Types of Energy used in a Steel Plants and Energy Conservation...

Types of Energy used in a Steel Plants and Energy Conservation Energy is needed to do any work. Energy can be in the form of potential energy or it can be in the form kinetic energy. Potential energy is stored energy and for doing the work it is to be released from the storage.  Common example of potential energy are fuel energy, chemical energy and  pressure energy etc. Kinetic energy is energy due to motion and example of kinetic energy is electric energy which is the movement of electrons. Energy conservation activities are the efforts made towards reduction in energy consumption for doing a work. These efforts can be in the form of reduction of energy wastages, recovery and recycling of waste energy, and/or by improving the energy efficiency of the processes. Various forms of energy used in an integrated steel plant are described below.  Fuel energy Fuel energy is the potential energy which constitutes the major component of all the form of energies used in the steel plant. Fuel energy is used in the form of primary fuels and the byproduct fuels. Primary fuels used in steel plant are (i) solid fuels, (ii) liquid fuels, and (iii) gaseous fuels. Byproduct fuels are mainly coke oven gas recovered during coking process of metallurgical coals, blast furnace gas recovered from blast furnace during the production of hot metal, converter gas recovered during the production of steel in the basic oxygen furnace process, and coal tar fuel produced during the cleaning of the raw coke oven gas produced while coking of the metallurgical coals. Solid fuels used in the steel plant are coal and/or coke. Solid fuels constitute the highest percentage of energy consumed in steel plant. Both metallurgical (coking) coals and non coking coals are...

Energy Efficiency and Iron and Steel Production Sep09

Energy Efficiency and Iron and Steel Production...

Energy Efficiency and Iron and Steel Production  In the recent years, the need for a more rational and efficient use of energy has emerged as a strategic and urgent issue. Such a necessity is particularly perceived in the iron and steel production, not only because of the increasing costs of energy, but also as a consequence of the competition, which stresses some features of the process and its final products (e.g. cost and quality). Also, the rational use of the energy resource may be regarded as a twofold issue, a first aspect being related to the achieved consciousness of the limited availability of energy, regarded as a source, and the second being represented by a mature appreciation of the costs born to procure energy. Globally, ever increasing consumption of energy has gone hand in hand with rising concerns about its conservation. Apart from being expensive and prone to sudden price fluctuations, the overwhelming majority of energy sources are non renewable. Therefore, the conservation of energy is considered vital not just to avoid wastage of a precious resource, but also to slow down the rapid depletion of coal, oil, and natural gas resources. However, with the environmental movement gaining ground in the past 30 years, the ramifications of unsustainable energy use are no longer confined to economics alone. As the bulk of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are a result of fossil fuel burning, conservation of energy is today intrinsically linked to the climate question. As halting fossil fuel use is not an option without the viability of alternative sources, the only way to reduce energy use and manage emissions is therefore to maximize its efficiency. Since the iron and steel industry presents one of the most energy intensive sectors within the economy of any country,...

Wind Power Feb14

Wind Power

Wind Power Wind is a form of solar energy. Winds are caused by the uneven heating of the atmosphere by the sun, the irregularities of the earth’s surface, and rotation of the earth. Wind flow patterns are modified by the earth’s terrain, bodies of water, and vegetative cover. Wind energy is the kinetic energy of air in motion. This wind energy can be harvested. Wind power is the conversion of this wind energy into a useful form of energy, such as electrical power by using wind turbines, mechanical power by using wind mills, pumping or drainage of water by wind pumps and as sails to propel ships. Wind energy is a renewable or non-conventional source of energy. This is clean and non polluting energy source. It is available in large amounts in many parts of the world. It does not generate any greenhouse gasses during the production of electricity. The total amount of economically extractable power available from the wind is very high.  Axel Kleidon of the Max Planck Institute in Germany carried out a ‘top down’ calculation on how much wind energy there is, starting with the incoming solar radiation that drives the winds by creating temperature differences in the atmosphere. He concluded that somewhere between 18 TW and 68 TW (Terawatt which is one trillion watts) could be extracted. Cristina Archer and Mark Z. Jacobson presented a ‘bottom-up’ estimate based on actual measurements of wind speeds. As per this estimate there is 1700 TW of wind power available at an altitude of 100 meters over land and sea. Out of this available power, between 72 and 170 TW could be extracted in a practical and cost competitive manner. They later estimated it to be 80 TW. However research at Harvard university estimates 1 Watt/Sq m on an average and...