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The World’s First Fossil Fuel-Free Steel

Volvo is using the novel material in its cars.

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.

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