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ITC Launched New Pilot Plant – Part of the SMARTREC Project

The Instituto de Tecnología Cerámica (ITC) is progressing in its efforts to improve en­ergy efficiency in the ceramic industry. A new heat recovery system has been launched at the ITC pilot plant located at the Campus of the Universitat Jaume I in Castellón as part of the SMARTREC Project “Development of a Modular Standard Solution for the Flexible Integration of Heat Recovery and Thermal Storage Capable of Recovering and Managing Waste Heat”.

SMARTREC is a three-year project, involving nine partners from six European countries and funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 Programme. This heat recovery system is based on heat transfer technology using a phase-change fluid (HPHE, Heat Pipe Heat Exchanger). The British company, Econotherm Limited, one of the project partner, has built the equipment, which has been installed in the at the stack flue gases of a pilot kiln fueled by natural gas. Dr. Hussam Jouhara, Technical Director of Econotherm Ltd., SMARTREC’s partner company in charge of building the demonstrator, visited ITC to attend the start-up of the facility with the institute’s technical staff. The equipment launched at ITC has been designed to study the use of low-temperature waste heat from an industrial process. Work is now underway to determine the performance of this innovative heat recovery installation under working conditions similar to those found in ceramic tile industrial kilns.

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