Project feasibility

In order to give you the means to decide to carry on with your project, we examine the feasibility each potential improvement represents, from a technical and economic viewpoint. Indeed, all is not feasible or advisable. An unsolvable technical issue or an oversized budget may lead to a project being abandoned or re-qualified.

A feasibility study consists in:

  • Identifying the most efficient technical solution
  • Integrating it into the production process and adapting it to its operational constraints (production flow, process control, maintenance requirements, …)
  • Assessing the implementation budget
  • Assessing potential energy savings as well as future energy performance
  • Identifying financing levers.

Example: production of superheated water from the fumes of an electric arc furnace.

The fumes of an arc furnace are one of the main sources of energy loss in an electric steelworks. The challenge is as high as 18 MW!
- Fumes are usually cooled down to 300°C (by cooled ducts and tempering tower) before entering the air treatment system (filtering and cleaning)
- The constraints are as follows:  uneven emissions of fumes, high concentration of hot fumes in abrasive particles, need to limit the recovery system losses, need to design a system which can be isolated from the main stream.

The solution recommended by CMI : an abrasion-resisting exchanger + a bypass sized to withstand 800°C + a water-storage tank + a system to regulate outlet water at 120°C.

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Benefit: production of 18 MW superheated water to feed a city network close by.

Should you want to do the same in your own company or should you have a similar project and would like to assess its feasibility, do not hesitate to contact us.
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