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EPSRC Reference: EP/T022981/1
Title: DEcarbonisation of Low TemperAture Process Heat Industry, DELTA PHI
Principal Investigator: Eames, Professor PC
Other Investigators:
Ding, Professor Y Tamainot-Telto, Dr Z Critoph, Professor R
Ma, Dr Z Hewitt, Professor NJ Evans, Professor J
Roskilly, Professor AP Shire, Dr GSF Maidment, Professor GG
Shah, Dr N Sciacovelli, Dr A Revesz, Dr A
Elmes, Professor DA
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Asda Croda (Group) FutureBay
Spirax sarco
Department: CREST
Organisation: Loughborough University
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 October 2020 Ends: 30 September 2023 Value (£): 2,004,075
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Energy Efficiency Sustainable Energy Vectors
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Retail Energy
Manufacturing
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
13 Feb 2020 Decarbonising Heat Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
The provision of low temperature industrial process heat in 2018 was responsible for over 30% of total industrial primary energy use in the UK. The majority of this, 75%, was produced by burning oil, gas and coal. Low temperature process heat is a major component of energy use in many industrial sectors including food and drink, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, manufacture of metal products and machinery, printing, and textiles. To reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with low temperature process heat generation and meet UK targets, in the long term, will require a transition to zero carbon electricity, fuels or renewable heat. In the short term this is not feasible. We propose an approach in which heat is more effectively used within the industrial process, and/or exported to meet heat demands in the neighbouring area allowing significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions per unit industrial production to be achieved and potentially provide an additional revenue source.

We are going to perform a programme of research that will help provide a no regrets route through the transition to eventual full decarbonisation. The research consists of,

i) fundamental and applied research to cost effectively improve components and systems performance for improved heat recovery, heat storage, heat upgrading, high temperature heat pumping and transporting heat with low loss, and

ii) develop new temporal modelling approaches to predict how these technologies can be effectively integrated to utilise heat across a multi-vector energy system and evaluate a transactive modelling platform to address the complexity of how heat can be reutilised economically within energy systems.

A series of case studies analysing the potential greenhouse gas reductions and cost benefits and revenues that may be achieved will be undertaken for selected industrial processes including a chemical production facility in Hull, to assess the benefits of i) individual technologies, ii) when optimally integrated within a heating/cooling network, or iii) when combined in a multi-vector energy system.

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