Power Engineering International
The European Union-funded HEATLEAP project has been launched and aims to demonstrate the environmental and economic benefits of waste heat recovery systems.
The project will focus on large heat pumps in energy-intensive industries and gas expanders in utilities by testing these technologies at real scale.
The aim is to reuse the heat released heat into the atmosphere by industry, a powerful energy source that is currently under utilised.
According to HEALEAP, by reusing and recovering waste heat, energy intensive industries can become much more efficient, competitive and climate friendly.
The HEATLEAP project is funded under the European Union’s LIFE programme and comprises as partners Turboden, ORI Martin, Rina Consulting, CSMT and COGEN Europe.
Paolo Bertuzzi, CEO of Turboden and co-ordinator of the project, said: “Heat pumps and gas expanders will play a central role in the decarbonisation of energy intensive industries and utilities, thereby achieving the objectives of the EU Green Deal. As Turboden, we are focusing on delivering high temperature heat/low pressure steam to industrial customers and utilities.”
HEATLEAP suggests that gas expanders can deliver environmental benefits and enhance the energy efficiency of a natural gas distribution network, by producing electricity when the pressure of the gas is reduced.