Research and analysis

Barriers and Enablers to Recovering Surplus Heat in Industry: a qualitative study

A qualitative study of the experiences of heat recovery in UK Energy Intensive Industries (EIIs), identifying the barriers and enablers to increased uptake of industrial heat recovery, a potential zero carbon heat source.


Barriers and Enablers to Recovering Surplus Heat in Industry

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A report prepared by Madano and Element Energy for the former Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

The focus of this report is heat recovery, a process by which (wasted) heat generated by an industrial process is captured and reused, either within the same process, on the same site, by another company or residential development (including through a heat network), or converted to power. The recovery and re-use of industrial waste heat has multiple benefits such as reducing fuel demand, reducing energy costs and CO2 emissions.

Industry in the UK has a particularly significant role to play in meeting carbon reduction targets set by the Climate Change Act 2008. This report looks at seven of the most energy intensive industries – cement, ceramics, iron and steel, glassmaking, chemicals, paper and pulp, and food and drink – which account for two-thirds of all industrial emissions. A study for DECC (Element Energy, 2014) identified large technical and economic potential for heat recovery within these industries that is currently not being realised. This study aims to understand the organisational and commercial barriers to heat recovery and to further identify what can enable the take up of heat recovery technologies.

Published 16 November 2016