June 5 – 10, 2022
Energy and resource efficiency are today key elements for the European industry. More specifically, the metallurgical industry is energy and resource-intensive, mostly located in big centralized plants, and it is today responsable for a large number of carbon emissions. While a big plant allows for stability in productivity, it also makes the process less adaptable towards innovative units/systems developed for more efficient use of energy and resources. Therefore, the future decarbonization targets might not be met without the development of new flexible and innovative technologies and strategies. In this context, the goal of the H2020 project CIRMET (innovative and efficient solution, based on modular, versatile, and smart process units for energy and resource flexibility in highly energy-intensive processes) is to develop and validate an innovative and flexible circular solution for energy and resource efficiency in a metallurgical plant, that can also be replicable to other sectors of the process industry. The proposed circular model, represented in Figure 1, is composed of three units: (1) a metallurgical furnace for the recovery of valuable metals from industrial metallurgical residues and by-products, (2) a unit for heat recovery from the furnace’s exhaust gases, and (3) a digital platform for the optimization of the whole process. The substitution of metallurgical coke (based on fossil carbon) with biobased material (Biochar) is also investigated, aiming at future carbon neutral emissions for energy intensive industries.
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Giovanna Sauve, Mikel Merchán, Muriel Marchand, David Eguizabal, Maider García De Cortázar, and Karel Van Acker, "Environmental and economic analysis to evaluate the valorization process of metallurgical waste and by‐products" in "WasteLCA_3: Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment For Waste Management And Resource Optimization", Umberto Arena, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Italy; Thomas Astrup, University of Denmark, Denmark Eds, ECI Symposium Series, (2022). https://dc.engconfintl.org/lca_waste_3/22