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Inauguration of the world's first renewable energy gas plant at a steel mill

On June 19, Sweden-based biomass gasification technology developers Cortus Energy AB and metal powder and powder products manufacturer Höganäs AB held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Höganäs, Sweden for the world's first industrial-scale demonstration plant for fossil-free steel production based on biomass gasification. A technology that the companies say can revolutionize the steel industry's efforts to phase out the use of fossil gas and coke used for energy and reducing agents respectively.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony of the world’s first industrial-scale demonstration plant for fossil-free steel production based on biomass gasification. Peter Wallenberg Jr (left), Chairman, FAM Foundation; Fredrik Emilson, CEO, Höganäs AB; Maria Wetterstrand, Board Member Cortus Energy AB and Rolf Ljunggren, CEO, Cortus AB (photo courtesy Cortus Energy).

The inauguration of our first industrial WoodRoll is a milestone for our company. We are grateful that Höganäs AB is with us in this project. After the summer, the startup of our plant will begin, so Höganäs AB will be able to demonstrate how fossil-free steel production can be realized in the autumn, said Rolf Ljunggren, CEO Cortus Energy.

Using Cortus Energy’s proprietary “WoodRoll” biomass gasification process, the plant produces a clean syngas that replaces fossil gas used in Höganäs AB’s iron powder production. Cortus Energy has delivered, installed and will operate the facility that is located on the premises of Höganäs AB. Once in full operation, the plant is expected to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from productions processes at Höganäs by 10 000 tonnes annually.

Around 150 invited guests and press attended the ceremony which was officiated by Fredrik Emilson, CEO of Höganäs AB, Peter Wallenberg Jr, Chairman of the FAM Foundation, a shareholder in Höganäs AB and Maria Wetterstrand, Board member of Cortus Energy.

Helén Axelsson, Energy and Environment Director at the Swedish Steel Producers’ Association, spoke about the steel industry’s roadmap for fossil-free steel production whereas Magnus Petterson, Energy Coordinator Höganäs AB and Rolf Ljunggren CEO Cortus Energy AB recounted how the project was taken from idea to reality.

The steel industry is energy-intensive, and within Höganäs we have taken on a leadership role for a fossil-free future in the industry. We have had the advantage of using Cortus’s new technology, which will help us take a big step forward on our sustainability journey, said Nicklas Long, Sustainability Manager at Höganäs.

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