About Waste Heat
Throughout the United States, an abundant source of emission-free electricity is being overlooked that could reinvigorate American manufacturing, create jobs, bring down the cost of energy and reduce overall emissions from electricity to fuel industrial processes. Atop smokestacks, along oil and gas pipelines, anywhere there is an industrial process occurring, heat is generated as a byproduct and released into the atmosphere. This is industrial waste heat.
Waste heat can be captured from an array of industrial processes through waste heat recovery technology. Several uses exist for this heat that can help reduce energy costs for industrial users, including Waste Heat to Power (WHP) – the process of capturing industrial waste heat for power generation. Oil and gas refineries, compressor stations along pipelines, chemical facilities, paper plants, steel mills, cement plants and glass manufacturers and other energy intensive industries generate large quantities and varying qualities of waste heat. By applying a recovery unit and recovering the zero-emission electricity, industrial users can put this energy back into the process that is creating it, feed it into the facility for other electrical needs, or sell it to the grid to support clean energy production, distribution and use.
Waste heat can be captured from an array of industrial processes through waste heat recovery technology. Several uses exist for this heat that can help reduce energy costs for industrial users, including WHP. What separates WHP apart is its characteristic as both a resource for emissions-free electricity as well as a means to improve overall industrial energy efficiency and competitiveness makes it a natural and integral part of all clean energy and jobs discussions.