Increased use of district heating in industrial processes - Impacts on heat load duration
2009 (English)In: Applied Energy, ISSN 0306-2619, Vol. 86, no 11, 2327-2334 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Current knowledge of the potential for an increased use of industrial district heating (DH) due to conversions of industrial processes to DH is limited. In this paper, a Method for Heat Load Analysis (MeHLA) for exploring industrial DH conversions has been developed. This method can be a helpful tool for analyzing the impact different industrial processes have on the local DH system, when processes that utilize electricity and other fuels, convert to utilizing DH instead. Heat loads for different types of industries and processes are analyzed according to characteristics such as temperature levels and time dependency. MeHLA has been used to analyze 34 Swedish industries and the method demonstrates how conversion of industrial processes to DH can result in heat load duration curves that are less outdoor temperature-dependent and more evenly distributed over the year. An evenly distributed heat load curve can result in increased annual operating time for base load DH plants such as cogeneration plants, leading to increased electricity generation. In addition to the positive effects for the DH load duration curve, the conversions to DH can also lead to an 11% reduction in the use of electricity, a 40% reduction in the use of fossil fuels and a total energy end-use saving of 6% in the industries. Converting the industrial processes to DH will also lead to a potential reduction of the global carbon dioxide emissions by 112,000 tonnes per year.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 86, no 11, 2327-2334 p.
District heating, heat load duration curve, industrial heat load, global CO2
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-17212DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2009.03.011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-17212DiVA: diva2:207454