Tenova and GE Vernova’s Power Conversion business together


Tenova and GE Vernova’s Power Conversion business together

Cooperation Agreement between the two companies for tailored medium voltage power feeding solutions for large EAFs

Tenova and Power Conversion–a GE Vernova business–, a leading company in supplying advanced electrical systems and services for a wide range of industries, signed a Cooperation Agreement to join efforts and work together on target projects to offer and implement innovative power feeding solutions based on medium voltage power converters for Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) or Submerged Arc Furnace (SAF) technologies.

In response to the need for technological solutions to reduce carbon footprint in ironmaking, and the growing demand for very large, highly productive electric furnaces, Tenova and Power Conversion have formed this collaboration to jointly design and market tailored medium voltage power feeding systems for EAFs and SAFs allowing the effective use of high electric power even on constrained grids, reducing both operating costs and environmental impact of new and pre-existing furnaces.

GE Vernova's Power Conversion business has developed an advanced power supply solution for Electrical Arc Furnaces called Direct Feed. This revolutionary AC-DC-AC solution is directly connected to the grid (up to 60 kV) and is based on scalable patented back-to-back hybrid Modular Multilevel Converter topology.

GE’s Direct Feed system precisely controls the EAF voltage and arc current/power at variable frequency. Its digital control system allows for qualitative monitoring of the electrical arc, resulting in greater process stability, better OpEx, and improved grid power quality performance. It addresses the increasingly challenging limits imposed by grid codes, which conventional solutions cannot meet.

Paolo Argenta
Paolo Argenta
Tenova Executive Vice-President Upstream

With this new collaboration, two companies sharing a common culture of transparency in business and passion for technology join forces to meet the ever-increasing expectations of a market in tumultuous development and bring the steelmaking industry one step further towards decarbonization. The vast experience of our Companies in the respective technical fields, together with the expertise of our end users, allows us to bring to the market an effective, flexible, reliable solution to EAF and SAF operators.

Edgardo Torres
Edgardo Torres
Power Conversion’s Chief Operations Officer

I’m looking forward to starting this collaboration with Tenova. Being trusted by such an important player of the steel market confirms that our Direct Feed technology is the right answer to the growing challenges faced by the industrials. We propose an innovative solution to the steel makers, that will not only allow them to increase their performances but also support them on their decarbonization journey while providing a much better OpEx.

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