Initial situation The demand for natural gas in German iron and steel production is around 20.8 TWh. This corresponds to […]
AeroRef – Reduction of energy demand in heating furnaces by new combination of aerogel and refractory
- Initial situation
- Despite continuous improvements in thermal insulation in industrial furnaces, heat losses through the furnace walls are unavoidable
- Reduction of heat losses directly results in economic and, in most cases, also ecological advantages (reduction of CO2 emissions)
- Project goals
- First-time combination of aerogel and refractory materials with efficiency improvements in primary energy use in industrial furnaces
- Reduction of fossil energy demand and CO2 emissions
- Innovative approaches
- Creation of a novel composite material of aerogel and refractory with reduction in thermal conductivity of heat-insulating furnace components.
- Potential benefits to industry
- Reduction of heat losses from industrial furnaces, resulting in improved process efficiency and reduced energy use
- Depending on the installation and utilization situation, minimization of heat storage losses can also be implemented
Funding source: German Federal Ministry of Education and Climate Protection (The joint project is a research project under the 7th Energy Research Program).
Duration: 01.10.2019 – 30.03.2023