In the ongoing search for renewable energy sources, waste heat is increasingly emerging as a valuable, albeit often untapped, resource in our efforts to create a greener future. Generated as a by-product of various industrial processes, this heat offers a wealth of opportunities for practical applications beyond traditional energy sources.
In this blog, we take you on a journey through innovative ways to harness waste heat and discover how this leftover heat can play a key role in promoting sustainability and efficiency. From heat grids to green data centres; in this blog we look at the ways in which waste heat can be used.
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By embracing practical applications of waste heat, we can jointly strive for a more sustainable future. From local initiatives to large-scale implementations; the possibilities are diverse and offer a promising perspective for an energy-efficient society.
1. Heat grids
An effective way to use waste heat is through heat networks. These networks transport heat from the source (e.g. an industrial plant) to different users, such as homes, businesses and institutions. By sharing and distributing heat, energy efficiency is increased and even whole neighbourhoods can be supplied with sustainable heat without depending on fossil fuels.
2. Industrial Process Optimisation
Within industries, companies can use waste heat to optimise their own processes. By reusing this heat for heating production buildings, water heating or even electricity generation, a closed system of energy reuse is created. This not only leads to cost savings, but also reduces the ecological impact of industrial activities.
3. District Heating
District heating uses waste heat to provide heat to entire cities. This concept embraces the idea that heat is a common resource that can be shared. By using strategically placed heat sources, district heating systems can cover a significant part of the energy demand without any additional burden on the environment.
4. Heat pumps
Heat pumps offer an innovative approach to utilising waste heat. They can upgrade low-temperature waste heat to a level suitable for heating applications. This upgrading process increases the diversity of applications for waste heat, further enhancing its potential.
5. Green data centres
In the world of information technology, green data centres can harness waste heat for cooling. Using the heat generated by server equipment for heating purposes instead of disposing of it creates a more sustainable and efficient use of energy in this fast-growing sector.
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