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Improving Aluminum Plant Energy Efficiency
Posted Wed April 05, 2006 @01:32PM
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News Fluent will host an online event titled Improving the Energy Efficiency of a Secondary Aluminum Plant Through a Plantwide Assessment on April 13, 2006 from 10-11 am EDT.

This online seminar is intended to demonstrate how measurements and modeling can result in significant energy savings in a secondary aluminum plant.

Energy costs represent a significant cost of production for an aluminum plant. These energy costs are expected to rise at a much higher rate than any other cost for the plant in the near future.


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In an aluminum plant, energy is used in a variety of ways ranging from the combustion of natural gas for melting and heat treating to the use of electricity to run pumps, motors and compressors. A comprehensive approach is required in order to improve the total efficiency of the plant.

The recommended approach outlined in this webcast is split into two parts: first, a global approach that measures energy usage in mechanical equipment and second, a local approach that models the energy usage in combustion processes. You will learn how a systems level plantwide assessment (global approach) and detailed computational simulation of the combustion processes (local approach) can be used either separately or combined to improve your overall plant efficiency. It is expected that a plantwide assessment can reduce energy costs by up to 15%. These significant savings directly affect the bottom line for a typical aluminum plant.

At the end of this session attendees will:

  • Understand specifically how and why plantwide assessments can reduce energy costs
  • See which measurements of systems energy use can lead to immediate energy savings
  • Gain insight on the benefit of furnace modeling and how it can be used to improve the operation efficiency of the furnace

There will be a brief question and answer session following the presentation.

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