Brussels – 27 January 2013 – According to a study conducted by the Leibniz University-Hannover and the Copper Alliance, the five biggest energy-intensive industrial branches in Europe have the potential to save more than 5 billion tons of CO2. They can do this by switching from fossil energy to 100% electricity for heat production. The technology needed for this switch is available through electromagnetic processing of materials (EPM). The significant CO2 savings can be achieved thanks to the ever-increasing contribution of renewable sources to electricity generation in Europe, in combination with the inherent efficiency of EPM technologies.
Because energy-intensive industries rely on fossil energy, they have significant CO2 emissions. The present study investigated the potential CO2 savings for different transition scenarios for 2050. The scenarios take into account energy-intensive industrial thermal processes that offer the biggest future potential in terms of reducing carbon emissions and saving energy. According to this, the following industrial sectors were identified: chemicals; iron and steel; glass, pottery, and building materials; paper and printing; and non-ferrous metals. These five selected industry sectors are responsible for about 70% of the overall energy consumption of European industries.
From the case studies, it was discovered that just 10 processes in the five biggest energy-intensive industrial branches in Europe could save from 4 to more than 5 billion tons of CO2 by 2050. They can do this by switching to 100% electrically powered industrial processes. The technology needed for this switch is available through electromagnetic processing of materials (EPM). The significant CO2 savings can be obtained because of the high efficiency of EPM processes and the increasing contribution of renewable energy sources to electricity generation in Europe. The highest savings can be reached for the glass, pottery, and building materials industry (up to 2.7 billion tons of CO2 between now and 2050). More information is available in the full report.
A slideshow is available at http://www.slideshare.net/sustenergy/european-16972013.
About the report
The report can be downloaded at Leonardo Energy under ‘Further Reading’ (www.leonardo-energy.org/scope-electricity-carbon-saving-eu-through-use-epm-technologies).
The report The Scope for Electricity & Carbon Saving in the EU through the use of EPM Technologies is a publication developed by the Leibniz University-Hannover for UIE and the Copper Alliance. The study was performed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Egbert Baake and Dipl. Wirtsch.-Ing. Bernhard Ubbenjans from the Institute of Electrotechnology, Leibniz University-Hannover.
For more information, contact:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Egbert Baake
Institut für Elektroprozesstechnik
Tel.: +49 (0) 511 762-3248
e-mail: [email protected]
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