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Waste Heat utilization in the Oil and Gas Industry

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The petroleum industry is a big energy consumer itself. Using waste heat skillfully allows reducing the demand for utilities leading to significant energy savings. It is the objective of this effort to dramatically increase energy efficiency and reduce emissions in the production, processing and transportation of fossil fuels through the use of integrated CHP systems. These are particularly geared towards the unique requirements of the petroleum industry. This includes the use of heat that originates from solar sources.

CEEE at the University of Maryland has extensive experience in the design and implementation of integrated CHP (combined cooling heating and power) projects. Faculty at PI has experience in the design and operation of petroleum processing plants. Jointly the team assesses waste heat sources, utility requirements and cooling needs and develops integration options that utilize waste heat to the largest possible extent to reduce total utility demand.