Linde has set up a combustion centre in Suzhou, China – which is the first time an industrial gases company has owned a centre of this type.

Through its creation, the company is taking the lead in the development of new combustion and heat treatment applications and solutions in China and the Asia Pacific region.

The Linde Combustion Centre will drive R&D initiatives in partnership with metal and glass industries and research institutes in projects to develop green combustion technologies and improve heat treatment processes geared towards future and sustainable applications.

The centre owns cutting-edge technology to facilitate research and development work in metallurgy, steel, iron, nonferrous, mining and heat treatment industries – all of which rely heavily on industrial gases. It also has an R&D demonstration facility for customer engagements, allowing for closer customer interactions when designing solutions specific to their needs.

“China, together with the Asia Pacific countries, is a key growth region for The Linde Group. At the speed of development in this region, industries will increasingly seek for advanced solutions that are sustainable with greater emphasis on process efficiencies and product quality,” says Steven Fang, The Linde Group, Regional Business Unit Head, East Asia.

He added, “This is the trend we are seeing especially in China. In foreseeing this need, we have chosen to set up the Linde Combustion Centre in Suzhou, to offer Linde’s global technological know-how in gas applications and, in partnership with local experts, discover new leading applications for the industries in Asia.”

Oxyfuel technology – meaning the combustion of fossil fuels such as natural gas, oil or coal with technical oxygen instead of air for industrial melting or heating processes is state of art technology in many industries these days. Using oxygen instead of air as an oxidizer reduces the flue gas volumes by 70%. The energy that is taken out by the flue gas can be significantly reduced.

Applying oxygen in industrial combustion processes can save 30 to 60% of the fuel input compared to air fuel operation. Global competitive pressures, “greenhouse” gas emissions, and high energy prices force metal and glass industry to optimize energy usage and reduce overall operating costs. Oxy-fuel combustion and process technology can be applied to meet these objectives.