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Event report - DryFiciency at Decarb Heat 2017

15 May 2017 | Number of views: 230 | Tags: conferenceBrusselscarbon-free futureheat pumps

About Decarb Heat event

Decarbheat is a yearly conference hosted in Brussels which brings together many stakeholders with a shared vision of carbon-free future. It enables EU policy makers as Claude Turmes, responsible industries like IKEA, research institutes as Fraunhofer and energy efficient technology engineering like Danfoss to meet, present, debate and share their important message. Without a doubt, sector commitment proved to be very much present and strong but how will they actually make it happen? Electrification, district heating, and industrial processes were repeated as priorities for action, while collaboration, new business models, energy efficiency, heat pumps and greater share of renewables were deemed as the remedy. 

Role of DryFiciency 

In the heart of this initiative, many appeals of the speakers were addressed at the need of new technology and associated new business models.  As a part of official event program, DryFiciency project organized a Project Café to introduce its upcoming new technology and its contribution to carbon-free future of the EU. Michael Hartl from Austrian Institute of Technology presented the development and key goals of DryFiciency´s two new heat pump systems which are to be, if successful, installed in energy-intensive industries in the EU. And there is no lack of ambition, this 10-partner consortium has for its goal to save up to 80% of energy in industrial drying processes. But coming from experience that new technology mostly stays in the lab and hence doesn´t reach the market, the DryFiciency consortium plans to validate the technology and attract potential buyers by demonstrating it at 3 operating processing sites of Wienerberger, Agrana and Mars International by the end of the project. The approach, commonly seen in Research & Innovation projects of Horizon 2020, is joining scientific know-how from each partner to produce innovative technology with European-wide impact on the environment, economic growth and job creation by collaboration. Compressor specialists Rotrex and Bitzer, lubricants and working fluids specialists Fuchs and Chemours and system engineering specialist SINTEF, EPCON and AIT aim to achieve the following expected primary energy savings per demonstrator: 

  • MARS International: 3418 Mwh/a, 
  • AGRANA Stäarke: 3188 Mwh/a, 
  • Wienerberger: 5960 Mwh/a,

and measures its success by key performance goals set below: 

  1. 80% increase in energy efficiency, 
  2. 20%/kg reduction of production costs and 
  3. 57% - 73% reduction of C02 emissions. 

The project is relevant for the Decarb Heat Initiative because it aims to contribute to efficient European heating & cooling sector by 2050 by using heat pumps. It is even more relevant when energy-intensive industries are involved. It was calculated that 11.3 exajouls of waste heat are being lost every year in the EU alone, emitting large CO2 emissions accordingly - 374 million of tons in the industrial processing to be exact. DryFiciency aims to recycle heat for drying - see the video below to understand how it works: 

DryFiciency on YouTube

Upcoming

DryFiciency project will be present at future energy-related events and plans to hold demonstrations in 2018 and 2019. Sign up for our e-newsletter and don´t miss the planned events. 

Read more about the event: decarbheat.eu 

Press inquiries: 

Ana F. Povh 

E: povh@rtds-group.com , www.rtds-group.com

Twitter: @ana_f_povh

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