Manufacturers can replace fossil fuels with renewable electricity. This eliminates up to 8% of Australian emissions.
When you pour a can of beer, open a jar, read a book or buy a plastic drink bottle, do you think about the energy used to make them?
For manufacturers to transform raw materials into everyday products they require enormous amounts of heat, which causes 8% of Australian greenhouse gas emissions – as much as our entire car fleet and more than the state of South Australia. Globally, the contribution of process heat is higher – about 12% of all emissions.
Electrifying Industry shows how manufacturers can generate heat differently, through the smart use of renewable electricity. By electrifying industry, Australian can eliminate up to 8% of national emissions.
Electricity is remarkably versatile and has no practical temperature limit, meaning it can power any industrial heat process from cooking a can of beans to melting 100 tonnes of iron. It allows us to make things in a smarter way and can double the efficiency of many industrial processes, saving money in the process.
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Contents of Electrifying Industry
Electrifying Industry explores the potential of five categories of electrical heating technology:
- industrial heat pumps
- electromagnetic heating – infrared; induction and microwaves
- electric furnaces – resistance, arc and plasma
- renewable hydrogen produced by electrolysis
- heat storage – storing electricity as heat.
The report shows how these technologies could be used in the manufacturing of everyday products such as food, paper, bricks, plastic and steel.
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