Government plans support programme for industrial heat recovery

The UK Government is planning to introduce a support programme to increase industry confidence in identifying and investing in industrial heat recovery. It has launched a consultation on its proposals […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The UK Government is planning to introduce a support programme to increase industry confidence in identifying and investing in industrial heat recovery.

It has launched a consultation on its proposals aimed at overcoming barriers to recover and reuse waste heat and increase deployment of recoverable heat technologies.

Waste heat can be used in a number of ways, including within the same industrial facility for heating or cooling, by another end user via a heat network or by converting waste heat to power.

However, according to BEIS, evidence suggests the deployment of industrial heat recovery is falling “well short” of the potential to realise significant bill and carbon savings due to a number of barriers.

That includes insufficient knowledge and information, technical barriers associated with the complexity of fitting heat recovery technologies to certain industrial processes and commercial barriers regarding the payback of investments and availability of capital.

A recent study by Element Energy found 11TWh/year of industrial heat use in 2014 could have been technically recovered in eight key energy intensive sectors but only 5TWh/year of this would have been commercially viable.

The Industrial Heat Recovery Support (IHRS) Programme aims to overcome these barriers and allow industry to reuse heat onsite or sell it to a third party, lowering fuel bills and emissions and creating a new revenue stream for industry.

BEIS is inviting views on the enablers and barriers to recovering industrial waste heat, to ensure the scheme is appropriately designed and maximises value for money.

The consultation is open until 4th January 2018.