Volvo unveils world’s first load carrier made of fossil fuel-free steel in a bid to reduce the 68 million tons of CO2 mining trucks produce each year

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  • There’s a massive load carrier at the top of the truck, which Volvo says is ideal for mining and quarrying
  • The truck was built using hydrogen breakthrough ironmaking instead of steel
  • This process replaces fossil fuels in both the manufacture of iron pellets and the carbon purification process.

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Volvo on Wednesday unveiled the world’s first truck made from fossil fuel-free steel to cut emissions, the amount of water and hazardous waste used to make building materials.

The four wheeled, autonomous vehicle is fully electric, with a massive load carrier at the top making it ideal for quarrying and mining.

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Manufactured from fossil fuel free steel using Hydrogen Breakthrough Ironmaking Technology (HYBRIT), which uses electricity from renewable sources to create a clean burning gas.

With this process, hydrogen replaces fossil fuels in both the manufacture of iron pellets and the carbon purification process.

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The eco-friendly steel used to build Volvo was developed by SSAB, a Swedish firm that specializes in making steel from raw materials.

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Volvo on Wednesday unveiled the world’s first truck made from fossil fuel-free steel to cut emissions, the amount of water and hazardous waste used to make building materials.

SSAB President and CEO Martin Lindquist said Statement: ‘To be the world’s first real vehicle built using SSAB’s fossil-free steel is a true milestone. Our collaboration with the Volvo Group shows that the green transition is possible and brings results.

‘Together, we will continue to reduce the climate impact for the end customer by ensuring that our customers receive high quality steel. We look forward to continuing to work with the Volvo Group in research and development to produce more fossil-free steel products.’

The company’s CEO Martin Lundstedt unveiled the Volvo truck at a press conference in Copenhagen , where he described it as an ideal machine for picking up and transporting materials around a pre-programmed route, Forbes Report.

“This initiative together with the SSAB sets the benchmark for a fossil-free future,” said Lundstedt.

Manufactured from fossil fuel free steel using Hydrogen Breakthrough Ironmaking Technology (HYBRIT), which uses electricity from renewable sources to create a clean burning gas.

Manufactured from fossil fuel free steel using Hydrogen Breakthrough Ironmaking Technology (HYBRIT), which uses electricity from renewable sources to create a clean burning gas.

‘Just as the nations of the world come together at COP26 to address climate change, organizations and industries must work together to develop innovative new solutions for a greenhouse gas emission-free future.

‘The Volvo Group is committed to such pioneering partnerships with SSAB to develop attractive, safe and efficient new vehicles and machines that pave the way for a more sustainable transport and infrastructure system to be adopted for the future.’

The vehicle is not only autonomous, but it is emission free.

according to researchers Rocky Mountain InstituteTraditional mining trucks consume approximately 900,000 liters of diesel per year and comprise up to 50 percent of the total energy use of the mines.

In total, mining trucks emit 68 million tons of CO2 per year, which is equivalent to the total greenhouse gas footprint of Finland or New Zealand.

The eco-friendly steel used to build Volvo was developed by SSAB, a Swedish firm that specializes in making steel from raw materials.

The eco-friendly steel used to build Volvo was developed by SSAB, a Swedish firm that specializes in making steel from raw materials.

The unveiling follows a call by the International Energy Agency in May to end investments in new coal mines, oil and gas wells.

The move is a plea to stop the use of fossil fuels by 2050 with any chance of limiting global warming to 2.7F or 1.5C.

Fatih Birol, executive director of the IEA, said the change would create millions of new jobs and spur economic growth around the world.

He added: ‘The scale and speed of the efforts demanded by this important and formidable goal – our best chance of tackling climate change and limiting global warming to 1.5C – make it perhaps the greatest challenge facing mankind.’

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