A steelmaker in Sweden says it has produced the world’s first steel made with no fossil fuels of any kind.
Five years ago, SSAB teamed with state-owned energy and mining companies on the Hybrit project.
The initiative aimed to replace the coal and coal byproducts used in steel production for centuries with hydrogen fuel.
A trial effort was successful, and the company is now delivering its revolutionary steel to Swedish carmaker Volvo.
SSAB officials called the announcement an important step toward a fossil fuel-free steel supply chain.
The steel sector is a major producer of carbon emissions, and its reliance on coal could be a major problem as countries turn to other sources of energy.
The company next hopes to demonstrate the technology at an industrial scale. That could happen as early as 2026.