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Hans De Keulenaer
    • The Group’s R&D teams rely on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to determine the best solutions. Using this method, the environmental impact of a product can be measured, from extracting the raw materials that compose the product to its end-of-life disposal, and including the processes of production, distribution and use. To help engineers in their design work, the EIME software (Environmental Information and Management Explorer) compares the impact of each option.

       
         
      • Nexans is working successfully to lighten cables for planes, ships and cars.
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      • The Group is developing solutions that limit the amount of heat generated by equipment, which helps prevent energy loss.
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      • The company is conducting in-depth research to guarantee that Nexans’ cables are resistant in tough environments: deep water, high pressure, extreme temperatures, corrosion, fire endurance, intense mechanical stress, etc.
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      • Selecting less polluting materials for cable jackets and connectors, and identifying these materials makes it easier to process end-of-life cables.
Hans De Keulenaer
    • Using a life-cycle assessment approach, the study generated data to help manufacturers, users, and suppliers of wire and cable incorporate environmental considerations into their decision-making processes. An LCA examines all of the steps involved in manufacturing, using, and disposing of a product or material, and estimates environmental impacts from each of the following stages:

        
      • Raw material extraction or acquisition and material processing
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      • Product manufacture
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      • Product use/maintenance
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      • End-of-life disposition
Hans De Keulenaer

IEEE Xplore Abstract - Economic Feasibility Study of an HTS DC Induction Furnace

"Conventional induction furnaces have been in operation in nonferrous metal and related industries with poor energy efficiencies of only 50–60%. Moreover, the efficiency of atmosphere furnace, one of the various heating facilities for metal billets, is about 20%. For ensuring high energy efficiency in these heating furnaces fields, as one of the better counterplans, a novel dc induction heating method using HTS magnets has been suggested. To realize the HTS dc induction furnace (HIF) in the industrial field, the most important issue is to guarantee economic favor in comparison with two different types of conventional furnaces. In this paper, we performed an economic feasibility study of an HIF in terms of electricity fee minimization. Net present value, internal rate of return, and pay-back period methods were used to evaluate the investment returns of an HIF. All indicators related to direct benefits were calculated and analyzed for finding economic feasibility. The analysis results will be applied to decision making process for the commercialization of the HIF."

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