Twin-Chamber Melting Furnace
We encounter it countless times in our daily life, under many different appearances. Whether it is a very common can of a soft drink, the structure of a window, a component of our vacuum cleaner or the frame of our car, it offers its services with great generosity, thanks to its optimal features of lightness, ductility and resistance to corrosion. It is aluminum, one of the most recyclable materials.
Since aluminum can be reused over and over again, its scraps are more valuable than any other items we typically throw into the wastebasket. The aluminum obtained by means of recycling is recognized and named as secondary. Even if it sounds like a second-class material, this definition does not do justice to this precious recycled material. What differs from primary aluminum (aluminum made from the mineral), is just the name. Indeed, the production of secondary aluminum does not only require less energy (only 5% of the energy used to produce primary aluminum), but it also reduces waste and greenhouse gas emissions in full compliance with the principles of the circular economy.
Project Engineer Light Metals, LOI Thermprocess, Tenova Germany
“Innovation is the catalyst behind our solutions. It is what pushed us to implement special features in our TCF, such as integrated cleaning of scrap via removal of organic coatings, then melting the scrap and last but not least, the use of the heating value of the organic coatings during melting.”
On the other hand, how the secondary aluminum is produced represents a whole new ball game that Tenova is taking to a sustainable level, through our own innovative and sustainable solutions such as the Twin-Chamber Melting Furnace (TCF®), a technology of Tenova LOI Thermprocess that is applied to aluminum recycling plants.
The TCF® consists of two chambers in a common furnace casing. It provides new liquid aluminum made from end of life and production return scrap. TCF® is composed by a Heating Chamber and a Scrap Chamber. Scrap is put into the process without pre-treatment, since all the treatment happens inside the TCF® recycling furnace. This process supports saving resources, avoids harmful emissions and reduces the amount of natural gas required. The combination of a TFC® with a waste gas purification plant is a sensible solution for aluminum recycling in both ecological and economic terms. Tenova LOI Thermprocess counts more than 30 TCF® installations worldwide, producing approximately, a combined 1,500,000 MT of liquid aluminum, on an annual basis.