Inductosmelt Reduction Furnace (IRF)
The IRF has the capability to dramatically reduce the cost of primary ore smelting and provide higher conversion rates of metal-oxides into metals. The IRF provides the ability to melt non-conductive materials, a process that until now relied on low efficiency electric arc or blast furnaces.
The IRF is more cost effective to build, own, and operate than traditional furnace technologies. The IRF consumes less energy, setting new standards in both energy efficiency and performance capabilities. This dramatic reduction in power consumption significantly reduces the carbon footprint over traditional smelting processes, positioning the IRF as a unique, Economically Environmentally Sustainable Technology.
At the core of the IRF is a multifunctional proprietary Master Control System (MCS) that monitors, calibrates and controls the entire IRF, from raw material in-feed to finished material out-feed. The MCS incorporates an EESTech developed propriety software program that receives analysis, measurements and sensory data from highly advanced technology components. The MCS is references algorithmic data compiled from EESTech’s extensive formulated testing providing real time end-to-end management control over all operating functions of the IRF smelting process.
The IRF design enables the high efficiency of induction furnace technology to be used for primary smelting and recycling.
EESTech’s IRF is designed to continuously smelt non-conductive materials, ores, concentrates or melt metals and glass, ranging in size from ultra-fine powder to 40mm lumps, overcoming the limitations of traditional induction furnaces.
The unique design of the IRF enables the slag head to be kept at the same temperature as the molten metal, eliminating dangerous furnace “freeze” situations and allowing the induction coils to efficiently transmit energy into the slag to keep it in a safe, molten and low viscosity liquid state.
The IRF achieves this unique capability by coupling with the electromagnetic field from the induction coils to radiate heat into the surrounding slag; this thermal energy transfer system completely transforms the negative drawbacks of a traditional induction furnace into a highly efficient primary smelting furnace capable of smelting non-conductive materials.
The IRF not only keeps the slag head heated and liquid, it also creates a stirring action to provide the perfect smelting environment to reduce metal-oxides into metal.
One: Waste Resource Agglomeration Module (WRAM)
Two: Inductosmelt Reduction Furnace (IRF)