Our scientific commitment goes far beyond the mere further development of our products. It is the big issues that move us: energy transition, green gases and consistent minimization of pollutants.
Thanks to decades of close cooperation with renowned scientific institutions as well as outstanding results from completed research projects, WS enjoys an excellent reputation with all project sponsors and research funders and is a sought-after advisor in the preparation of policy direction decisions.
In the BMWi project "ReOrgAl", WS is investigating the potential of FLOX® technology in relation to the use of low calorific fuels with fluctuating compositions from the thermal pretreatment of recycled and organically contaminated aluminum scrap. The overall objective of the project is to increase energy and resource efficiency and process optimization in recycling processes in the aluminum industry.
A comprehensive project description with project objectives and methodology can be found on the project coordinator's website:
The aim of the "FLOX-2" research project is the development of an innovative combustion system that will allow for the FLOX® technology to be used at process temperatures below 850°C. In process firing, multi-stage flameless combustion will enable the flexible substitution of fossil fuels with LCV fuels, waste gases or synthetic ("green") fuels, such as hydrogen, methane or ammonia, and thus a significant reduction in anthropogenic CO2 emissions. Due to the configuration of the combustion system not only the thermal NOx formation but also the formation of fuel NO can be significantly abated. Further information on the project can be found on the project-specific website of our project partner, the Departement for Industrial Furnaces and Heat Engineering at RWTH Aachen University:
The object of research in the "Hybrid Jet Tube" project is to test a hybrid heating system for thermoprocessing plants. Hybrid here means the use of fuel gas and electrical energy. The electricity comes preferably from renewable energy sources. If there is surplus electricity from renewable sources in the power grid, it is possible to switch from gas heating to electric heating. In this way, the plant can be heated in a CO₂-neutral manner and an overload of the power grid can be prevented.
Modified flame tubes were installed in a classic radiant tube. The electric heating coil was arranged helically on the flame tube. A ceramic recuperative burner is used for gas heating. During the project, the hybrid jet tube was able to demonstrate its technical feasibility. Preparations for industrial testing of the hybrid radiant tube have been largely completed. In conclusion, the hybrid radiant tube can already be used today to respond to the volatile supply on the energy market. In terms of price and CO₂ balance, the more favorable heating variant can be selected in each case.
Extension of the application limits of FLOX® technology for small and large burner inputs.
Project Homepage: www.eu-projects.de
Flameless combustion conditions and efficiency improvement of single- and multi-burner-FLOX furnaces in relation to changes in fuel and oxidizer composition
Ceramic Heat Exchangers with Enhanced Material Properties, CEREXPRO
Development of a combustion process for coal power generation, free of CO2 emissions.
Extension of the expected life of parts used in corrosive, thermal and mechanical challenging environments up to 1200 °C.
Dynamic Behavior of a Multi-Burner Excess Enthalpy Combustion System (MEEC) for Industrial Process Furnacess
Engineered ceramic components for the reduction of energy use in thermal processing applications with highly intensive gas recirculation at higher temperatures.
Reduction of energy use and emissions in glass melting using recuperative air preheat.
New Burner Technology for Low Grade Biofuels to Supply Clean Energy for Processes in Biorefineries.
Partners: GWI, University Bochum, RWTH Aachen, IST, DLR, Ansaldo, WS, Uni Delft, DGT, Snecma, Alstom (Siemens)
Duration: 2001 - 2004
Funding Institution: EU
Development of FLOX® burners for the use in gas turbines.