Success Story: Alcoa and ArcelorMittal
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The words "Clean Energy and Manufacturing, U.S. Department of Energy. Success Story: Alcoa and ArcelorMittal appear on screen, followed by footage of ArcelorMittal's steel mill.
Caption: Larry Fabina, Energy Champion, ArcelorMittal.
Larry Fabina: We produce steel for multiple types of customers, some of them are automotive. With that, we have in the United States within our energy reduction group, we have 20 facilities. Energy efficiency for ArcelorMittal's extremely important.
The video cuts to footage of a river with a bridge and steel factory, followed by molten fluid being poured and the interior of the factory.
Larry Fabina: We use massive amounts of natural gas. ArcelorMittal is huge in also using a lot of electricity. We do produce a lot of our own electricity, but we also buy a lot from our utilities. It's very, very important that we reduce our energy intensity and energy consumption at the same time. When we reduce our energy, we reduce our CO2 emissions.
Footage of a conveyer belt appears, and then a factory with smoke stacks
Larry Fabina: We recently completed a $63 million dollar investment in our Indian Harbor Works. Half of that was achieved through a grant, a matching grant through the Department of Energy. Today, it's up and running and it's saving us $19.8 million dollars a year in electrical energy cost, but the good part, it also reduces a lot of CO2 emissions.
Various machines carrying equipment flash on screen, followed by the Alcoa 50,000 ton press logo and the press as it works.
Caption: Walter Brockway, Global Manager of Energy Efficiency, Alcoa
Walter Brockway: We've been an innovation company for 125 years. We invented the aluminum making process and we have continued that innovation and still do today. Energy efficiency has always been important to Alcoa. We have always pursued energy efficiency. Reducing energy reduces the cost to produce our product and reducing energy is good for the environment, which is part of our sustainability picture as a company.
The video pans the Alcoa press machine.
Walter Brockway: We joined the Better Plants Challenge because we felt that we have been chasing energy efficiency for many years. This was an opportunity for us to not only share the knowledge that we have with energy efficiency, but to gain knowledge from other companies that are involved with the, that are plants program and from the Department of Energy.
The video cuts to a close up of the press, followed by a mechanical arm carrying an aluminum wheel, and then a man inspecting a wheel.
Walter Brockway: We make aluminum wheels with scraps and the shavings from that process is recycled. In the past, our history has been that the shavings and the solids that are leftover from the process are shipped.
Strips of scrap aluminum on a conveyer belt appear on screen.
Walter Brockway: Now, the materials will be gathered from both Cleveland and Barberton, re-melted at the Barberton facility in a, in a modern melting process that is more energy efficient than the process we used in New York, and we've saved 900 miles of transportation.
The video shows a close-up of steel being welded.
Larry Fabina: The steel business is a very competitive business. Now, it's heavy industry. It's been around for a very long time, and so, you're always looking for where you can gain an edge on your competitor, and one of the areas is energy.
Walter Brockway: Energy efficiency improvement is the new effective bottom line, absolutely.
The video zooms in on the Alcoa and ArcelorMittal logos, followed by factory footage.
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