While oxyfuel has been in use in the metals industry for decades, recent advances now make the technology more valuable than ever for improving the efficiency of combustion processes. In particular, flameless and semi-flameless oxyfuel combustion systems have been proven to boost the productivity of furnaces for melting aluminum by 30% or more.
Of course, the demand for aluminum is growing along with need for more fuel-efficient vehicles and lightweight aerospace components. In addition, global supply uncertainties heighten the need for more aluminum recycling to meet emerging market demands. New oxyfuel technology can give secondary aluminum processors the capacity and flexibility they need to adapt and profit in a rapidly changing market environment.
This whitepaper reviews the role of oxyfuel in melting and discusses how recent advances in the technology can successfully address emerging environmental and productivity issues.