Heat pumps can help to decarbonize Europe

Viking joins EU-funded heat pump project

Viking Heat Engines has been invited by the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) to participate in an EU-funded project aimed at reducing CO2 emissions from European industries. As part of the project, Viking will provide compressors, manifolds and technical know-how.

The industrial brick industry wants to reduce its CO2 footprint

High-temperature heat pumps are believed to play a significant role in decarbonizing Europe. Today, industrial processes use expensive coal, gas or electric boilers to reach temperatures above 100°C. By installing heat pumps, a manufacturing plant can instead use the excess heat, or waste heat, generated on site and turn it into usable energy at the required temperature - typically somewhere between 120-160°C.

The DryFiciency project, led by AIT and funded by the EU through the Horizon 2020 programme, aims to develop two heat pumps systems for waste heat recovery to save up to 80% of energy used in today’s industrial drying processes. The project addresses three sectors, namely brick, pet care and the food industry. The results are, however, of major relevance to several other energy-intensive industries, such as the pulp and paper industry.

“There’s a growing need for high-temperature heat pumps and currently there is no such system in place to support our manufacturing industry,” says Veronika Wilk at AIT. “With this project, we believe we can make a significant contribution in reducing Europe’s CO2 emissions and support companies in becoming more competitive.”

A unique opportunity

Geir Robstad, Special Projects Director at Viking Heat Engines, says AIT reached out to Viking since it’s the only company in the world that has a commercial product that can reach the required temperatures and above (Viking's HeatBooster can boost heat up to 160°C).

Geir Robstad, Special Projects Director at Viking Heat Engines

“The DryFiciency project had already started when AIT learned about us, but when they saw what we had to offer they applied to the EU for permission to add us to the consortium,” he says.

With the help of Viking and other partners, AIT aims to install the two heat pump systems at three industrial plants owned by large international companies by the end of the year.

“The world is waking up to high-temperature heat pumps,” Robstad says. “Industries are genuinely interested in finding greener technologies for their processes that also are economical viable. And thanks to AIT and its partners, we have been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to prove that we have the solution industries have been looking for”.

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