The smart and sustainable energy projects SO WHAT, EMB3RS, INCUBIS and S-PARCS, are organizing a joint webinar: Waste heat recovery and energy cooperation in European Industries, to be held on November 18. These four sister initiatives, funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, will present their work on industrial WH/C recovery, the tools they are developing to empower it, and potential synergies between industrial parks and the surrounding community. The aim of the session is to explore different solutions to enhance a smart and sustainable energy use in industrial contexts, as well as WH/C recovery and reutilization, to find synergies between the work the different projects are carrying out, and to raise awareness among stakeholders on the new tools under development. Likewise, the webinar will include time for discussion and questions from the audience. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of how to optimize energy use and recovery in industrial environments. Heating and cooling are the largest sources of energy demand in Europe and, at the moment, they are mainly covered by fossil fuels, while low carbon energy sources like waste heat and cold recovery and renewable energy sources remain marginal. Nevertheless, current studies showed that, in the European Union (EU), the amount of heat wasted by industries in the form of hot water or flue gases would be sufficient to cover the entire EU’s heating needs. This would foster the EU’s decarbonisation while reducing its dependence on fossil fuels. SO WHAT (acronym for Supporting new Opportunities for Waste Heat And cold valorisation Towards EU Decarbonization) is developing an integrated software to identify and simulate how industrial WH/C could cost-effectively balance with the local community’s forecasted energy demand, and how this could be integrated with renewable energy systems. The tool, designed to support different stakeholders in auditing and mapping their energy processes, will assess the impact of energy processes on both a technical and non-technical level and help to reduce the cost of energy audits. This will be validated by 11 demonstration sites that will test the software in real operating conditions in industrial facilities.
Waste Heat, Waste Cold, Energy Efficiency, Energy Recovery