Reducing CO2-emissions is an extremely complex task especially in industrial processes. On the one hand, jobs must be preserved. On the other hand, society has a duty to protect the environment, to significantly limit the further use of fossil raw materials, and to ensure the supply of energy. In order to achieve these ambitious goals, solutions are needed that enable the German industry to change from fossil to renewable energies.
Industrial processes are usually operated with material flows at very different temperatures. In the course of this, process heat and cooling energy are provided by technologies, which today almost exclusively rely on fossil fuels. During this decade, the focus has to shift to the sustainable provision of heat.
Virtual model of a high-temperature heat pump
In the department of High-Temperature Heat Pump (HTP) we are tackling this challenge by developing an HTP prototype. This HTP will provide both process heat and cooling. Operational as well as thermodynamic findings from the practical test runs are verified and validated using simulation models. The following questions are addressed during the practical test series:
These questions are the technical and scientific challenges of the department to accompany established industries on their way to energy transition and to offer suitable low-CO2 key technologies for process heat and cooling in the future.
Schematic diagram of the pilot plant CoBra
Dr. Ing. Eberhard Nicke
Institute of Low-Carbon Industrial Processes
Schwenninger Weg 1
Tel. +49 2203 6012057