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ABB to Supply Electrification and Automation Package for HYBRIT Steel Pilot

Steel News - Published on Mon, 17 Feb 2020

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Technology leader ABB has been selected to supply a full electrification and automation package for the unique Hydrogen Breakthrough Ironmaking Technology pilot plant in Luleå in northern Sweden, whose main energy source is fossil-free electricity. To maximize the pilot plant’s energy efficiency, ABB will supply dry-insulated Resibloc transformers which combine low environmental impact with high personal safety and intelligent, low-voltage Universal Motor Controller switchgears, together with ABB frequency converters. The pilot plant will be integrated into the latest version of ABB Ability 800xA with Select I/O solutions for greater flexibility in design and increased scalability. ABB will also deliver the ABB Ability System 800xA Simulator, a software simulation solution that allows operators to learn and test processes in a disconnected, safe and offline environment to enable swift commissioning and reduce the risk of unplanned shutdowns.

Three pilot projects have been launched, paving the way towards the world's first large-scale fossil-free means of steel production. The pilot plant in Luleå is expected to be in place in 2020 and SSAB will be able to produce the first fossil-free steel from 2026. By 2035, the goal is to sell fossil-free steel on a broad front.

HYBRIT is a ground-breaking effort to reduce CO2 emissions in the steel industry by replacing coal with hydrogen in the steelmaking process. The initiative, started in 2016 by the steel, mining and energy companies SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall, has the potential to reduce Sweden's total carbon dioxide emissions by ten percent.

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Posted By : Nishith Sharma on Mon, 17 Feb 2020
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