AK Steel produces high-strength steel for a variety of markets. Covering 2,791 acres, their Middletown Steel Works facility in southwest Ohio is a large-scale productive integrated steel operation. The work that is done there includes carbon steel melting, casting, hot and cold rolling, and finishing operations.
The existing pressure reducing valve (PRV) in the number Two Boiler House was needed to lower the pressure of steam to feed the low-pressure steam loop feeding important processes. The PRV did its job but wasted steam energy by the nature of its design.
Plug Smart designed and installed a steam turbine to replace the existing pressure reducing valve. The steam driven turbine generates electricity AND drops the steam pressure to the appropriate level needed in the plant. The electrical energy generated was previously “wasted” as steam released to atmosphere via the PRV valve.