The pilot plant in Luleå, Sweden has completed the test production of sponge iron
and demonstrated that it is possible to use fossil-free hydrogen gas to reduce iron ore instead of using coal and coke to remove the oxygen.
The sponge iron production has been continuous and of good quality with 100 tonnes made so far, Hybrit said.
Hydrogen-based reduction is a critical milestone that paves the way for future fossil-free iron and steelmaking as well as a process that eliminates 90% of emissions involved with steelmaking, the initiative said.
It is also...