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Industrial Electrification of Thermal Processes

This presentation will explore electric resistance technology and its role in decarbonization of industrial heating applications. Extra focus will be placed on advances in electric technology revolving around medium voltage capabilities and how that has bridged the gap with traditional fossil fuel heating systems.

Originally presented: September 15, 2022
Duration: 1 hour
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Global initiatives toward greenhouse gas reductions are increasing pressure on industrial companies who have relied on emission intensive technology for their thermal processes. Historically, electric resistance technology was a viable solution for smaller applications but failed to be practical in the larger applications typically served by fossil fuel heaters. With advances in electric resistance technology revolving around medium voltage solutions, decarbonization of larger steam and process heaters is now a more practical path forward. The high efficiency level of electric resistance technology coupled with expanding carbon policies that are now penalizing carbon dioxide emissions is driving a shift toward electric options and revealing a more appealing total cost of ownership for electric technology. 

This presentation will look at what medium voltage electric heating technology is and how it brings value to industrial heating applications, both compared to conventional low voltage electric systems and larger fossil fuel-based heating systems. We will discuss all facets of total cost of ownership from operational efficiency and maintenance to emissions and carbon avoidance.


Key Takeaways

  • Discover how to eliminate Scope 1 emissions
  • Explore how electric heating technology improves operational efficiencies
  • Learn the benefits of electrification of fuel-fired steam and process heating equipment



James Lewis, Business Development Manager – Sustainable Energy & Industrial Decarbonization, Chromalox, Inc.

Lewis has a demonstrated history of working in the electrical and industrial heating sector for over 13 years with experience in engineering, product management, and business development. During his career at Chromalox he focused on the design and implementation of process heating systems utilizing DirectConnect medium voltage technology as well as the launch and integration of new PID and power controllers globally. In his current role as Business Development Manager, Lewis is leveraging his strong technical background with electric heating and control systems to promote zero emission thermal technologies in sustainable energy and support the global movement toward decarbonization.