One of the most important steps in Linde’s hydrogen cooperation with Ovako took place months earlier at Linde’s Combustion Technology Center in Älvsjö, just south of Stockholm, where the initial hydrogen fuel tests were carried out in Linde’s state-of-the-art combustion lab.
The success of those tests, which were carried out in a controlled, demonstration environment, gave Lugnet and his colleagues at Ovako the confidence to move forward with full-scale testing at the company’s production site in Hofors.
“It’s very exciting that we now have proof that it’s possible to use hydrogen in heating without affecting the quality of the steel,” concludes Anders Lugnet, Ovako.
Ovako is now considering rolling out the solution to the rest of the Hofors facility, and possibly expanding it to other production sites as well, in its continued efforts to improve sustainability. The company already has an 80 percent lower carbon footprint compared to the global industry average, and thanks to the fruits of its ongoing partnership with Linde, the Swedish steel maker believes it can do even better.
“It’s very exciting that we now have proof that it’s possible to use hydrogen in heating without affecting the quality of the steel,” concludes Anders Lugnet.
“If we can make this investment and expand the process further, it could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 20,000 tonnes per year. And that’s just the beginning.”