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21 December 2012
Energy efficiency: the European Union incites waste heat recovery in new power plants and in the industry sector.

The European Directive on Energy Efficiency was adopted on September, 25th 2012 by the European Parliament. It states that:

“Member States shall ensure that a cost-benefit analysis is carried out when:

(a) a new thermal electricity generation installation with a total thermal input exceeding 20 MW is planned, in order to assess the cost and benefits of providing for the operation of the installation as a high-efficiency cogeneration installation.

(b) an existing thermal electricity generation installation with a total thermal input exceeding 20 MW is substantially refurbished, in order to assess the cost and benefits of converting it to high-efficiency cogeneration;

(c) an industrial installation with a total thermal input exceeding 20 MW generating waste heat at a useful temperature level is planned or substantially refurbished, in order to assess the cost and benefits of utilizing waste heat to satisfy economically justified demand, including through cogeneration, and of the connection of that installation to a district heating and cooling network;”

Member states have 18 months to transpose the text in national law. This directive is in line with the solutions proposed by Enertime to industrialists who already want to valorize residual heat in their factories. We stay at the disposal of our clients to evaluate the best energy efficiency solution for their plants and the potential savings on your energy bills.