|Business||Time||Project Coordinator||Funding Scheme|
|Industry||Start date: 01/12/2014
End date: 30/11/2018
|FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION||H2020-EU.3.3.1.|
Nowadays a great number of industrial plants are dissipating huge amounts of heat in the environment in sectors like cement, glass, metals production and petrochemical, but it is possible to generate electricity by recovering the wasted heat through the so-called Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC).
In fact, an ORC is a closed thermodynamic cycle to convert heat into mechanical energy and eventually into electricity with a close circuit employing a working fluid different from water and metal (siloxanem hydrocarbons, etc.).
TASIO has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 637189 in order to develop innovative Waste Heat Recovery Systems (WHRS) based on the Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) technology, with Direct Heat Exchange (DHE).
Traditional scheme of ORC includes a thermal oil loop between gas and organic fluid: there is a Waste Heat Recovery System, that is a heat exchanger fed by thermal oil without any phase change. Downstream, thermal oil feeds one or more heat exchangers in order to preheat, evaporate and potentially superheat organic fluid. All these heat exchangers are replaced with only one WHRS, where organic fluid is directly preheated and evapourated.
Moreover, TASIO Project Consortium has developed new anticorrosive and antiabrasive materials to be used in parts of the heat exchanger in contact with the flue gases and has designed a new integrated monitoring and control system.
In the framework of TASIO, RINA is responsible for the analysis of Replicability and Adaptability of the Developed Technology to Different Sectors in order to:
Therefore, we applied the Life Cycle Assessment Methodology and made a Cost Volume Profit analysis in order to define the cost and expected profits of applying the developed technologies in the different industrial sectors studied along the project (steel, glass, cement) and the environmental impacts of TASIO innovative products.
Finally, we are also in charge of the communication, dissemination and exploitation of the results achieved in the framework of the project.
In conclusion, developing a Direct Heat Exchange solution suitable for cross sectorial applications in Energy Intensive Industry allowed to reduce the overall costs while increasing efficiency, considered as the key factors to cut existing barriers for a significant penetration of the ORC technology in the industrial energy efficiency market.
In particular, TASIO has the following main benefits for the EU community: