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ecoMetals Forum „Green thermoprocess technology” starts

Tog­e­ther with the VDMA and FOGI, the IOB is orga­ni­zing the eco­Me­tals Forum “Green ther­mopro­cess tech­no­lo­gy”. The forum high­lights the impact of cli­ma­te tar­gets and the ener­gy tran­si­ti­on on ther­mopro­cess tech­no­lo­gy. The focus is on ener­gy poli­cy frame­work con­di­ti­ons, rese­arch and inno­va­ti­on, and examp­les of cli­ma­te-fri­end­ly solu­ti­ons. The event will take place on June 12, 2023, as part of the Thermpro­cess trade fair in Düsseldorf.

Achie­ving the cli­ma­te tar­gets and ener­gy tran­si­ti­on are major chal­lenges for ener­gy-inten­si­ve indus­tries. Ener­gy-inten­si­ve indus­tries are respon­si­ble for over 20% of total green­house gas emis­si­ons in the EU. Howe­ver, defos­si­liza­ti­on in ener­gy-inten­si­ve indus­tries is par­ti­cu­lar­ly chal­len­ging com­pared to many other sec­tors due to plant diver­si­ty, invest­ment and ener­gy cos­ts, and plant life­ti­mes. To achie­ve the goals of the Euro­pean Green Deal, ener­gy-inten­si­ve indus­tries must trans­form to redu­ce their green­house gas emis­si­ons while remai­ning com­pe­ti­ti­ve. Green ther­mopro­cess tech­no­lo­gy plays a key role in this.

The eco­Me­tals Forum “Green ther­mopro­cess tech­no­lo­gy” will focus on three aspects. First the ener­gy poli­cy frame­work con­di­ti­ons for ther­mopro­cess tech­no­lo­gy in chan­ging ener­gy mar­kets will be pre­sen­ted, the chal­lenges ari­sing from this and the role of ther­mopro­cess tech­no­lo­gy. Rese­arch and deve­lo­p­ment and inno­va­ti­ve strength are cru­cial for the trans­for­ma­ti­on of the indus­try. In this con­text, in the second part the cur­rent rese­arch acti­vi­ties of the Joint rese­arch for sus­tainable indus­tri­al fur­nace and ther­mopro­cess tech­no­lo­gy, Appli­ed ener­gy rese­arch and the Clus­ter Decar­bo­niza­ti­on in Indus­tries (CDI) will be pre­sen­ted. At this the importance of the­se pro­grams and net­works for the imple­men­ta­ti­on of inno­va­ti­ve pro­jects is high­ligh­ted. Spe­ci­fic examp­les of defos­si­liza­ti­on of ener­gy-inten­si­ve pro­ces­ses with elec­tric hea­ting using green elec­tri­ci­ty and hydro­gen com­bus­ti­on in ther­mopro­ces­sing plants will be pre­sen­ted. The focus will be on both the cur­rent and future poten­ti­al of indus­tri­al fur­nace con­s­truc­tion. It also dis­cus­ses how rene­wa­ble ener­gy can be used in ener­gy-inten­si­ve indus­tries using green ther­mopro­ces­sing technology.

In this con­text, it is important to break new ground and to actively help shape the struc­tu­ral chan­ge that is neces­sa­ry in terms of ener­gy and cli­ma­te poli­cy by net­wor­king the various acti­vi­ties. The Thermpro­cess trade fair in Düs­sel­dorf offers an excel­lent forum for this, espe­ci­al­ly for small and medi­um-sized enterprises.

The event will take place on June 12, 2023 in Hall 9 D74 of Mes­se Düs­sel­dorf and is free of char­ge. The IOB will host the event and pre­sent some of its pro­jects. The pro­gram­me can be view­ed here.