Innovation provider

Edelstahlwerke Schmees GmbH


Mr. Markus Pöschl
Rudolf-Diesel-Weg 6 - 8
40764 Langenfeld
Tel.: +49 (0) 21 73 / 85 05-58
Fax: +49 (0) 21 73 / 85 05-50

Effizienz-Agentur NRW
Dr.-Hammacher-Straße 49
47119 Duisburg
Tel.: 0203/378 79-30
Fax: 0203/378 79-44


In 2010, the company installed an energy-efficient ladle heating station whose core element consists of a novel porous burner for heating of the transport ladles. Combustion no longer requires an open flame. By means of infrared radiation and convection, the combustion heat is transferred to radiant tubes adapted to the ladles, enabling a direct and uniform control of ladle heating.
The useful economic life of the ladles can be extended owing to reduced thermal stress on the refractory lining. Exhaust gases are collected now, and the waste heat will be used for secondary applications in the future. The innovative heating technique was developed by Promeos GmbH, Erlangen (
Owing to the application of the novel burner technology, the company is able to save about 61,400 m³ of natural gas per year, corresponding to ca. 60 per cent of the primary energy used, and thus, 113.8 tons of CO2 equivalents.


Natural gas savings: 61.400 m³/a
CO2 emission mitigation: 113.8 t/a

Innovative aspects (ecologic, social and economic)

Based on the reduced cleaning and delivery times of the ladles, Schmees achieved a considerable increase in process productivity. The heat radiating from the ladles could be reduced by 75 per cent, resulting in less failure of the ladle transmission system. Also noise levels decreased significantly. Altogether, the working conditions in the hall could be improved considerably.

Application examples


Prior to implementation of the measure, EFA provided PIUS Financing consultancy to the company. As a result, Schmees applied for funding from the Environmental Innovation Programme of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit – BMU). The company received guidance by EFA during the application phase and after approval of a financial contribution by the German Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW). Thus, based on a measuring programme, EFA, jointly with Schmees, summarized the results in a final report. The project was supported by the Environmental Innovation Programme of the Ministry for the Environment with funds amounting to 54,273 Euros.Schmees invested ca. 190,000 Euros into the new technology.


Current stage of development

in-house project, not meant for sales

Intellectual Property Rights

Secret know-how

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National Contact Point

Daniel de Graaf
Wörlitzer Platz 1
06844 Dessau-Roßlau

Tel. +49 (0)340 21033407
Fax. +49 (0)340 21043407