Waste heat recovery in North Africa and Middle East, a solution to mitigate serious air pollution

Energy solutions for different environments

Termogamma Energy Solutions, the international business branch of Termogamma Group, is specialized in identifying and offering energy solutions which resolve the specific needs of different and often complicated environments.

An especially complicated energy environment is that of Lebanon, a country whose energy infrastructure has been severely damaged by a 30-year civil war and which has still not recovered. In particular, the only licensed electricity generation company – the state-owned Electricite du Liban (EDL) - is unable to provide continuous power supply to its residents, businesses and manufacturing industries.

A compromise – heavy fuel oil and diesel driven on-site power generation severely damage air quality and people’s health, let alone comfort. On certain days when there is no wind, the air is unbreathable and people remain completely blocked.

Energy without emissions

When you read energy without emissions, you are probably thinking of renewable energy such as wind, solar, hydro or biomass. Yet, very few people think of the freely available waste heat from the large number of generators (also known as gensets) available all around North Africa and Middle East.

The gensets consume fuel to generate electricity and in this process they heat up. This is heat is usually just dissipated in the environment. Yet, engineers know that it can be captured and delivered as useful energy.

Heating, cooling or electricity

Once you capture that heat, you have a choice what to do with it. It can remain thermal energy for building heating or can be made into steam for industrial processes which needed it – think of textile, breweries, dairy farms, etc. It can be also transformed into cooling for industrial processes – think plastic factories, chemical and pharmaceutical, and many other – or can be used for air-conditioning of buildings. Yet another option, this free waste heat can be even transformed into electric energy.

Numbers speak louder than words

According to the recently issued First Energy Indicators Report, the industrial sector in North Africa and Middle East consisted of more than 4,000 factories distributed over more than 20 sub-sectors in the report’s baseline period (year 2010, data collected in 2015). The thermal energy they consumed in that period accounted for around 23% of all energy, equivalent to more than 4,200 GWh.

Normally thermal energy is provided through boilers which consume fuel and produce pollutant emissions too. Since all industries have generators for their electricity needs, boilers can be stopped and kept for back-up. Almost all the needed thermal energy can come from the clean energy source of recovered waste heat from the gensets.

How waste heat is captured

KitCOG is a system which Termogamma Energy Solutions has designed and constructed especially for that purpose – waste heat recovery from gensets. It is a ready to use system, completely designed built and tested in our main factory in Italy.

KitCOG can be installed indoors or outdoors, depending on the available space of the client – a factory or any other building which needs its free energy. Termogamma Energy Solutions takes into account the specific energy needs and constraints of each client in order to ensure maximum results and fast payback.

Why trust Termogamma Energy Solutions

With over 30 years of experience, we know energy efficiency and how to make it work for different environments. We have recently stepped on the North Africa and Middle East market and our solutions were presented at the biggest energy forum in Lebanon – IBEF, attracting key energy people from North Africa and Middle East, the Arab World, and the international community. There we were part of the Italian delegation organized by the Italian Trade Agency (ICE).

We are ready to meet you in one of our next trips to North Africa and Middle East and check if KitCOG can deliver free energy to your building. You are welcome to contact us to arrange a meeting.