Novel heat pumps to save up to 80% on energy in industrial drying
DryFiciency tackles energy costs for a wide range of energy-intensive industry sectors. Its novel high-temperature industrial heat pump technologies will save up to 80% of energy in drying processes and reduce CO2 emissions by up to 75%.
By: RTDS Group
Reducing emissions and costs
EU leaders are pushing for an update in the Climate Action Strategy to meet the Paris Agreement Implementation as EU Member States are urged to become more energy efficient and reduce their CO2 emissions to slow climate change. The DryFiciency project supports EU's goals by helping industries improve their energy efficiency by up to 80%, reduce production costs by up to 20% and CO2 emissions by up to 75%. For end consumers, this translates into a much lower 'ecological footprint' on the products they purchase.
Novel heat pump technologies
DryFiciency will be demonstrating two applications of high-temperature industrial heat pumps (IHP) technologies to tackle both emissions and cost inefficiencies in industrial drying processes. The first application is a novel closed-loop heat pump system for air-drying at high temperatures of up to 160°C to be installed at Agrana Starch GmbH, Austria, for starch drying, and Wienerberger AG, Austria, for drying bricks, in 2019. The second application is an existing open-loop heat pump system for steam drying, which was enhanced to become more cost-efficient and lubricant-free by deploying a multi-stage compressionsystem with heat supply temperatures of up to 150°C. Sander Geelen of "Geelen Counterflow"
Industry ready to hit the EU Climate Action Strategy
The €6.5 million funded DryFiciency consortium consists of 12 partners from research institutions and industry and is coordinated by the Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH (AIT). The project was kicked off in September 2016 and will run for four years. "The technology we are developing is designed to be totally transferrable to numerous sectors of energy-intensive industries, such as pulp and paper, the food and beverage processing sector, textile and chemical industries,"
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Link to website: http://dry-f.eu/
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Natascha Miljković MSc PhD