The project has been initiated and is progressing according to schedule.
Gas Technology Institute (GTI) will demonstrate efficiency improvement on an aluminum melting furnace using the advanced Messer oxygen-natural gas OXYPYR-LEAF burner. GTI will partner with Messer North America, Inc. and Custom Alloy Light Metals in City of Industry, CA, as the host site. The team will install the Messer OXYPYR-LEAF burner to improve heat distribution and lower natural gas demand by improving efficiency. Carbon dioxide and NOx emissions will also be reduced. Custom Alloy recognize the growing need to lower natural gas consumption and carbon emissions. The OXYPYR-LEAF technology, using oxygen-gas combustion, meets these goals with a cost savings with a payback in less than 10 years.
Natural gas savings and carbon dioxide reductions of 20% are estimated at oxygen content of 60% and 32% at oxygen content of 100% (with pure oxygen). At any oxygen level of 40% or higher, the OXYPYR-LEAF burner system is expected to have a payback time of less than two years.
Reduced natural gas use will lead to reduced emissions of greenhouse gases.