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Future Heating of Industrial Furnaces

Many people view climate change as the biggest threat to mankind. Technical and social efforts will be required to meet the goals, formulated in the “Paris Climate Agreement,” to limit global warming to less than 35.6° F (2° C).

Combustion of fossil fuels is by far the largest human contribution to global warming. Fossil fuel-fired power plants and internal combustion engines are already in the public focus. The transformation to alternative drives for vehicles has just started, and the days of coal-fired power plants are numbered.

Combustion of fossil fuels for industrial furnaces is also a large contributor to greenhouse gases and air pollution. The industrial heating sector is not in the public focus yet, but that will change soon; therefore the topic should be addressed proactively.

For mid- to long-term future industrial process heating, there are three main scenarios:

heating with renewable electricity, or
heating with non-fossil fuels, or
a combination of both.
Humans used non-fossil fuels for hundreds of thousands of years and are returning to that habit after a short period of about 250 years where fossil fuels were primarily used.

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Exhibitor: WS-Wärmeprozesstechnik GmbH

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