Objectives and Method


The objective of this dissemination project is to review the most important European RFCS and Horizon projects as well as international literature related to “heating technology research results for emission minimization and process optimization towards todays fossil-free heating agenda” in the field of downstream steel processing carried out in the last 25 years. In this context past successful technologies are identified and re-evaluated with respect to impact on current and future questions for green steel processing.

Past Research is to be analysed which results and finding are relevant for current and future aspects like improving product quality and avoiding greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE) as past projects and work in the field of stell processing focussed on different aspects like product quality, high temperature oxidation, emissions like NOx, process control and efficiency to decrease CO2 output.

Therefore, a special emphasize in this RFCS project resides on the consideration of transferring the research results to other application scenarios. This dissemination project will rigorously analyse, how the past research aspects with large impact can be effectively transferred within the same plant and also to other plants.

The information about the transferability is available especially in many RFCS and Horizon project reports, as it has always been vital part of the project considerations. Nevertheless, although other dissemination activities have taken place, the specific information of heating processes in downstream steel processing has not been evaluated in much detail and in such a scope before.

Our Method

To analyse research and science projects in a structured and logic way we decided to separate the heterogenous research projects and aspects into topics. Additionally, we classify the topics, findings and results within each topic to highlight their impact and relevance for a future research roadmap in steel processing.

dissHEAT Topics

  • Heating and burner technology; alternative heating methods; electrical heating
  • Measurement and sensors, measurement-based furnace control (level 1); standards, regulations State of the art
  • Modelling of entire furnace, model based predictive control (level 2)
  • Materials in the furnace and product quality
  • Heat transfer, heat recovery, productivity, economy

For each Topic the state of the art is analysed and best available technology reports are reviewed. A cross-thematic concept on best available technologies is then drawn up. The findings and analysis results are shared and promoted to experts in industry and research. Additionally, they are discussed with these experts in a dissHEAT-seminar-series, planned in May 2023. On this basis a roadmap for future research in industrial heating is set up. This roadmap is then topic of the dissHEAT workshop planned in June 2023. In this workshop experts from industry and research are invited to discuss the future research gaps to develop a final roadmap with research needs in the field of industrial heating for the stell industry. All results are reported in the deliverables of this project.