SSAB teams up with GE Vernova Onshore Wind to supply SSAB Zero™ steel for onshore wind towers in North America.
GE Vernova Onshore Wind will incorporate SSAB Zero™ steel in onshore wind towers with the lowest carbon footprint to the onshore wind industry. SSAB Zero™, produced at SSAB Americas' Iowa facility, helps GE Vernova reach its carbon emission objectives, while continuing to deliver the enhanced performance characteristics of the steel required for this sophisticated end use application.
“This offering supports GE Vernova’s ongoing efforts to decarbonize our products. SSAB Zero™ enables significant reduction of Scope 1 and Scope 2 tower steel carbon emissions, one of the largest contributors to our carbon footprint. We are proud to help bring this industry leading product to market,” said Guy Lynch, Executive Director of Global Sourcing at Onshore Wind for GE Vernova.
Delivering on this type of emerging customer need was something SSAB had anticipated and has been working towards. In 2023, SSAB Iowa produced the world’s lowest CO2e (CO2 and CO2 equivalents) emissions steel product on the market, SSAB Zero™. Chuck Schmitt, President of SSAB Americas said, “SSAB remains focused on taking a science-based, data-driven approach to reducing CO2 emissions directly at the source.”
“SSAB remains focused on taking a science-based, data-driven approach to reducing CO2 emissions directly at the source.”
Chuck Schmitt, President of SSAB Americas
On the path towards a more sustainable future, GE Vernova is incorporating SSAB Zero™ steel into its supply chain to reduce the carbon footprint of its renewable solutions for the onshore wind industry. “We look forward to partnering with SSAB to offer towers made from SSAB Zero™ to our U.S. customers,” said Roger Martella GE Vernova’s Chief Sustainability Officer. “This collaboration is a key step forward for our companies and the renewable industry to succeed for clean energy not only in its generation, but its manufacturing and supply chain.”
“We are so pleased to have GE Vernova as a premier customer of SSAB Zero™ in North America,” said Jeff Moskaluk, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer for SSAB Americas. “GE Vernova’s position as an industry leader across multiple segments of the energy sector, coupled with their focus on decarbonization, makes it a perfect fit to use SSAB Zero™.”
SSAB Zero™ has zero emissions (less than 0.05 kg CO2 emissions per kg steel in scope 1 and 2) from melt to cast. SSAB practices market-based emission factors for the electricity used and may secure fossil-free electricity through electricity guarantees of origin. Fossil fuels remain in the ground as SSAB has implemented a system to manage and ensure the correct source and use of alternatives connected to the production of SSAB Zero™. Only recycled steel is used as a raw material, which means SSAB Zero™ supports the circular economy. SSAB does not engage in carbon emission offsetting activities.
Other partners are also using SSAB Zero™. Read more on why and how.
SSAB Zero™ is steel made from recycled steel. It has near zero emissions during steel production, without mass balancing allocation of emission reduction or carbon emission offsetting.
SSAB Zero™ is a near zero-emission steel in ironmaking, steelmaking and rolling, but not completely fossil-free, as the raw material is scrap. The recycled steel was originally produced with coal and fossil fuels.
The first step in making SSAB Zero™ is to feed the electric arc furnace (EAF) with scrap. Heat is generated from an electric arc between electrodes. Oxygen is blown into the furnace, and lime and slag foamers are added to combine with the impurities and form slag. Molten iron is extracted and poured out via a tapping spout. Across the entire process, only fossil-free electricity and fuels will be used – resulting in SSAB Zero™ steel as the end-product.
The first launch of SSAB Zero™ steel products will commence in 2023 and the order of product roll-out will be defined by the requests from our customers. It is SSAB’s ambition to have a large range of our steel grades available. Your sales contact will be able to advise more specifically about your business needs.
The primary advantage of SSAB Zero™ is that it is a steel that has created near zero carbon emissions from fossil fuels in SSAB’s own operations. It leaves fossil fuels in the ground; this means that you and your end-users become part of an emission-free value-chain. The only disadvantage of SSAB Zero steel is that start-up production costs are higher, making it more expensive to produce and so it has a higher cost price.
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