Green heat for industry

December 12th, 2022

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

Lead Organisation:
Australian National University (ANU)

1414 Degrees, AdBri, CSIRO, Fortescue Metals Group, Grange Resources, Hatch, Heliogen, MHI/Primetals, Sout32, Worley, WSP


Start date:
March 2022

Completion date:
February 2023

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

Heavy Industry Low-Carbon Transition CRC

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:
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


December 2022