29 June 2015
Evaluation of waste heat to power potential in the USA

The Heat is Power Association has announced the release of the Waste Heat to Power Market Assessment, prepared for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory by “ICF International”, that is available to the general public. The report provides a comprehensive look at the industrial sources of waste heat across a wide variety of industrial sectors and processes in the U.S. Importantly, it is the first major independent report to assess the opportunity to deploy WHP technologies from both high temperature and lower temperature waste heat streams.

Some of the key highlights from the report include:

  • Over 14,500 MW of technical potential at over 2,900 sites
  • Over 4,000 MW of projects with a payback of three years or less
  • 3,500 MW of potential in the petroleum refining sector, nearly 1,500 MW of which could be cost effectively implemented today
  • 3,160 MW of potential opportunities in Texas, California and Louisiana alone, over 1,100 MW of which could be cost effectively implemented today

WHP potential is provided by industrial sector and by state. The report used available waste heat data from two prior DOE reports that looked at twenty-one manufacturing sectors. The authors then assessed the technical and economic potential for converting the available waste heat to electricity taking into account the costs and capabilities of available WHP technologies and the costs of electricity to industrial customers in each state. A complete copy of the report can be found here.