Unlocking Waste Heat Potentials in Manufacturing

Denis Kurle*, Christine Schulze, Christoph Herrmann, Sebastian Thiede

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Industry releases vast amounts of heat energy as dissipative waste heat to the atmosphere. It is therefore necessary to acquire a better understanding of the waste heat potentials in manufacturing. The paper presents an integrated approach for identifying and quantifying waste heat potentials of different production processes. The identification is based on an estimation procedure followed by a simulative assessment of production processes to quantify and allocate waste heat over time. The approach further elaborates on a potential source and demand matching of heat streams. A case study from the automotive industry demonstrates the applicability of the approach.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-294
JournalProcedia CIRP
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event23rd CIRP Conference on Life Cycle Engineering, LCE 2016 - Production Technology Centre, Berlin, Germany
Duration: 22 May 201624 May 2016
Conference number: 23


  • Energy efficiency
  • Waste heat
  • Simulation
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Integrated approach


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