HYBRIT – A journey toward fossil-free steel

HYBRIT – A journey toward fossil-free steel

In 2016, SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall joined forces to create HYBRIT – an initiative that endeavours to revolutionise steelmaking.

HYBRIT (Hydrogen Breakthrough Ironmaking Technology) aims to replace coking coal, traditionally needed for ore-based steelmaking, with hydrogen. The result would be the world’s first fossil-free steel production technology, with virtually no carbon footprint.

During 2018, work started on the construction of a pilot plant for fossil-free steel production in Luleå, Sweden. The goal is to have a solution for fossil-free steel by 2035. If successful, the HYBRIT project alone could reduce Sweden’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 10% and Finland’s by 7%, respectively. Here, we take a look at this important effort to decarboninse the business of steelmaking and the fundamentals behind the HYBRIT project.

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