HYBRIT's world-unique pilot plant for fossil-free sponge iron is a decisive step towards fossil-free steelmaking.
In the pilot plant, hydrogen will be produced and tests will be conducted for producing metallic iron, sponge iron, via direct reduction of iron ore pellets using hydrogen. Electricity and water will be used for production of hydrogen via electrolysis.
On June 20th 2018 the firstsod was turned and, just over two years later, on August 31st 2020, a corona-adapted inauguration ceremony was held. In attendance were Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin.
"It is gratifying to note that we are starting the plant in the knowledge that Swedish industry is leading the global transition towards sustainable development and reduced climate impact. For LKAB, HYBRIT is part of the goal to be a leading carbon-dioxide-free player in a fossil-free value chain by 2045, and the pilot plant will play a decisive role before we can take the technology to industrial scale. The oxygen in the iron is the main challenge, and that's what we want to eliminate," said Jan Moström, LKAB's President and CEO, in connection with the inauguration.
Tests will be carried out from 2020 to 2024; first with natural gas and subsequently with hydrogen, so as to be able to compare production results.