The steel company SSAB is, together with a consortium led by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, investigating the possibility of replacing fossil fuels with biocoal.
Sweden is using about 3 million tons of fossil carbon every year and 70 percent of that is used by the iron and steel production. SSAB is a global steel company with production facilities in Sweden, Finland and the United States and the company has ambitious targets for reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. In order to succeed they are investigating several solutions, including replacing fossil fuels with renewable fuels.
IVL is coordinating the Ecocoal project, which is focusing on replacing fossil coal and other fossil fuels with biocoal. Biocoal can, in addition to reducing emissions of greenhouse gases, also provide ecological and social added values. The project aim is develop system solutions and create a functioning chain; from cultivation, through the end-use in various industrial and energy plants, all the way to creating competitive industrial products and services that will benefit Swedish industry.
The project is funded by Vinnova and is a so-called stage 1 project within the program Challenge-driven Innovation (Utmaningsdriven innovation). It is co-ordinated by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute and conducted in cooperation with SSAB, the fuel carrier Scandinavian Bioheat, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Carbon Wealth.