Periodic Reporting for period 4 - Highlift (Stirling heat pump for high temperature industrial use)
Reporting period: 2020-07-01 to 2020-12-31
Aware of this clear market need to increase the cost efficiency and decrease the environmental impact of high temperature, energy-intensive industries, we sought and found a novel solution in developing a class of technology that has never before been used for any HTHP application. Highlift is a highly-effective HTHP that uses electrical power to drive the compression and expansion of helium gas in closed twin-cylinder circuits. This forces a temperature lift from input industrial waste heat to output steam for a wide range of essential industrial processes. Unique amongst today´s HTHPs, it facilitates temperature lifts from 10-150oC and supplies output temperatures above 160oC. Until now, this has only been possible using low-efficiency boilers that run on fossil fuels. Highlift reduces energy consumption to supply high temperature process heat by 50-70% and will cut industrial CO2 emissions from high temperature steam generation by 70-96%. As a typical example, the Highlift user representative partner AZ stands to save €472,000 and avert over 1500 tons of CO2 (eq) emissions per year by operating 4 Highlift heat pumps to generate process steam at 180oC
The project will address and implement the technical and commercial roadmaps that are developed with AZ and other industrial test users to enable a rapid and successful commercialization of Highlift.
Results so far on the Technology maturation activities are the list of the limits and thresholds of the important technical performance parameters of the operational technical performance for the large-scale pilot and the description on how these parameters should be measured.
As part of Commercialization and readiness market assessment activities has been carried out. External reports on the industrial heat pump market have been analyzed together with industry reports on energy consumption and pollution. Based on hte analysis market has been categorized in the "home" market and "distribution" market that has been further sub-divide into geographical markets. For each market an appropriate GoToMarket strategy is to be defined.
Commercialization activities further comprise promoting the technology on exhibitions as well as presenting the technology on conferences, European Heat Pump Associations annual conference to be the most important.
Results so far is the launch of the project web site and the first cut of an overall GoToMarket plan.