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Demonstration Project for an Environmentally-conscious, High-efficiency Arc Furnace in Thailand

March 17, 2011

  NEDO and the Department of Industrial Promotion, Ministry of Industry of Thailand, signed a Memorandum of Understanding concerning the Demonstration Project for an Environmentally-conscious, High-efficiency Arc Furnace* in Thailand.

 The MOU signing ceremony, held on March 16 in Bangkok, was attended by Mr. Fumio Ueda, Executive Director of NEDO, and Mr. Arthit Wuthikaro, Director General of the Department of Industrial Promotion, Ministry of Industry of Thailand. At the beginning of the signing ceremony, Mr. Nattapon Nattasomboon, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Industry of Thailand, expressed his condolences and a moment of silence was observed for the victims of the Tohoku-Kanto Earthquake.

 Environmentally-conscious high-efficiency arc furnace technology, which has been developed by NEDO and Yokohama-based, JP Steel Plantech Co., will be demonstrated at UMC Metals Ltd. in the Kingdom of Thailand. This project will commence from FY2011 and will be scheduled to be carried out for three years.

 This furnace is approximaTELy 30% more energy-efficient compared to conventional electric furnaces and complies with Japan's dioxin emisson regulations. Using this project to establish a foothold, NEDO aims to promote the dissemination of this furnace technology throughout Southeast Asian countries.


 *This electric arc furnace uses heat from an electric arc formed between graphite electrode and feedstock (iron scrap or liquid steel) to melt iron and to raise the temperature of molten iron.

 

  • MOU signing with the Ministry of Industry of Thailand
    Signing ceremony
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