Improving the energy efficiency
Morse project: New competitiveness for the European steel industry
European organisations will jointly renew the steel industry. The Morse project, which began in the autumn, will improve the products, business operations and competitiveness, as well as the energy and raw material efficiency, of the European steel industry.
The focus is on developing software tools that will be used to reform, accelerate and manage heavy production processes. The main sponsor of the four-year project is the European Union which, together with the project companies, is providing EUR 5.7 million. In large-scale steel production, even minor changes in production, raw materials and energy use bring major efficiency gains. Via the Morse (Model-based optimisation for efficient use of resources and energy) project, European companies are jointly developing more advanced tools to improve steel quality and the management of complex processes.
Reducing yield losses
New ways of managing the entire production chain, lowering the consumption of energy and raw materials in particular, and reducing yield losses are being sought for the industry. Carbon dioxide emissions will also be reduced. A special development target is software tools, which are being tested in close cooperation with various steel mills in Europe.
The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is participating in the project. “The key objective of Morse is to strengthen the production and competitiveness of the European steel industry. We will optimise production by using model-based and intelligent software solutions,” says the project coordinator of Morse, Heli Helaakoski of VTT. “At the same time, software companies will be able to specialise and offer new top products for the process industry. Via the project, VTT is developing tools and methods for the use of theoretical models in production.”