Mill-to-Melt Energy Efficiency Opportunities

Authored by: Sheila Devasahayam

Sustainability in the Mineral and Energy Sectors

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  September  2016

Print ISBN: 9781498733021
eBook ISBN: 9781315369853
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This chapter aims to provide an overview of energy saving options in metal production processes. It is hoped that the information will benefit industrialists, students, researchers, metallurgists, and policy makers. Mining companies serious about both cost control and improving productivity globally need to focus on energy efficiency measures. The mineral sector consumes a lot of energy and resources. The cost of energy, especially electricity is rising sharply, in addition to the uncertainties surrounding supply. Many large well-established mining and minerals operations are doing brilliant work to reduce energy consumption and reliance on fossil fuels in their operations, with a greater focus on the efficiency of their equipment and process design. Energy savings are identified through process optimization of different plant systems using a holistic approach that considers all the major plant processes and systems, that is, mill-to-melt processes, and treats all these elements as part of one interlinked system that needs to function optimally.

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