Final exploitation workshop for the SPIRE project REVaMP

Short­ly befo­re the end of the pro­ject, the most important results from the indi­vi­du­al work packa­ges and use cases were pre­sen­ted at a hybrid work­shop. The event took place on the pre­mi­ses of the Fraun­ho­fer Insti­tu­te for Laser Tech­no­lo­gy and was also broad­cast via live stream. A total of over 30 par­ti­ci­pan­ts were registered.

In Euro­pean pro­cess indus­tries, a huge amount of ener­gy and resour­ces are uti­li­zed to pro­du­ce lar­ge quan­ti­ties of mate­ri­al year­ly. In metal pro­duc­tion pro­ces­ses, the recy­cling of metal­lic scrap from end-of-life pro­ducts is envi­ron­men­tal­ly and eco­no­mic­al­ly bene­fi­ci­al. The use of recy­cled mate­ri­als as feedstock redu­ces resour­ce con­sump­ti­on and signi­fi­cant­ly cuts ener­gy con­sump­ti­on and CO2 emis­si­ons in metal ore reduction.

Howe­ver, metal-pro­du­cing faci­li­ties now face incre­asing varia­bi­li­ty in secon­da­ry raw mate­ri­als and ener­gy sources. In REVaMP dif­fe­rent plant retro­fit­ting solu­ti­ons have been deve­lo­ped: Scrap ana­ly­sis sen­sors for impro­ved in-line ana­ly­sis of metal scrap, opti­mal feedstock sel­ec­tion for mate­ri­al and ener­gy effi­ci­en­cy, scrap pre­hea­ting sys­tems to enhan­ce mel­ting ener­gy effi­ci­en­cy, and model-based soft­ware tools for opti­mal pro­cess moni­to­ring and control.

As part of the pro­ject, the IOB is respon­si­ble for the eco­lo­gi­cal eva­lua­ti­on of the retro­fit­ting solu­ti­ons. For this pur­po­se, exten­si­ve mate­ri­al flow ana­ly­ses and life cycle assess­ments were crea­ted in order to eva­lua­te the various use cases and their pro­ces­ses. In his pre­sen­ta­ti­on, Felix Kai­ser pre­sen­ted the metho­do­lo­gi­cal approa­ches, explai­ned the indi­vi­du­al pro­cess models and show­ed in the over­view of results which savings poten­ti­al can be achie­ved through the mea­su­res deve­lo­ped in the project.

The work­shop was fol­lo­wed by a short dis­cus­sion round and lunch break. After­wards, the­re was the oppor­tu­ni­ty to take part in a tour of the insti­tu­te, inclu­ding a visit to the laser labo­ra­to­ry, to see some of the sen­sors used in the pro­ject up clo­se. We would like to thank the orga­ni­zers and the par­ti­ci­pan­ts for the workshop.