World first: Linde and Ovako heat steel with hydrogen

Linde and specialty steel manufacturer Ovako have conducted a full-scale test to heat steel with hydrogen before rolling in Sweden, which the two companies say is a world first.

Performed with good results in one of Ovako’s pit ovens at its steel mill in Hofors, controls of the steel show that heating with hydrogen did not affect the quality of the steel.

In a statement, Linde said this means good conditions for introducing heating of full-scale rolling mill furnaces, which would drastically reduce the carbon footprint of the steel industry.

“This is a big event for the steel industry. This is the first time hydrogen has been used to heat steel in an existing production environment,” Anders Lugnet, Technical Group Specialist in the field of Energy & Furnace Technology at Ovako, said.

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