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Decarb Europe highlights examples of electromagnetic processes
21 Sep 2017

In May 2017, the European Copper Institute (ECI) published Decarb Europe - Connecting technologies for a cleaner future. This report is a call for action, demonstrating there are mature and competitive technologies which can support European efforts to reach COP21 GHG targets while improving energy performances.

Energy management is the 1st section of this report.

 The introduction describes electromagnetic process. There, we learn that most electro-heat technologies generate heat within the target material, leading to advantages in terms of process control and end-use energy efficiency. Typically, we cab observe a factor 2 improvement in end-use efficiency, depending on the process. This means that electromagnetic processing can potentially halve the final energy demand for EU process heat which is 20% of final energy demand in the EU.

Decarb Europe provides 3 examples of industrial use of electomagnetic processes:

- Induction heating in Porcelanosa company (ES).  Porcelanosa produces ceramic tiles. With the innovative furnace, the ceramics manufacturer saved 75% on energy and tripled its production output.

- Electric furnace in Arcelor-Mittal (FR). On its site of  Saint-Chély, Arcelor-Mittal produces highgrade non-grain oriented (NGO) electrical steel strips. The strip is heated up to 1,100°C by means of inductors and electrical heating elements. The high reliability of teh process enables to rech teh best quality material production.

- Infrared oven in beverage company (UK). Glass bottles require pre-heating before being filled; the new medium wave infrared system has proved very successful, providing energy savings at the rate of £10,000 per year and has enabled important production process improvements.

 

More information on these three cases are available in on p. 18-19 of the Decarb Europe report. Decarb Europe report - Electromagnetic process section.

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