The project is considered to be ‘world’s first’ fossil fuel-free steel plant and claims to have the potential of reducing Sweden‘s carbon dioxide emissions by 10%.
LKAB’s pellet plant in Malmberget aims to produce fossil-free iron ore pellets using renewable electricity and a ‘greener’ heating technology – alternative fuels, including hydrogen and plasma, have been tested in the process.
The full-scale tests, which will last until 2021, will replace fossil oil with bio-oil, reducing emissions for the operation by 40% during the test.
Markus Petäjäniemi, Senior Vice President Market and Technology at LKAB, said: “Achieving positive results from different heating technologies represents an important milestone on the road to delivering the world’s very first fossil-free iron ore pellets and further on in the value chain for fossil-free steel.”
Martin Pei, CTO at SSAB and initiator of the HYBRIT project, commented: “SSAB’s goal is to be able to offer fossil-free steel to the market as early as 2026.”