By Nick Gilbert
ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe has secured ISO 50001 certification from TÜV Nord. This certificate officially confirms that ThyssenKrupp strictly adheres to energy efficiency.
The audit that was conducted in all production facilities, namely Finnentrop, Ferndorf, Eichen, Dortmund, Duisburg and Bochum, was finished in six months. Thus, the company is taking a revolutionary role.
The company actively supports European efforts in order to enhance energy efficiency. On the other hand, it is concerned over certain areas of future legislation. For instance, plans have been made to set absolute energy saving target areas throughout the board and this will specifically impact firms such as ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe. Therefore, a sense of proportion should be applied by legislators to employ the European necessities.
ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe will continue to enhance its current energy efficiency campaigns and will introduce new projects. Further, it has been planned to recover unwanted heat from walking beam furnace 6 installed at the hot rolling mill 2 located in Duisburg.
The company will supply heat to approximately 20,000 households and thus is the main contributor to the Ruhr’s district heat networks. It utilizes waste heat internally in production methods as well as to heat its own buildings.
Modern technologies help preserve resources and save energy. Regenerative burners when utilized in the hot rolling mills considerably decrease the consumption of gas in the pusher furnaces.
Heat energy in waste gas is directly stored and fed to the burner that enables additional reductions in carbon dioxide emission and power consumption. A new software system is being deployed by the company in order to expand the precision of energy flows. It allows the company’s facilities to monitor and assess their usage and therefore find the possibility for savings.
Additionally, the EMS is a part of the company’s efforts to increase cost efficiency.