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Industrial heat recovery projects sought for government grant scheme

A total pot of £18m has been set aside to help finance studies and design work in order to expand the market potential for adopting heat recovery systems on an industrial scale

Grant applications for a share of £18m in funding that has been set aside to help finance industrial heat recovery technologies are being accepted by government up until 31 January next year.

The Industrial Heat Recovery Support (IHRS) programme, which will run until 2022, is intended to help partly finance work on making use of waste heat for a range of processes.

These include meeting the needs of different end users, such as through a heat network, or by meeting demand elsewhere in an industrial facility.

Businesses of all sizes are invited to apply for the fund, which forms part of the UK’s ambitions to fully offset or eliminate carbon emissions within the next three decades.

The grant can be used to partially fund a proposed heat recovery project with successful applications expected to help support efforts to increase deployment of similar technologies around England and Wales. Another key focus of the programme is to build industry confidence in industrial heat recovery strategies and systems.

Funding is intended to be provided at one of three entry points, according to the programme guidance. This can include supporting a feasibility study and preliminary engineering work. Funds have also be made available solely for initial engineering work in cases where a feasibility study may already have been undertaken.

The final point for funding support is set aside for more detailed design and delivery work.

All applications received will then undergo a competitive, points-based assessment, according to the government.

Opportunities for heat recovery systems and technologies are also being considered outside of their industrial applications as a means to improve overall domestic efficiency in UK homes as the government looks at options for a Future Homes Standard.

Draft proposals to set standards for new homes over the next decade have considered the use of waste water heat recovery alongside triple glazing and heat pumps as a means to ensure a more efficient and cost-effective heating system. These systems, if installed, might be able to viably support a switch towards a true net-zero carbon home without further drastic changes in building design, according to a consultation document on the new standards.


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