning of fossil fuel. While in HYBRIT technology this is reduced as it uses fossil-free hydrogen produced from water using electricity from fossil-free energy sources. The waste product from it is water vapor, instead of carbon dioxide.
SSAB aims to reduce Sweden’s total carbon dioxide emission by around 10% and Finland’s by around 7% using the HYBRIT technology.
According to Martin Lindqvist, President and CEO of SSAB, “The first fossil-free steel in the world is not only a breakthrough for SSAB, it represents proof that it’s possible to make the transition and significantly reduce the global carbon footprint of the steel industry. We hope that this will inspire others to also want to speed up the green transition.”
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