Quantifying non-energy benefits for energy­intensive industry- a case study of heat recovery measures in a Swedish oil refinery
Paper in proceedings, 2020

Energy efficiency is of great importance to reduce fuel usage and related emissions in energy-intensive industry. Since heat is used extensively in energy-intensive industry, one major op­tion to reduce energy consumption is increased heat integra­tion. Many energy efficiency measures are profitable based on energy cost savings alone. Furthermore, non-energy benefits may substantially strengthen the attractiveness of an energy ef­ficiency measure and increase its priority in the decision-making process of new investment projects. Although many studies in a variety of industrial sectors have identified the importance of non-energy benefits, few have quantified their monetary value in energy-intensive industries. This paper aims to quantify the economic value of selected non-energy benefits for a few exam­ples of heat recovery measures in an oil refinery and compare this to the energy cost reduction of the energy efficiency meas­ures. In a previous study, heat integration retrofits were designed and discussed in an interview study with refinery engineers. In the interview study, several non-energy benefits were identified for the designed retrofit measures, which are now investigated in further detail in this paper. The non-energy benefits quantified are production increase and greenhouse gas emission reduction. Other non-energy benefits are discussed. The results show that non-energy benefits can contribute more to the cost benefits of the energy efficiency measures than the fuel cost savings. This highlights the importance of considering non-energy benefits at an early design stage when designing energy efficiency measures.

case studies

energy-intensive industry

heat integration

non-energy benefits (NEBs)



Sofie Marton

Energy Technology 3

Elin Svensson

Chalmers, Space, Earth and Environment, Energy Technology

CIT Industriell Energi AB

Simon Harvey

Chalmers, Space, Earth and Environment, Energy Technology

Proceedings of the ECEEE Industrial Summer Study 2020

2001-7979 (ISSN) 2001-7987 (eISSN)

199-207 3-081-20

ECEEE Industrial Summer Study 2020
Göteborg, Sweden,

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Preem, 2014-01-01 -- 2018-08-31.

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

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Energy Engineering

Chemical Process Engineering

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