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  • Dec 16, 2021

One of the least discussed topics is "Role of Heat in Decarbonisation.
In this article, I shared some of the ideas and work currently in progress to enable heat to act catalyst to accelerate de-carbonization.
Let me know in what other ways you think heat can support Net Zero Future?

#netzero #netzerocarbon #heat #decarbonizationjourney #climatechange #futureenergy

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Matt Chester on Dec 16, 2021

However, heat can be substantially recovered from Thermal Power Plants, Big Energy Storage Systems, Industrial Processes, and data centers.

How much of this is able to be implemented in more of a retrofit vs. being originally designed to maximize heat recovery? 

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Kshitiz Agarwal on Dec 16, 2021

It can be implemented in both retrofit and original design, the challenge here is the business case and not many technologies are available especially for low-quality heat recovery and transportation.

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Julian Jackson on Dec 22, 2021

Hi Kishitiz,


One aspect of heat recovery that is rather "below the radar" is that of cryptocurrency mining. Bitcoin gets a lot of criticism for the energy intensive, hot and noisy process of "mining" (=creating) bitcoins. I have come across several projects where the waste heat is used to heat either greenhouses or in one case a sheep-shed. Generally this was done by rather improvised methods of ducting the heat to where it was useful. 

Obviously the crypto sector needs to reduce its energy consumption, like many others. But if it is going to be wasteful, at least use the excess heat wisely. Have you any thoughts on this?

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Kshitiz Agarwal on Dec 23, 2021

Hi Julian, 

That's is correct, there are various places from where we can recover both high-quality and low-quality heat. The challenge here is the business case and technical from transportation, recovery & storage of the heat (especially low quality). Even if there is either domestic use or peer-peer trading can be possible (like in your example), at this moment economics do not add ups in many cases.



Do you think there should be an open market created for heat trading?

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