Scientific Publications

The Aluminium Industry: A Review on State-of-the-Art Technologies, Environmental Impacts and Possibilities for Waste Heat Recovery

 

D. Brough, H. Jouhara

 

Aluminium is becoming more frequently used across industries due to its beneficial properties, generally within an alloyed form. This paper outlines the entire production process of aluminium from ore to the finished metallic alloy product. In addition, the article looks at the current state of the art technologies used in each discrete process step. Particular interest is directed towards casting technologies and secondary recycling as the relative proportion of recycled aluminium is increasing dramatically and aluminium is much more energy efficient to recycle than to produce through primary methods. Future developments within the industries are discussed, in particular inert anode technology. Aluminium production is responsible for a large environmental impact and the gaseous emissions and solid residue by-products are discussed. In addition to the environmental impact, the industry is highly energy intensive and releases a large proportion of energy to atmosphere in the form of waste heat. One method of reducing energy consumption and decreasing the environmental impact of emissions is by installing waste heat recovery technology. Applied methods to reduce energy consumption are examined, with a latter focus on potential applications within the industry for waste heat recovery technologies.

European and National regulatory frameworks and policies on Energy Efficiency in Industry: case studies of Italy and the UK

 
J. Malinauskaite , H. Jouhara, L. Ahmad, M. Milani, L. Montorsi and M. Venturelli
Pages 255-269
 
Energy efficiency, which is one of the pillars of the EU’s Energy Union strategy, has been proposed as a solution, namely as a highly effective pathway to improve economic competitiveness and sustainability of the European economy, lower emissions, reduce energy dependency and increase security of supply, and job creation. The paper reviews the EU strategies and policies on energy efficiency and argues that further focus should be placed on industrial energy efficiency. Despite a decline in energy consumption in recent years in industry, this sector is one of the largest users of energy in the EU. Therefore, the paper reviews the extent to which the European and national policies in the selected jurisdictions, such as Italy and the UK address energy efficiency in industry and whether there are any measures in place to promote it.
 
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Modelica model of industrial gas furnaces

 

I. Aranburu, B. Egilegor, I. Bonilla, J. Manzanedo, H. Gaztanaga

 

Modelica models for the prediction of the temperature of the load inside a walking basket type reheat furnace of the aluminium industry have been developed. The loads move through the furnace with discrete movements. Several library components have been developed using the Modelica Standard Fluid Library. In order to validate them a full 1D furnace simulation model has been built. It allows calculating the heat transfer through walls, the temperature and the composition of combustion gases, the temperature of the aluminium products, as well as the fumes flow and the pressure drops. The library provides the necessary resources for modelling this type of furnaces flexibly and quickly. The objective of the work is to validate Modelica as analyse tool for evaluating the different possibilities of heat recovery in this kind on furnaces.

 

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Developing a social media strategy for R&D in energy efficiency – a case study in progress

 

E. Bartlmae, L. Arboledas-Lérida, N. Hoeppner

 

Social Media platforms are increasingly receiving attention from scholars, as they are presumed to be both useful tools for undertaking professional assignments and a medium for engaging with large audiences and communities, within and outside academia. Additionally, these novel practices online need proper assessment and evaluation procedures. This paper aims to address the possibilities and challenges for niche research and development (R&D) projects in communicating their research via social media. The authors applied a seven-step social media strategy to an ongoing energy efficiency case study and discuss an online tool for monitoring the respective impact on social media.

 

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ETEKINA: Analysis of the potential for waste heat recovery in three sectors: aluminium low pressure die casting, steel sector and ceramic tiles manufacturing sector

 

B. Egilegor, H. Jouhara, J. Zuazua, F. Al-Mansour, K. Plesnik, L. Montorsi and L. Manzini

 

In the framework of the ETEKINA project, waste energy streams have been analysed at an aluminium automotive parts production facility in Spain, at a steel foundry in Slovenia and at a ceramic tile production unit in Italy. The aim is to recover more than 40% of the waste heat contained in the exhaust streams and reuse it within the industrial plant rather than emitting it to the atmosphere. To select the applications where the profitability of heat recovery can be demonstrated, the flow rates and temperatures of the applicable exhaust streams have been measured and analysed to select the processes for waste heat recovery and it’s re-used in the three industrial plants. The demonstration of the cost-effective waste heat recovery is to be made by using Heat Pipe Heat Exchangers (HPHEs) and the processes whereby the heat recovery installations will be erected have already been selected. HPHEs were selected as a heat recovery technology due to their advantages and key features over convectional heat exchangers considering space restrictions, pressure drop limitations, and other waste stream challenges. The challenges include high temperature of the waste and the heat sink streams, fluctuations in the waste stream flow rate and temperature, presence of corrosive moisture such as sulphuric acid in the waste stream, and the presence of particles in the waste stream which can cause fouling leading to failure of convectional technologies. Furthermore, HPHEs are maintenance-free and can have payback period of less than three years.

 

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