SMS supplies energy and sustainability suite to Elval
Elval has placed an order with SMS Group for the delivery of its Viridis Energy & Sustainability Suite for its aluminium rolling mill in Oinofyta, Greece.
The project aims at optimizing the entire production process and energy management capabilities and will help reduce Elval’s carbon emissions. With an annual capacity of 450,000 t, Elval is a worldwide leading manufacturer of rolled aluminium products for numerous markets and fields of application.
The partnership between SMS and Elval exemplifies a shared vision of sustainable and responsible industrial practices. With the installation of two modules of the Viridis Energy and Sustainability Suite, Viridis Performance and Viridis Grids, Elval will be equipped to meet the ever-increasing demands for responsible and energy-efficient management in the aluminium industry.
Modelling energy and utilities consumption
Viridis Performance enables energy and utilities consumption modelling by considering contextual factors such as raw material and product characteristics, production levels and quality standards. The software provides a precise understanding of the impact of different production routes, real-time monitoring of consumption deviations, automatic event generation, and an online journal for data logging. Checklists with standard operating procedures and countermeasures ensure swift corrective actions, and precise quantification of deviations aids in performance improvement. Automated machine learning resources calculate targets automatically, maintaining relevance in changing production conditions. It will comprise over 70 equipment assets, such as melting furnaces, preheating furnaces, hot and cold rolling mills, among others.
Autonomous calculation of energy consumption
Viridis Grids will support Elval to precisely and autonomously calculate energy consumption forecast based on the production plan via automated machine learning resources. Leakage detection will be enabled by means of online mass balancing of meters. Online power demand is calculated based on measurements and online production.
Instead of settling in advance on a fixed scope for the whole project (as in traditional waterfall projects), this project will follow an agile methodology which allows the deployment team of both SMS and Elval to create a backlog of jobs to be done and prioritize its execution as the implementation advances. This way, the project will be much more flexible and will create value much quicker.
Innovative solutions for reducing the energy and environmental footprint
Thiago Turchetti Maia, CEO of SMS digital, commented: “We are excited to provide our Viridis Suite to Elval, a forward-thinking company committed to environmental stewardship. This collaboration reflects our dedication to offering cutting-edge solutions that help our clients reduce their environmental impact while improving their operational efficiency.”
Drakotos Athanasios, deputy director of Electrical & Electronic Maintenance at Elval, stated: “Our partnership with SMS Group represents a significant step in our sustainability journey. The Viridis Energy & Sustainability Suite aligns perfectly with our commitment to sustainable aluminium production and reducing our energy and environmental footprint. We are confident that this investment will have a positive impact on our operations and support our carbon footprint reduction pathway."
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