In the EU excess heat amounts to 2,860 TWh/year, which is almost the entire EU energy demand for heat and hot water in residential and tertiary buildings 1. Much of this excess heat could instead be captured and reused.
The solutions already exist
Heat recovery technologies can use excess heat from industry, wastewater plants, data centers, supermarkets, subway stations, and commercial buildings. Excess heat can be reused to provide heat and hot water to a factory, or it can be delivered to neighboring homes and businesses through a district heating system. This blog post presents concrete policies to accelerate the use of excess heat across all sectors, so that citizens and businesses benefit from lower energy costs as well as green transformation.
Reusing excess heat is energy efficiency in its purest form
By reusing excess heat, we can achieve energy efficiency in its purest form. Instead of letting this valuable resource go to waste, we can capture it and reuse it in a variety of applications. This generates a lot of benefits:
- Resource savings: by reusing excess heat, we can reduce the need for fossil fuels, thereby significantly reducing the consumption of oil and natural gas. A global push in this direction could help avoid nearly 30 million barrels of oil per day and 650 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year.
- Cost savings: Using excess heat can lead to significant cost savings. Companies can reduce their energy costs by using the excess heat from their production processes instead of generating additional energy.
- Sustainability and environmental protection: The use of excess heat is an important step in promoting a sustainable energy supply and protecting our environment. By reducing the consumption of fossil fuels, we can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make a positive contribution to climate protection. By reusing excess heat, we help to curb global warming and reduce the impact of climate change.
It is time to make greater use of existing solutions for heat recovery and utilization of excess heat. At heat 11, we are leading experts in this field, offering innovative technologies and tailored solutions to help companies make efficient use of excess heat. By acting together, we can make a significant difference.
Here are some steps you can take:
- Educate yourself: continue reading about the potential of excess heat use and the available technologies. Find out about the benefits and the positive impact on our environment and your finances.
- Review your processes: Examine your operational production processes and identify areas where excess heat could be generated. Become aware of how much energy is being lost unused and the potential for savings.
- Contact us: Contact us to discuss how we can help you utilize excess heat. Our team of experts is ready to provide customized solutions and help you implement efficient and sustainable heat transfer projects.
Together, we can tap into the world’s largest untapped energy source and make an important contribution to the energy transition. Act now and contact heat 11 to increase your energy efficiency, reduce costs and take a sustainable path into the future.
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1. Connolly, D., et al. (2013). Heat Roadmap Europe 2: Second Pre-Study for the EU27. Department of Development and Planning, Aalborg University, p. 54
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