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Energy Efficient Coil Coating Process

Energy Efficient Coil Coating Process

Objective

Coil coating is an important industrial process applied in a major part of industrial steel and metal alloy production and associated with big facilities and large primary energy consumption. A major part of the overall plant size and the energy demand of coil coating facilities is associated with the drying/curing process that occur inside a curing oven, which is the bottleneck concerning the increase of the production capacity. In this drying/curing process, organic solvents are vaporized from the applied liquid coating film and since they are flammable, the usually applied curing ovens with convective air drying technology have to be operated far below the Low Explosive Limit (LEL), due to safety constraints. ECCO proposes a novel solution for the curing oven operation, which can not only drastically increase the compactness and energetic efficiency of the system, but leads to an increased production flexibility due to a fuel-flexible, modular and potentially energetically self-sustainable process. The main idea is to heat the metal strip by IR-radiation and operate the curing oven well above the Upper Explosive Limit (UEL), thus, performing the drying and curing process in an atmosphere mainly consisting of the solvent vapours, which are used as fuel in IR radiant porous burners. This solution leads to a size/ production capacity ratio reduction of 70% and a reduction of investment and operating costs of at least 40% each. Starting from previous activities at TRL 4, an interdisciplinary approach is foreseen, based on advanced-materials, combustion technology and prediction tools for system design/optimization, with active participation of key industrial stakeholders, to bring this technology to TRL 6 and realize a prototype furnace at industrially relevant size and environment.
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Coordinator

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Address

Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 114 125

Participants (11)

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GoGaS Goch GmbH & Co. KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 1 509 852,75

GLOBUS SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 1 605 625

AKZO NOBEL INDUSTRIAL COATINGS AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 378 703,50

SCUOLA UNIVERSITARIA PROFESSIONALE DELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 412 100

ENGICER SA

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 337 832,25

European Research Institute of Catalysis A.I.S.B.L.

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 403 917,50

FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 351 562,50

COLOROBBIA CONSULTING SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 527 729,13

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 508 525

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 502 130

THYSSENKRUPP STEEL EUROPE AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 197 926,75

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 768692

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 October 2017

  • End date

    30 September 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.5.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 9 803 316,25

  • EU contribution

    € 7 850 029,38

Coordinated by:

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Germany