I am a big energy nerd. Maybe this is something you have already noticed here on my blog. The reason is very simple. The future of our energy supply needs to be sustainable. If our future energy sources are not renewable and fossilfuel-free we will not reach our global climate change goals. That is how simple it is. Today, I wanted to highlight a development I have come across several weeks back via Twitter..
World’s first fossilfuel-free steel plant is planned in Northern Sweden
The first fossilfuel-free steel plant is being planned in northern Sweden as I write this. Why is this so significant? Well, producing steel is one of the most resource intensive production processes currently being undertaken by us. Yes, there are more resource intensive products being produced but the demand for steel around the globe is so immense that really each national economy needs to have steel plants within their economic system so that they are able to fill national demand for steel (if we disregard the existence of a global steel market for a second). And the problem is that these steel plants are mostly using fossil fuels to make sure they are getting a constant and reliable energy supply for their steel production. Without that constant energy supply steel production would be impossible.
This is the tweet I was referring to in the paragraph above:
World’s first #fossilfuel-free steel plant is planned in Northern Sweden https://t.co/bakOWLfE89 Initiative is important for Sweden to meet its #ParisAgreement goals #HYBRIT | Via @VattenfallGroup pic.twitter.com/8SGt3SBfRP
— UN Climate Change (@UNFCCC) February 4, 2018
Here is some more information about HYBRIT taken from the Vattenfall website: “In 2016, SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall joined forces to create HYBRIT – a joint venture project that endeavours to revolutionize steel-making. HYBRIT aims to replace coking coal, traditionally needed for ore-based steel making, with hydrogen. The result will be unique: the world’s first fossil-free steel-making technology, with virtually no carbon footprint. In spring 2018 a pilot plant for fossil-free steel production will be planned and designed in Luleå and the Norrbotten iron ore fields, 250 km north west of Luleå. The goal is to have a solution for fossil-free steel by 2035. A successful HYBRIT means that together we can reduce Sweden’s CO2 emissions by 10% and Finland’s by 7%.”
This is the video from the Vattenfall website.
Our sustainable future can be created
This planned fossilfuel-free steel plant is ambitious. It is a plan that makes sense and which we need more of. In the end our future is not predetermined. Our future can be influenced by our actions today. And if our actions today are ambitious, we can create the sustainable future we need to reach and surpass our climate change goals. So please let me know of other ambitious energy or other projects you have heard of. I would like to blog about them!
Disclaimer: I am in no way associated with the Hybrit Project. I simply find it useful to share.