In Kryvyi Rih, husks of sunflower seeds instead of natural gas are used at the central mining and processing complex for pellet heat treatment.
The new type of fuel is used at the pelletizing plant in the operation of the OK-324 firing machine in the framework of the energy efficient project implemented by Metinvest, reports 1kr.ua.
In the OK-324, earlier, the GCK used about 95% of the consumed natural gas to replace the dehydration and durability of the product, which is now being replaced by shredded sunflower husks.
"During the modernization of the combustion engine to test the technology, we replaced 20% of the gas used with new fuel," says Maxim Sagittarius, head of the Central Energy Department's energy management department. "The experimental period, which lasted more than a year, confirmed the economic impact of the project, so we plan to gradually increase the replacement rate to 45%."
The project implementation has reduced gas consumption and reduced costs by UAH 20.6 million.