[Ferro-Alloys.com] SSAB Americas said Tuesday it plans to produce steel in North America using a completely fossil-free process beginning in 2026, and expects its Montpelier, Iowa, mill to be completely powered by renewable energy by 2022.
The move could make SSAB the first North American producer of fossil-free steel.
In 2016, SSAB along with iron ore pellet producer LKAB and electricity company Vattenfall, the three Swedish companies launched a project known as Hybrit, or hydrogen breakthrough ironmaking technology, which aims to replace coke-fueled blast furnaces which emit CO2 with a new process using hydrogen to reduce iron oxide.
In the US, SSAB already utilizes scrap-based electric arc furnace technology to produce its steel, using almost 100% recycled materials in the production process, the company noted. In addition to scrap, the plan is for SSAB Iowa and SSAB Alabama to use the fossil-free sponge iron produced in Sweden as part of the Hybrit project in the coming years.
SSAB Iowa partners with MidAmerican Energy, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, for its renewable power, which is generated primarily by wind farms in Iowa, the company said.(S&P Global Platts)
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