Assessment of Waste Heat Utilization Technologies: Overview

John D. Keenan
Robert N. Amundsen

DOI: 10.2190/R636-X1A9-07E7-FR89


Thermal effluent from power plants can be used to provide warmth for fish, livestock, biomass crops, greenhouses, and wastewater treatment. Some of these applications have been commercially successful, but further progress is contingent upon attracting investment, adapting to power plant operations, and resolving legal uncertainties. In this research, the crucial question of choosing which of these technologies are best suited for any particular power plant is considered. Given information on costs, climate, and the waste heat source, carefully selected trial configurations can be simulated to find the optimal design for a specific site. In this article, a procedure based on the technique known as response surface methodology is outlined. Forthcoming articles in this series will provide detailed descriptions of the models for each technology option.

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