A pilot plant for the production of HYBRIT steel, which runs exclusively on hydrogen fuel, launched in Sweden.
The pilot plant opened today in Luleå is the first steel industry in the world to completely eliminate coking coal and any other fossil fuel. Test operations for the production of pig iron using the new technology began immediately after the official launch of the installation with the participation of Prime Minister Stefan Leuven.
In addition to switching to renewable fuels, the new technology will help to minimize the amount of carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. Only one HYBRIT project will reduce CO2 emissions in Sweden by 10%.
The innovation initiative is backed by SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall, who joined forces in 2016 to create a pilot plant. Works on the construction of the plant began in 2018.
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With HYBRIT, Sweden plans to find a solution for fossil-free steel production by 2035.
German metallurgical company Thyssen-Krupp also announced plans last year stop using coking coal for steel production and switch to hydrogen entirely by 2050.
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: H2 view, Vestnik