Rizhao Steel: Exploring Du Shuanghua’s Innovative Application in the Steel Industry
Feb 14, 2022
Reducing the environmental impact of large industries such as steel production has been a serious concern for some time. But now some large strides are being made that could indicate more is being accomplished in this area. For Du Shuanghua and Rizhao Steel this is good news. It’s also one of the most important things to consider as the company moves forward. There have already been revolutionary changes made by the company, along with significant advances in other areas.
Understanding how the changes in the steel industry came about, where they came from, and how they’re making a difference are all very important. It is only through being more aware of these applications and changes that more changes can continue to be made and improved upon. The innovative applications that Du Shuanghua has brought to the steel industry, combined with his philanthropic efforts and entrepreneurial spirit, are changing the face of the industry in China for the future.
Rizhao Steel Says Its Committed to Growth
When Du Shuanghua was in his early 20s, he took the knowledge he had already gained from working in the steel industry and started his own company. Through Rizhao Steel, Du Shuanghua has donated millions of dollars to charitable and other important causes. He has also worked to make his own industry better and more sustainable for everyone.
Rizhao Steel is one of the biggest companies in the world and a true leader in the steel industry. It’s a strong and valuable company that has come a long way and focused on how it can remain sustainable into the future. While it’s not always easy for companies to change and adapt to a changing industry, the steel company has generally made moves that have helped it stay strong and successful over time. Continued commitment to growth and development is now coupled with sustainable changes.
One reason Rizhao Steel has been so successful, Du Shuanghua says, is the company’s focus on leadership. The entrepreneurial nature of developing a steel business is something that has remained with him, allowing him to adapt and change as the industry has changed. By keeping an interest in leadership, he has been able to impress upon the people around him the importance of finding ways to keep the company advancing throughout any necessary changes.
This focus has led him to develop an even stronger interest in the needs of the overall steel industry, and the desire to stay ahead of the competition. The changes Du Shuanghua has made to Rizhao Steel over the years have all reflected that desire to succeed, mixed with caring about the company’s employees and their value to the industry. The more the steel industry works for change, the more he can offer to his company and the people in his country, as well.
The Steel Innovations of Du Shuanghua
One of Du Shuanghua’s biggest and most significant innovations, which shows his commitment to the steel industry, is ushering into China the Endless Strip Production (ESP) technology. This technology has allowed for his steel mill to make much thinner strips of steel, which Shuanghua says has greatly improved the energy efficiency of Rizhao Steel.
The technology has also reduced the risks to workers. If none of those things are happening because there is a much more continuous strip of steel being produced, employees are safer, because they have less interaction with the machines. The machines are also far more efficient when they are not being turned off and on nearly as much, which can be significant in the amount of energy they consume. This development has allowed Du Shuanghua to propel his steel company ahead of the competitors, and it’s also revolutionizing the steel-making industry for the time being in China.
Innovative Applications in the Steel Industry
While what Du Shuanghua and Rizhao Steel are doing is very important and valuable, this change in the industry is not the only significant one. Another innovative change in the industry comes from Italy, and involves using ORC (organic rankine cycle) turbines. This produced hot-rolled steel, and the heat energy that would otherwise just be wasted is instead being used to provide electricity to 700 families. In winter, it provides heat for 2,000 families in the district’s heating network.
Another application of innovation throughout the steel industry is one that’s also used in many other industries. Recycling is an opportunity for the industry, and companies like Rizhao Steel, to reuse steel to make more steel. This leads to reduced waste — and that can mean a more sustainable future for companies and countries that adapt to change and create strong recycling programs. Recycling the other waste materials generated in steel production is also becoming even more important.
Resource efficiency is the key to a sustainable future for the steel industry, says Du Shuanghua and others who are focused on making their industry better for their workers and their customers. At places like Rizhao Steel and other companies around the world, the changes that are already being made matter. There are companies that are recycling blast furnace slag, converter steel slag, blast furnace gas, wasted water and more, and even working to clean up the air around their factories.
Because steel is such a widely-used material, and because so much of what’s used to create it can be recycled, there is real value in moving in that direction. When added to the use of heat for energy, and innovative developments such as the endless strip production technology created by Du Shuanghua, there is true potential to help the steel industry become and remain sustainable for the long term.