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CREDIT Technology Gateway at Dundalk Institute of Technology secures funding for research in heat recovery

17 November 2021

In the latest Home - Enterprise Ireland ( Capital Call for Equipment, the CREDIT Technology Gateway at DkIT has secured funding to support the research and development needs of Irish industry in the Mobile - Waste Heat Recovery (M-WHR) sector.

CREDIT Technology Gateway has secured funding for an innovative Mobile-Waste Heat Recovery unit testbed for industry as part of the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Capital Call announced by the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar TD.

A dedicated location for storage calibration has been identified within the CREDIT Technology Gateway DkIT campus where the proposed M-WHR testbed can be parked while awaiting deployment off-site to customer industrial premises. It is envisaged that the storage testbed will spend most of its time on industrial partner sites and so short periods should be spent on campus.

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About the Mobile - Waste Heat Recovery unit:

Recovery of industrial waste heat is a cost-effective and environmentally sustainable approach for energy supply across industry and business. Using the waste heat from industrial processes to heat buildings or create electricity can dramatically reduce the amount of energy consumed by industry generally.

Mobile energy storage systems transported by vehicular means may bridge the gap between heat source and demand site in cases where a pipeline-bound connection cannot be realised cost-effectively. For the transportable heat storage unit, phase change materials (PCMs) or sorption materials have shown strong potential due to their high energy storage capacity.

The mobile energy storage vehicle which utilises innovative Phase Change Materials (PCMs) is more flexible in matching the supply and demand and has no geographical or major infrastructural constraints. It also has various form to release the stored energy and can avoid the potential issues caused by the energy inhomogeneity.

M-WHR technology can significantly reduce the initial investment in the distribution network and recovery infrastructure. Also, the distribution becomes more flexible and adaptive to the dynamic needs of clients. The waste heat can be collected from wastewater, waste steam, waste flue gas, and other industrial residuals. The recovered waste heat is usually regarded as clean, sustainable and renewable energy as it does not require additional resources and cause negligible effect on the environment. Therefore, the reuse, recycling, and final disposal cost of the whole life cycle of recovery, storage, transportation, and distribution of industrial waste heat are optimised using M-WHR to achieve the effect of energy conservation and emission reduction from the perspective of supply chain optimisation.

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