About the Workshop
The US DOE CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships hosted the workshop that targeted the development and implementation of industrial waste heat recovery projects for power and heat applications. This was the fourth workshop of its kind. The previous workshops were hosted twice in Irvine, California and once in Houston, Texas. Over 115 attendees represented potential end users, project developers, project operators, various engineering firms, and others. Day 1 of the workshop focused on waste heat recovery concepts, technologies, and project development while Day 2 focused on local, state, regional, and federal policy activities impacting these technologies and their future deployment. The number of networking opportunities proved invaluable as many individuals were able to meet during the networking breaks, lunch sessions, and evening receptions. The regional application centers (RACs) thank the U.S. Department of Energy and the following sponsors for their financial support that aided in the hosting of the event: Hayes Mechanical, International District Energy Association (IDEA), Middough, ORMAT, Primary Energy, Recycled Energy Development, and U.S. Clean Heat and Power Association (USCHPA).
During the event, a number of thought provoking questions were raised following the presentations and during the organized roundtable discussions. A few of the questions are listed here:
- How does the industry get more industrial facilities interested in the deployment of waste heat recovery projects?
- Does the term “waste” denote a negative connotation for waste heat recovery projects? Would a term such as “surplus” better serve the industry?
- Should waste heat recovery be considered in the various states’ Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) programs?
- How should the concepts of waste heat recovery be presented to state and federal legislators and regulators?
The workshop proved to be a successful in bringing many of the industry experts together along with many interested potential end users. Many attendees asked the program organizers about the plans for the next workshop on the same subject. The date and location for such a workshop are undetermined at this point in time, but stay tuned in for the announcement of the next waste heat recovery workshop by visiting the web site of your respective DOE Regional CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships.
Copies of Workshop Program, Agenda, Presentations, Presenter Bios, and Plant Tour Information are now available by clicking on the desired subject.