Dec 17: Construction starts on major waste heat utilization project in Hamburg

December, 2017

Work began in October on a 2.7-kilometer-long district heating line from a copper smelting plant in Hamburg to the nearby and newly constructed HafenCity district. The plant owner, Aurubis, will deliver waste heat from an exothermic chemical reaction in its copper production process to the edge of its facility. The energy company enercity will then transport it to the district heating grid.

Heat will at first only be supplied from one of the plant’s three production lines — nevertheless enough to satisfy demand in the east of HafenCity even in the winter months.

Heat delivery is scheduled to begin in April 2018. As the construction of HafenCity continues, the project will be built out successively in the coming years. Once completed, the project will reportedly save 4500 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

The project is being funded in part by Germany’s KfW development bank and the European Regional Development Fund.

District heating is just one of many potential uses for waste heat in Germany. If your company works in waste heat avoidance, storage, or utilization, get in touch with one of GTAI’s industry experts today. We would be happy to advise you on the vast opportunities and potential for your company in Germany.

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