SSAB Creates Green Energy Research Program
In a statement, the company said the Toward Fossil-Free Steel program builds on its 2020 Energy4HYBRIT prefeasibility project, which investigated the need for, and availability of, biomaterial and bioenergy and the techno-economic feasibility of using these in processes at SSAB’s Raahe facility.
The project also will study the smelting of hydrogen-reduced sponge iron in an electric arc furnace; fossil-free lime production; and new uses for steelmaking byproducts.
“The project highlights building research cooperation with major domestic companies in the energy sector in, for example, the area of green hydrogen. One of the challenges in the project will be to combine a new production technology, new forms of energy and the manufacture of demanding high-strength steels into an economically viable concept taking into account sustainability,” said Jarmo Lilja, process development manager at SSAB Raahe.