Development and application of new methods for identifying efficient ways to use industrial excess heat
Research Project , 2016 – 2018

This project proposes to develop a method for analyzing usage and availability of industrial excess heat, and to apply the method to investigating the role that industrial excess heat can play in the transition of Swedish industry and society towards zero greenhouse gas emissions. A clear definition of unavoidable excess heat has not been proposed in previous estimations of potential sources of industrial excess heat. This is crucial for quantifying the environmental and resource impact of excess heat. Methods based on advanced pinch technology and optimisation methods will be used together with scenario analyses. The results can be used as a basis for better decision-making in industry and for formulation of governmental policies. The project will be conducted in close collaboration between Chalmers, Linköping University and international work within IEA’s Annexe XV (Excess Heat), for which the proposed project is intended to constitute the Swedish contribution to the Annexe’s Task 2.


Simon Harvey (contact)

Professor vid Chalmers, Space, Earth and Environment, Energy Technology


Linköping University

Linköping, Sweden


Swedish Energy Agency

Funding Chalmers participation during 2016–2018

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