Cutting fossil fuel demand by efficient – Process Heat

Michael Berger
Michael Berger

Certified Energy Auditor with more than 15 years of experience
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Key Takeaways

This post gives an overview of efficiency measures for process heating.

Next Steps

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  2. Enjoy the savings! 

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1 Background

Industry is responsible for around 1/3rd of the total energy demand worldwide, the largest share of it, around 2/3rd is used for process heating. Thus, industrial process heating is responsible for around 20% of the total energy demand. Today, fossil fuels are by far the most important source of process heating, accounting for about 80% of the total demand.

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2 Description

There are various drivers for a decarbonization of process heating such as increasing fuel prices, carbon emissions, carbon taxes, or political reasons such as reduced dependence on fuel imports.

Long term options, such as electrification or renewable fuels, receive major attention. Yet, energy efficiency is the fastest and most cost-effective approach allowing to cut industrial fuel demands significantly with measures which are available and well proven today.

3 Financial Assessment

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4 5 Major Groups

Energy efficiency opportunities in process heating can be classified in 5 major groups, all comprised of numerous specific measures.

  • Heat generation: converting fuels efficiently to useable heat.
  • Heat containment: reducing heat losses in the heat generation equipment.
  • Heat transfer: reducing heat losses in the transfer between generation and consumption.
  • Heat recovery: recovering and re-using heat to minimize fuel demand.

5 Next actions

The saving potential differs greatly between companies of different sizes and between different countries or sectors. Yet, the fuel demand can often be cut by more than 20% through feasible and well-proven measures with corresponding reductions of energy costs and CO2 emissions. Thus, energy efficient process heating is imperative!

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