SEK 46 million for research on fossil-free steel

Luleå University of Technology, the metals research institute Swerim and the steel manufacturer SSAB are collaborating in the largest research collaboration in Sweden to date on fossil-free steel production.

The total investment of 46 million SEK aims to accelerate the green transition and help the Swedish steel industry achieve its goal of zero carbon dioxide emissions.

The research collaboration FINAST, (Research and Innovation in Norrbotten for Advanced Green Steel Production and Manufacturing), is funded by the EU Fund for a Fair Transition and the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket). The collaboration between Luleå University of Technology and Swerim involves the participation of some 15 researchers in 9 different research subjects and the establishment of some 10 PhD positions. Several specialists and experts from SSAB will be involved in the various research projects.

"We will enable a transition to climate-neutral and resource-efficient steel production and use. Through industry-oriented research and collaboration with the steel industry and surrounding society, Luleå University of Technology contributes with knowledge, tools and competence supply to achieve the climate goals," says Jens Hardell, Professor of Machine Elements at Luleå University of Technology and project manager for the research collaboration.

SSAB is running the HYBRIT project together with LKAB and Vattenfall. HYBRIT's pilot plant for fossil-free steel production is in operation in Luleå. A demonstration plant will be built in Gällivare.

Lennart Håkansson