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A Belgian water utility is looking for partners for a H2020 call on energy efficiency (EE-01-2017: Waste heat recovery from urban facilities). The aim is to demonstrate an innovative wastewater heat recovery system, in an urban context. For this purpose, the water utility seeks: 1) other water utilities and cities interested in demonstrating the wastewater heat recovery system in cities, 2) universities or SME to monitor the energy and GHG savings of the system.
The water utility together with a South Brussels city council intend to submit a proposal against H2020 call - EE-01-2017 (Waste heat recovery from urban facilities and re-use to increase energy efficiency of district or individual heating and cooling systems), which specifically targets heat recovery from wastewater.
The consortium comprises the water utility, the Brussels city council as well as experts for installation of heat exchanger in sewages and connection to the existing heating system of buildings. Demonstration in 2 or 3 urban areas of the energy/GHG emission savings, cost efficiency and replication potential of the system will be at the heart of the project.
The consortium has selected a first urban site in Brussels to be used to demonstrate the system in the context of a building and sewage renovation in a dense area.
At this stage, the consortium seeks:
-Other water utilities and/or cities interested in testing the wastewater heat recovery system.
- An experienced research department or SME experienced in monitoring energy and GHG savings of innovative heat recovery solutions.
The call deadline is 19 January 2017.
Expression of interest as soon as possible and open until June 2017
The water utility has developed and patented a heat exchanger system that can be integrated in the sewage pipelines to use the calories from sewage waters so as to provide heating and hot water production to a nearby building.
Compared to other wastewater heat recovery systems, the heat exchanger developed by the water utility does not need any deviation of the sewage network to be implemented - thus reducing considerably the investment needed. It can be placed in the sewer during renovation works and acts as a “left in place” formwork that is usually placed in sewers for a similar cost.
Together with a university, the water utility has analysed during one year the wastewater heat recovery system at a pilot scale. It concluded to: a low temperature variability of the wastewater, good resistance of the heat exchanger to extreme hydraulic conditions and the ability to heat and produce hot water even with a weak flow.
In cities, the water utility or regional authority shall be able to identify and bring in a demonstration site: a dense urban area where sewage renovations are planned and where nearby buildings could be connected to the system.
The research department or SME shall be able to prove past experience / references in monitoring energy and GHG emission savings of waste heat recovery systems.
The water utility has already implemented at a pilot scale the system for heat recovery from wastewater. It analysed its efficiency and several temperature and flow parameters over a year with a research partner. The water utility is now ready to scale it up at a larger scale and has already identified urban sites where a demonstration could take place.
1) City authorities / Water utilities
In cities, the water utility or regional authority shall be able to identify and bring in a demonstration site as follow: a dense urban area where sewage renovations are planned and where nearby relevant buildings could be connected to the system.
2) The research department or SME shall be able to prove past experience / references in monitoring energy and GHG emission savings of waste heat recovery systems.