Korea Energy Research Institute holds a special session on ‘Industrial Process Heat Energy to Electrification’
Discussion on conversion and development direction of thermal energy using carbon-free power sources
[에너지신문] Electrification technology, which is considered a major trend in the energy system paradigm shift along with decarbonization, digitalization, and decentralization, is a key means of achieving carbon neutrality.
In the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Net Zero-Emission 2050 scenario, the global carbon dioxide reduction (cumulative) due to electrification accounts for approximately 20% of the total reduction, and the proportion of reduction due to electrification is 27% by 2050. It is expected to expand.
However, thermal energy supply facilities used in domestic industrial processes currently rely on fossil fuels, and in order to achieve the country’s greenhouse gas reduction goal, it is essential to switch to facilities that utilize carbon-free power sources, especially new and renewable energy.
In addition, in order to respond to the carbon border adjustment of developed countries and the carbon footprint system of global companies, the development and distribution of thermal energy conversion technology is very important.
Accordingly, the Korea Institute of Energy Research, co-hosted with the Korean Society of Facilities Engineers, held a special session on ‘Development of core technologies for conversion of industrial process heat energy to electricity for small and medium-sized enterprises’ at the ST Center in Seoul on the 24th.
In this special session, experts from industry, academia, and research related to thermal energy conversion to electricity were attended, the current status of related technology development was shared, and the direction of industry development and ways to promote technology distribution were discussed.
Regarding the steel industry, which is a representative industry in emitting greenhouse gases in Korea, Dr. Lee Hu-kyung of the Korea Energy Research Institute introduced ‘Electrification conversion of the horizontal continuous steel plate annealing furnace equipment process’ and Professor Jaewon Jeong of Korea University introduced ‘Design technology in the continuous steel plate annealing furnace’. did.
Regarding the oil refining and chemical industries, which are another greenhouse gas emitting industry, Professor Seong Soo-hwan of Kyungpook National University gave a presentation on ‘Development status and application cases of domestically produced advanced automation software for the chemical industry’, and Professor Kyung-hwan Yoo of Suncheon National University gave a presentation on ‘Due to the conversion of distillation reboilers to electricity. He gave a presentation on ‘Control Design’, followed by Dr. Seong Young-hoon of the Korea Institute of Energy Research who explained ‘Status of SiC development for industrial heat equipment electrification conversion’.
Dr. Dong-Woo Cho of the Korea Energy Research Institute, who chaired the special session, said, “In response to the carbon border tax and carbon footprint system that are being introduced or promoted mainly in advanced countries such as the EU and the United States, the development and distribution of technology for electrification of industrial heat equipment is being carried out by domestic mid-sized and small-sized companies. “We will be able to support industries,” he said. “Such technical support is very meaningful for small and medium-sized industries that are complaining of a lack of funds, manpower, technology, and facilities to respond to new environmental changes.”
Kim Yoon-ja, CEO of Samwoo Eco Co., Ltd., who is developing technology for electrification of steel annealing furnaces, said, “As domestic and foreign steel companies are seeking solutions to regulations such as carbon taxes, we believe that it will be possible to distribute related facilities to domestic and overseas markets once the technology development is completed.” explained.
In addition, Kim Byeong-guk, CEO of Jeonjin Entech, a specialized chemical equipment manufacturer, said, “We are developing new chemical internal components for small and medium-sized chemical plants to respond to the rapidly increasing demand for improved efficiency of already distributed distillation columns.”
Meanwhile, this event is part of the research project ‘Development and demonstration of core technologies for conversion of industrial process heat energy to electricity (participation of 10 organizations including Energy Research Institute, Samwoo Eco, Jinjin & Tech, and KOCAB)’, which is being carried out with support from the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning. It was carried out as part of
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