The steel industry has embarked on a decarbonization journey to address significant carbon footprint, by gradually shifting from fossil fuels to electrification. Electrical energy cost will become a larger contributor to steel production cost. Renewable energy markets are becoming more dynamic with multiple sources from wind, solar, hydro, and other sources. Steelmakers are facing challenges to increase the sourcing of renewable energy to reduce their carbon footprint at an attractive cost. Having the right energy strategy will have a noticeable impact on profitability.
The increase of electrification will demand larger and more resilient electrical infrastructure. Technologies like digital twins which help in analysis of hybrid electrical networks and the process needs is helping engineering companies to design green steel and hydrogen production facilities which are fit for purpose and scalable. Digital twins developed during design phase support efficiency improvement during operate and maintain phase supporting energy optimization and reduced unscheduled downtime.
Mo Ahmed has over 20 years of experience in the steel industry. Before joining Schneider Electric, he worked for Primetals Technologies, Siemens, Ivaco Rolling Mills and GE. He filled roles including automation and drives engineering, maintenance management, pre-sales support and sales of multi-million-dollar steel plant projects. He has engaged in the industry on a global scale, travelling to over 50 countries to meet and understand the needs of his customers. He is also an author of multiple white papers that have been published and presented at numerous steel-industry conferences.
Josh joined Schneider Electric in 2011, with an initial focus on procuring natural gas and electric power in the western United States. During his time as a regional energy buyer and later as a regional market manager, Josh built a strong foundation of expertise in supply-side energy commodity sourcing strategies, tactics, and related energy industry concepts. In 2016, Josh transitioned to the renewable energy and carbon advisory team where he has been focused on renewable energy procurement and strategy development. Josh received a bachelor’s degree of science in finance, as well as a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Louisville.
Shaikh Sahid Hossain received his bachelor’s degree in electronics and instrumentation engineering from B.P.U.T, Odisha in 2004 and a master’s degree in business administration from Preston University, USA in 2008, followed by postgraduate programme in general management from the Indian Institute of Ahmedabad in 2009. Currently he serves with ETAP as chief revenue officer. Before joining ETAP, he worked as a development consultant at L&T. His projects involved implementation for power management systems, process automation, distribution automation, and consulting services. He was also involved in establishing the power automation business in the MENA region.
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