First Shipment of Fossil-Free Steel Delivered to Volvo
The first batch of the revolutionary “fossil-free steel” has been delivered to its first customer, Volvo Cars.
This milestone in the metallurgy and the car industry made big news in Sweden, as the state-owned utility SSAB, Vattenfall, and mining company LKAB announced their plan to redesign a steel industry.
According to CleanTechnica, Ibrahim Bayan, Minister for Business, Industry, and Innovation told the press that the goal is to demonstrate fossil-free technology on an industrial level by 2026.
So why is it important for the car industry to become fossil-free?
Because Volvo revealed that 35% of a car’s total emission is related to the production of steel and iron needed to make the car.
The percentage is a bit lower for electric cars, about 20%, but it’s still a lot of carbon to deal with!
So how do they make the steel industry greener?
They removed the coal-fired blast furnaces that have been the core of the steelmaking process since the Industrial Revolution.
replaced them with hydrogen-fueled furnaces that have only water as an emission.
Now, if they even manage to source green hydrogen, the total emissions in automaking could plummet even more.
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