Melting and molten metal holding technologies account for a large portion of energy use in the metalcasting industry. The industry has worked closely with the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a range of resources to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.
Analytical Studies & Other Publications
- Manufacturing Energy and Carbon Footprints provide a mapping of energy use, energy loss, and carbon emissions for selected industry sectors.
- Implementation of Metal Casting Best Practices (2007)
- Advanced Melting Technologies: Energy Saving Concepts and Opportunities for the Metal Casting Industry (2005)
Documents for historical reference
The metal casting industry is vital to the U.S. economy and national security. Cast metal components are used in the energy, automotive, aerospace, railroad, electronics, manufacturing, plumbing, construction, and other industries.
In the metal casting industry, the melting of metal accounts for approximately 55% of total energy costs. Other energy-intensive processes include core making, mold making, heat treatment, and post-cast activities.