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Developing a standard modularised solution for flexible and adaptive integration of heat recovery and thermal storage capable of recovery and management of waste heat

Developing a standard modularised solution for flexible and adaptive integration of heat recovery and thermal storage capable of recovery and management of waste heat

Objective

Waste heat is a problem common to high temperature processing industries as a significantly underused resource, often due to challenges in economic heat valorisation. Secondary aluminium recycling and ceramic processing were identified as key examples with economically recoverable waste heat. Several challenges are inherent; these processes are batch-based rather than continuous with corrosive particulate-laden flue gas over a wide temperature range. The Smartrec system meets these challenges by development of a standard, modular solution for integration of heat recovery with thermal storage that valorises medium to high grade waste heat, adaptable to different temperatures and industries. Following end-user analysis and characterisation of exhaust streams and waste products, full life cycle costing and assessment will be carried out with candidate molten salts selected for thermal storage and heat transfer fluid, validated by corrosion testing. A custom heat pipe heat exchanger will be modelled and designed around the requirements of heat transport capacity wick structure and capable of heat exchange with a molten salt pumping loop. This loop will include dual media thermocline thermal storage system with cost/system modelling, validation and instrumentation incorporated. A pilot Smartrec system will be constructed and deployed in a secondary aluminium recycler and/or ceramic processor valorising high grade heat for continuous energy-intensive salt-cake recycling. Smartrec will be validated by integration with existing systems with >6 months operation including a fully developed instrumentation framework. A knowledge-based tool will be developed containing all relevant Smartrec parameters and information to model the system fully and allow users to determine their requirements, potential benefits and integrate Smartrec into their own systems via an open access workshop hosted by the consortium.
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ALTEK EUROPE LIMITED

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Lakeside House Turnoaks Business Park - Burley Close
S40 2ub Chesterfield

United Kingdom

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 876 743,88

Participants (9)

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TWI LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 826 917,50

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 742 576,25

ECONOTHERM (UK) LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 292 092,50

ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE LASINDUSTRIAS CERAMICAS AICE

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 124 187,50

SPIKE RENEWABLES SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 235 901,14

INNORA PROIGMENA TECHNOLOGIKA SYSTIMATA KAI YPIRESIES AE

Greece

AINOOUCHAOU PLIROFORIKI AE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 150 018,75

FLOWPHYS AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 215 687,50

TECHNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 241 500

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 723838

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 September 2016

  • End date

    31 August 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 567 886,63

  • EU contribution

    € 3 705 625,02

Coordinated by:

ALTEK EUROPE LIMITED

United Kingdom