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June 21, 2021

A pioneering pilot project in Lulea, Sweden, designed to produce “fossil-free” steel has successfully completed test production of sponge iron, demonstrating it is possible to use hydrogen made with fossil-free power to reduce iron ore, instead of coal and coke.

Swedish energy company Vattenfall, mining company LKAB, and steel manufacturer SSAB—companies that are collaborating under the joint initiative, dubbed “HYBRIT”—hailed the achievement as a technological breakthrough that “is a decisive step on the road to fossil-free steel.”

“Production has been continuous and of good quality,” the companies announced on June 21. “Around 100 tonnes have been made so far.”

Read the article to see how the new process works.


P.S. - “Sweden’s and Vattenfall’s fossil-free electricity is a basic requirement for the low carbon footprint of hydrogen-reduced sponge iron,” said Anna Borg, president and CEO at Vattenfall. “The breakthrough that we can announce today shows in a very real way how electrification contributes to enabling a fossil-free life within a generation.”
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