Sustainable conceptual process design for a primary steel plant

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Hamid Ghanbari, Mikko Helle, Henrik Saxén
Editors: n/a
Place: Québec
Publication year: 2015
Publisher: Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum
Book title: 54th Annual Conference of Metallurgists hosting America's Conference on Aluminum Alloys
Start page: 1
End page: 12
eISBN: 978-1-926872-32-2


In this study, a process integration approach in a primary steelmaking is investigated to evaluate future operation concepts of a steelmaking site considering sustainability issues. Mathematical programming is used to study the integration of the steel plant with chemical units for utilization of available off-gases in the system, and carbon capturing and sequestration unit. Different industrial carbon utilization options are considered to find the best route of development. A multi-period optimization model is developed based on site-wide mass and energy balances by considering the availability of the fuels and by-product gases and their consumption in the production system and a conceptual polygeneration system. The objective is to reach maximum economic profit while environmental aspects of integrated system are considered for different fuel systems, alternative blast furnace reductants and implementation of new process technologies. The model can provide useful information concerning techno-environmental and economic aspects for decision-making and can estimate optimal operational condition of current and future primary steelmaking under alternative scenarios. The results of the work illustrate the potential to develop steelmaking towards more sustainable operation in the future.

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