Optimal waste heat recovery and reuse in industrial zones

Mirko Z. Stijepovic, Patrick Linke

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Significant energy efficiency gains in zones with concentrated activity from energy intensive industries can often be achieved by recovering and reusing waste heat between processing plants. We present a systematic approach to target waste heat recovery potentials and design optimal reuse options across plants in industrial zones. The approach first establishes available waste heat qualities and reuse feasibilities considering distances between individual plants. A targeting optimization problem is solved to establish the maximum possible waste heat recovery for the industrial zone. Then, a design optimization problem is solved to identify concrete waste heat recovery options considering economic objectives. The paper describes the approach and illustrates its application with a case study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4019-4031
Number of pages13
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011



  • Energy efficiency
  • Energy integration
  • Industrial zone
  • Waste heat recovery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Pollution
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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