SSAB has produced what the company says is the world's first fossil-free steel and delivered it to its first customer, the Volvo Group. The trial delivery is an important step on the way to a completely fossil-free value chain for iron and steelmaking and is a milestone in the HYBRIT partnership between SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall.
SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall created HYBRIT (Hydrogen Breakthrough Ironmaking Technology) in 2016, with the aim of developing a technology for fossil-free iron and steel making. In June 2021, the three companies were able to showcase the world's first hydrogen-reduced sponge iron produced at HYBRIT's pilot plant in Luleå. This first sponge iron has since been used to produce the first steel made with this technology.
The company's goal is to deliver fossil-free steel to the market and demonstrate the technology on an industrial scale as early as 2026. Using HYBRIT technology, SSAB has the potential to reduce Sweden's total carbon dioxide emissions by approximately ten percent and Finland's by approximately seven percent.