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Creating value from waste in the steel industry: BFI is part of the new EU project ZHyRon

The aim of the EU-funded ZHyRON project is to develop a new process for recycling by-products from steel production based […]

Kick-off for direct reduction pilot plant

Together with thyssenkrupp Steel and the plant manufacturer TS Elino, the BFI has started work on the construction of the […]

4th project meeting DissHeat

On 26 October 2023, the 4th project meeting for the RFCS project “Valorisation and dissemination of the heating technology findings […]

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Our mission

We offer innovative ideas based on cutting-edge research which are translated into customized, operational solutions for the process industry. We see ourselves as a dynamic, customer-oriented and innovative partner for forward-looking innovative companies.

We strive for partnerships and projects in the following four fields which are of strategic importance for the BFI:

(1) Decarbonization and energy efficiency,
(2) Digitalization, Industry 4.0 and measurement technology,
(3) Circular economy,
(4) Process innovation and process optimization

Solutions

Adjustment of the fuel gas air ratio in the near stoichiometric range

Your goals: Efficient heat treatment of steel, non-ferrous metals, porcelain / ceramics Gas generation from natural gas Complete thermal post-combustion […]

Flushing process monitoring

Your goals: Monitoring and optimal control of gas flushing ladle treatments in secondary metallurgy Information on the amount of purge […]

New measuring instrument for the determination of the combustion technology properties of process, mixed and natural gases

Your goals: Efficient combustion of process, mixed and natural gases even in the case of changes in the fuel gas […]

DynAcid – Online concentration monitoring in pickling baths

Initial situation: The targeted adjustment of the optimum concentrations of free acid fractions and metals in industrial steel pickling baths […]

Projects

VEIK – Improvement of heat treatment and heating in industrial furnaces by new innovative ceramic hot gas fans

Background Usage of metallic fans in thermoprocessing plants is limited to approx. 600…800°C. Two types of furnaces are necessary for […]

EfficientELO – Energy and resource efficient electro-galvanizing of steel strip

Situation: Large amounts of zinc top dross occur as low-grade residues in the hot-dip galvanizing lines High ohmic power losses […]

MiningWater – Mining water recovery using innovative technologies for saving fresh water

Initial situation Conflicts of water use due to increasing water demand from population growth and industrial development combined with inadequate […]

WEISS – Efficient operation of cooling water circuits by integrated desalination at the example of the steel industry

Initial situation Use of 2.3 billion m3 / a of water across industries for cooling purposes in Germany Salting due […]

ROLLOILFREE – Cold rollers with oil-free lubricants

Situation: Oil-based lubricants are state-of-the-art in cold rolling of steel and hot rolling of aluminium. 2-phase character of emulsions and […]