The Feralpi Group is a proactive player in the field of basic research,  by taking part and contributing to national and international research programmes, being convinced of the importance of investing resources in developing new scientific theories that fuels applied technological innovations in the medium-long term. This approach, too, reflects the belief of Feralpi in sustainable development.

WHAVES programme

Heat recovery using ORC (Organic Rankine Cycle) technology

whavesThe Feralpi Group is co-partner of a programme entitled WHAVES – Waste Heat Valorisation for more Sustainable Energy Intensive Industries. Awarded by the Sustainable Industry Low Carbon scheme (CIP-SILC) initiative at the end of 2013, the programme is aimed at supporting industrial processes in pursuing a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, while maintaining a competitive edge. The SILC initiative contributes to the achievement of the strategic objectives and energy efficiency established by the European Union.

This two-year research programme is funded by the European Committee as part of the SILC call for tender. It contemplates a feasibility study for the standardisation of the components of a plant for the recovery of thermal and electric energy from the offgas released by the electric arc furnace, possibly supplemented with other waste energy from the steel manufacturing processes. The programme will be completed in 2015.

WHAVES continues the process that started with the HREII (Heat Recovery in Energy Intensive Industries) and HREII Demo projects with the support of the Life programme of the Directorate-General for the Environment in the European Commission, with the aim to analyse the positive environmental effects and the potential of heat recovery using ORC (Organic Rankine Cycle) technology in Italy and Europe. The first prototype of an EAF heat recovery system using ORC technology was developed at the Feralpi Group member company ESF steel mill in Riesa, Germany (

The heat recovery system using ORC technology can be used in many industrial processes, contributing to their sustainability (reduced emissions as the result of avoided electricity consumption) and their competitive edge (energy saving reduces the cost of production).
The impact at a European level has a potential for avoided emissions up to 6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, requiring investments in European technology estimated at 8 billion euros.


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RIMFOAM programme

Evaluation and use of waste materials

Rimfoam is a three-year research programme, partly funded by the European Community (RFCS), concerning the evaluation and use of waste materials containing both metal oxides and hydrocarbons, as foaming agents in EAFs.
The program will end in 2017.

FISSAC project

Transformation of waste materials from the production process of an industrial sector into reusable secondary raw materials 

fissacFISSAC is a 54-month research project, which was launched in September 2015 as part of Horizon 2020, the European research and innovation programme.
The overall objective is to develop and demonstrate a new industrial paradigm that develops the concept of “circular economy”.
Starting from an innovative intra-sectorial symbiosis model (the partnership involves 26 companies from 9 different European countries) and taking a “zero waste” approach in the construction value chain for resource-intensive industries (steel, aluminium, mining, chemicals, demolition and construction), the ambitious goal is to develop a method and a software platform for the exchange and sharing of information in order to demonstrate the possibility of transforming – at a process and product level – waste from the production process of an industrial sector into secondary raw materials that can be reused in another industrial sector.

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Optimisation of scrap charge management 

In 2014 Acciaierie di Calvisano launched the Optiscrap Manage programme, a research programme carried out in partnership with research centres and other industrial groups, which is partially funded by the European Community (RFCS).
This programme concerns the optimisation of scrap charge management and the adoption of operating practices to enhance the performance of EAFs and reduce the cost of production.

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