Low Temperature, Efficient Heat Capture to Reduce Natural Gas Consumption in the Chemical Industry


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Lead Agency
Energy Commission (California Energy Commission)
Document Title
Low Temperature, Efficient Heat Capture to Reduce Natural Gas Consumption in the Chemical Industry
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
The main objective of this project is to construct, install and demonstrate the first economically viable, low temperature industrial heat capture system with energy storage. The project's goal is to demonstrate a 15% natural gas usage reduction in a chemical processing plant in Southern California. This project will be the first large-industrial scale demonstration of Element 16's sulfur and pressurized water product. Successful operation of this technology would indicate to chemical industry that the heat capture systems can reliably improve plant economics. One novel feature of the proposed HCS is heat energy storage with quick-charging and discharging. By demonstrating how inexpensive and economically advantageous this feature can be, this project would establish a viable use for intermittent low grade waste heat.

Contact Information
Anish Gautam
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-48
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 327-2382


San Bernardino
Other Location Info

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
This project will be within an existing chemical production facility and will recover waste heat that is already being generated but not used for any useful purpose. This project demonstration is anticipated to reduce natural gas usage by recovering heat from this existing waste heat source, storing it, and discharging the stored heat using new heat exchangers that will be installed on existing product conveyors and dryer equipment to dry existing chemical products which will reduce dryer natural gas demand. Based on the nature of the work proposed to be conducted, and where it will be conducted, this project is not anticipated to have any negative environmental impacts that trigger a CEQA review.

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