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Ovako makes climate history at Hofors, Sweden with Hydrogen and District Heating

By District Energy posted 09-13-2023 05:21


Steel Times International


On Tuesday 5 September, Swedish steelmaker Ovako, a leading European manufacturer of steel and one of the largest steel recyclers in Scandinavia, inaugurated the world's first fossil-free hydrogen plant for heating steel before rolling.
Ovako’s new facility in Hofors, Sweden, marks the beginning of a new chapter in Swedish steel history, the company claims, with significant potential for global emissions reduction.
The importance of Ovako’s inauguration of fossil-free hydrogen facility was underlined by the presence in Hofors of the Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kirstersson.

Historically, heating steel has required substantial amounts of fossil fuels. Ovako's new hydrogen plant is the world's first facility to produce fossil-free hydrogen for heating steel prior to rolling, nearly eliminating emissions at this stage of production. The fossil-free hydrogen will be used to heat steel at adjacent rolling mills, but also for refueling fuel cell-powered trucks. The excess heat is converted into district heating.

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