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SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall have now produced the world’s first hydrogen-reduced sponge iron at a pilot scale. The technological breakthrough in the HYBRI...

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Nathan Wilson on Jun 27, 2021

The recent Swedish demonstration of iron production from ore without the use of fossil fuel is interesting and encouraging.  But it is also quite futuristic for most of the world.  Of course we knew iron could be produced using hydrogen instead of fossil fuel (as the reactant that removes the oxygen from the ore, leaving behind "sponge iron").  The problem remains that hydrogen is much more expensive than fossil fuel, and since most of the world lacks Sweden's clean electricity (made from nuclear and hydro), most nations simply can't duplicate the non-CO2 emitting process.

For most of the world, the low hanging fruit is still elimination of fossil fuel (especially coal) from electricity production.

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