Alfa Laval – global provider of heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling solutions – has signed an agreement with a Chinese system builder for the delivery of land-based waste heat recovery units. Alfa Laval has supplied large marine waste heat recovery systems for a long time. This newly developed unit – Alfa Laval Micro – is much smaller in size and specifically targets land-based applications. The frame agreement signals the market’s early acceptance of the new solution.
The agreement stretches over two years and comprises the delivery of Alfa Laval Micro units to power plants in Asia. Once installed, the units will recover waste heat to produce hot water which will be used for generating additional electricity. The new system can recover enough heat to boost power production by an additional 6-8 percent.
“This is an interesting, new application for Alfa Laval where we see a great potential,” says Susanne Pahlén Åklundh, President of the Energy Division. “We have worked with solutions for waste heat recovery for decades, and with the new Alfa Laval Micro WHR unit we complement our offering. This product can recover heat from any source with warm exhaust gases, such as power plants, and convert it into additional electricity. It is beneficial both for our customers’ bottom line, and for the environment.”
The 2-year frame agreement has a total value of approximately SEK 60 million, split 50/50 over 2020 and 2021. As of the first quarter 2020, some SEK 30 million had already been booked in the Gasketed Plate Heat Exchangers unit of the Energy Division.
Energy recovery (and reuse) is vital to achieve energy efficiency in industrial processes. It is predicted that energy efficiency will be the main contributor to reaching the Paris Agreement.