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In the LEAP (Low Pressure Steam Heat Pump) project, the integration of heat pump systems for for low-pressure steam supply is being investigated in detail on the basis of the processes of the two industrial partners Lenzing AG and Austrotherm GmbH. For this purpose, possible integration points are identified and the most promising ones are selected for more further analysis. The integration of heat pumps into industrial processes is often complex, as they are usually integrated into existing processes. Therefore, the optimal process integration determines the efficiency of the measure. The investigations will also provide the basis for upscaling in order to exploit the full waste heat potential at the industrial sites under consideration. Furthermore, the investigations in the LEAP project should provide the basis for the development of new business models.
The heat pump is a key technology for the decarbonisation of Austrian industry. The findings from the LEAP project will be used to identify the framework conditions and economic requirements for promoting the integration of steam-generating heat pumps in existing industrial processes.
„Heat pumps are currently only used sporadically in industrial processes. Steam is an important process and heat transfer medium in industry, so steam-generating heat pumps are of particular interest for the decarbonization of industry. The results of LEAP should help to get a better insight into the technology and its potential.“
08. March 2022
Despite numerous efforts to promote and address the issue, the proportion of women in technical professions remains low. During the week of the International Women’s Day, the NEFI Innovation Network will highlight successful female technicians. They are NEFI project managers or are pushing the decarbonisation of industry with their know-how and expertise.