Swedish manufacturer SSAB Oxelösund has delivered the world’s first fossil fuel-free steel to the Volvo Group.
The rolled metal was produced in northern Sweden using Hybrit technology developed by SSAB in collaboration with the LKAB mine and Vattenfall. The technology uses hydrogen instead of carbon and coke.
Volvo has announced that it will begin production of the first concept cars and machines this year made from SSAB steel using hydrogen. The plans call for the start of small-scale production next year and a gradual increase in production in the following years until mass production is achieved.
The Hybrit system, announced by Volvo, marks a breakthrough in hydrogen pig iron technology and was created in 2016. However, it wasn’t until June 2021 that the companies developing it were able to introduce the world’s first hydrogen-reduced sponge iron, produced at the Hybrit pilot plant in Luleå.
The automaker and steelmaker will also work together on research and development to optimize the use of steel in Volvo’s products in terms of weight and quality. The two companies will jointly develop a range of fossil-free steel products with the aim of achieving serial production within a few years.