World’s first delivery of green steel made without coal

Steel from Swedish steelmaker Hybrit, which has made without using coal, has been delivered to vehicle maker Volvo.

Hybrit is owned by SSAB, which is responsible for 10% of Sweden’s carbon dioxide emissions. Steel made from coal accounts for approximately 8% of global greenhouse gasses, which have been linked to global warming.

The delivery to Volvo is the world’s first commercial batch of green steel that has been made without greenhouse gas-emitting coal. Hybrit expects to commence full commercial production of its green steel by 2026. Volvo will make prototype vehicles using the steel.

In a statement, Hybrit said that the steel delivery to Volvo is 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.”

Hybrit is not the only steel manufacturer that is developing green steel. H2 Green Steel is another Swedish steelmaker that is building a fossil fuel-free steel manufacturing plant using sustainable hydrogen. It expects to start production in 2024.

There are many industries that rely on steel. A warehouse equipment manufacturer, for example, uses tubular steel to fabricate material handling and storage equipment. Steel is recyclable, but carbon is emitted during its production.

The European Union has a target of zero greenhouse gas emissions within the next nine years. Steel made using hydrogen and renewable energy instead of fossil fuels contributes to the UK’s goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Posted by Derek
23rd August 2021

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