Motor giant ABB teams with electric heat technology startup Coolbrook 

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Sources: Coolbrook Oy, Helsinki; CM2 staff

Coolbrook, a developer of electric heat technology geared to decarbonizing cement, steel and chemical production, and ABB have extended an early-2022 agreement aimed at advancing the former company’s RotoDynamic equipment. Through its Process Automation and Energy Industries businesses, ABB will provide electrification and digitalization expertise, plus electric motor and variable speed drive integration, to further enhance Coolbrook’s technology by optimizing energy efficiency and operational processes.  

“We believe RotoDynamic, which can help cut up to 2.4 billion metric tons of carbon emissions annually, is one of the major inventions of our time. Together with ABB, we can speed up the development of this groundbreaking technology to help reduce emissions from energy-intensive processes and bring about the beginning of a clean new industrial era,” says Coolbrook Executive Chair Ilpo Kuokkanen. “ABB’s global footprint and technology leadership will be key to accelerating market adoption.”

“The electrification of heavy industry with Coolbrook technology will have a significant impact on our global decarbonization goals,” adds ABB Energy Industries Senior Vice President, Chemicals and Refining Colin Ward. “This new agreement supports our sustainability strategy and commitment to helping customers reduce their annual carbon dioxide emissions by 100 megatons by 2030.”

The RotoDynamic Heaters technology has potential to replace the burning of fossil fuels with high temperature electric heating to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and increase process efficiency in cement and steel production.  

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