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World’s First Batch Of Steel Made Without Using Coal Shipped By Swedish Company

World’s First Batch Of Steel Made Without Using Coal Shipped By Swedish Company
A Swedish manufacturer of steel is delivering the first “green steel” of the world, made without using coal, the manufacturer said.
According to the Swedish venture Hybrit, the “green steel” is being delivered to German truck-maker Volvo AB. It said that this delivery is being done on a trial basis prior to the company starting full scale commercial manufacturing of such steel in 2026.
Production of prototype vehicles and vehicle components from the green steel would be commenced by it this year itself, Volvo has said.
According to estimates, about 8 per cent of the global greenhouse gas emissions is accounted for by the steel production process that uses coal as fuel. A year ago, test operations for making “green steel” were started by Hybrit at its pilot plant for green steel in Lulea, northern Sweden. The aim of the move is to replace coking coal which has traditionally been used for iron ore-based steel making, with renewable electricity and hydrogen.
One of the crucial elements of the European Union to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 is Hydrogen.
The steelmaker SSAB, state-owned utility Vattenfall and miner LKAB own Hybrit.
10 per cent of Sweden’s and 7 per cent of Finland’s carbon dioxide emissions are accounted for by SSAB.
The trial delivery of “green steel” was an “important step towards a completely fossil-free value chain … The goal is to deliver fossil-free steel to the market and demonstrate the technology on an industrial scale as early as 2026,” SSAB said.
Hydrogen fuel based “green steel” manufacturing facility is also being planned to be constructed by another green steel venture, H2 Green Steel, and the firm plans to set up the facility in the north of Sweden. The company plans to include a sustainable hydrogen facility and expects production to start in 2024.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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