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First Thermal and Fluids Engineering Summer Conference

ISSN: 2379-1748
ISBN: 978-1-56700-430-4

HUMIDIFICATION OF INDUSTRIAL PROCESS FLOWS BY MEANS OF WASTE HEAT RECOVERY

DOI: 10.1615/TFESC1.iam.012957
pages 1511-1517

S. Zvenigorodsky
Oakton Community College, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016, USA

A. Chudnovsky
Oakton Community College, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016, USA

Helen Skop
Oakton Community College, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016, USA


KEY WORDS: Waste heat, low temperature, wet exhaust, steam generation, saturation of air

Abstract

Saving of energy is one of the emergent topics nowadays. During the last few decades multiple attractive and cost-effective technical solutions were successfully developed and implemented in the industry. Main focus had been given to high temperature applications as a "low hanging fruit". However, medium and low temperature applications have a much stronger potential for energy efficiency improvement of the entire operation. One of the major reasons for neglecting the medium and low temperature exhausts, is a lack of appropriate heat sinks (consumers of recovered heat). This work will discuss an innovative thermal process, that may cost-effectively and efficiently convert the energy source of wet exhaust into a useful input of heat and water for neighboring applications that presently use energy and water sources (i.e. in the case of industrial baking, it is a dough proofer, water heating service, etc.). Such a process may be extremely beneficial for a wide spectrum of industrial operations, and may partially or fully replace traditional steam generation and electrical heating.

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