Green heat for industry

January 11th, 2023

R&D Focus Areas:
Techno-economic evaluation, Energy systems integration, Industrial heat processes

Lead Organisation:
Australian National University (ANU)

Completed (March 2023)

Start date:
April 2022

Key contacts:
Lead Investigator: Associate Professor John Pye (ANU):

Heavy Industry Low-Carbon Transition CRC

Project total cost:
AUD$812, 652 (cash and in-kind contributions)

Project summary description:
The transformation to decarbonised industry is a challenging one, not least because of the need for large amounts of high-temperature heat (~600–1400°C). Supplying this heat into continuously operating plant from variable renewable sources implies a need for some form of energy storage, and it is not yet clear which of the many pathways for renewable energy collection, storage and heat delivery will be most cost effective over the coming decade.

This project undertakes to review and compare alternative pathways for the production and supply of renewable heat, including via combustion of green hydrogen, strategies for integrating green heat into processes, and two case studies where process modelling and optimisation will be assessed in greater detail, with reference to specific temperatures and operating conditions of selected industrial processes.

Related publications and key links:
Green Heat for Industry | Projects | HILT CRC
The work was presented at the recent SolarPACES 2022 conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. An initial case study was presented at APSRC 2022 in Newcastle, New South Wales. Journal papers are in preparation.

Higher degree studies supported:
Not applicable


Reviewed: September 2023