Valorisation of Waste Heat in Existing and Future District Heating Systems
Energies 2023
Ieva Pakere, Dagnija Blumberga, Anna Volkova, Kertu Lepiksaar, Agate Zirne

To recover thermal energy from different sources, its quality and possibilities for utilisation are essential. The wide range of engineering solutions includes a direct connection to the district heating (DH) system and the integration of low-quality heat using heat pumps to increase the temperature level of recoverable heat. Therefore, this article compares waste heat valorisation strategies for integration into existing DH networks, low-temperature DH, and ultra-low heat supply systems using the multi-criteria assessment method. In addition, a local scale assessment was performed to identify the waste heat role in existing RES-based DH systems. The results show that the highest waste heat valorisation rate could be reached when integrated into low-temperature DH systems due to high waste heat potential and suitable temperature conditions. However, a local scale assessment shows a significant impact on the already implemented solar technologies, as waste heat could cover around 70% of the summer heat load.

district heating | low-temperature heat sources | waste heat

Pakere, I., Blumberga, D., Volkova, A., Lepiksaar, K., Zirne, A. Valorisation of Waste Heat in Existing and Future District Heating Systems. Energies, 2023, Vol. 16, No. 19, Article number 6796. e-ISSN 1996-1073. Available from: doi:10.3390/en16196796

Publication language
English (en)
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