Industry has a great need for heat, for example for elevated process temperatures, for drying, and for industrial hot water use. In fact, a large number of companies in the agro-food, paper, chemical, horticultural and food sectors use energy above all for their heat supply.
In the transition towards a sustainable, CO2-free economy it is therefore essential for industries to develop sustainable heat supply systems. The Dutch Climate Agreement aims at a fully carbon-neutral heat supply by 2050 and substantial energy savings and reduction of CO2-emissions by 2030.
Joint development of technologies
At the Institute for Sustainable Process technology, we support industry in achieving these targets. We accelerate the development and application of sustainable heat and heat-integration technologies. We work, among others, on improving efficiencies of existing technologies, designing heat integration strategies, utilizing deep and ultra-deep geothermal energy, and using climate-neutral fuels. In specific fields, such as drying and dewatering, we develop alternatives that can do without heat, for instance membrane-based processes.
Characteristic of the ISPT approach is the joint development with academia and industry, sharing knowledge and creating a community aimed at enhancing the heat performance. This community is very diverse, even though the 'heat issues' are quite similar. ISPT makes every effort to develop a common ground and stimulate joint projects.
Sustainable heat in industry is identified as one of the most relevant subjects in the national Climate innovation agenda. The ambition and foreseen national research activities are described in MMIP 7 ‘CO2 neutral heat’. In view of the complexity of integrating heat innovations in practice as well as the exponentially growing but scattered amount of knowledge in this field ISPT has taken the initiative for a national cross-sectoral Heat Integration Platform. This platform facilitates the exchange of experiences and the structuring of available knowledge, technologies and tools.
This will, amongst others, aid the preparation of company-specific CO2 plans, help to decide on the participation in joint R&D programs, and support technological investment evaluation.
Read more at the pages of the ISPT cluster Utilities and Optimal Use of Heat and the Heat Integration Platform. Heat issues are also included in the activities of the clusters Drying and Dewatering, Industrial Fluids Processing, and Deep Eutectic Solvents.