Innovative chill production technology
from waste heat

Imagine turning leftover heat from factories into something valuable instead of wasting it. That's the essence of our project - recycling waste heat into a useful resource, promoting sustainability and efficiency in industrial processes.

This project was supported by The National Centre for Research and Development,
Grant No. LIDER14/0173/2023

Project COOLERHEAT general info

In a world where the demand for cooling is rapidly increasing, and we face escalating energy costs and a pressing need to boost energy system efficiency, innovative solutions are more crucial than ever. Project COOLERHEAT directly addresses these challenges by introducing a groundbreaking solution: a technology that enables the production of cooling from waste heat. This approach not only meets the growing cooling demands but does so while significantly reducing reliance on electrical energy. Our technology represents a leap forward in efficient energy use, offering a sustainable and cost-effective solution to a global challenge.

36 months

The project is structured into three distinct stages: the design phase, the research phase, and the optimization phase. This comprehensive process is scheduled to span 36 months, culminating at the end of January 2027.

9+ team members

The research team comprises nine dedicated members, collaboratively representing two scientific units, three research centers, and three specialized departments. This diverse composition underscores the multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach of our project.

Gdańsk, Poland

The project is primarily being implemented at the Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery Polish Academy of Sciences (IMP PAN), where the project leader and the majority of the team members are based. This centralization fosters a cohesive and collaborative environment for the project's development.

~412 074 Euro

The total amount of the fund granted for this project is up to 1 781 250 PLN. Importantly, the project is fully subsidized, with 100% of the funding provided by The National Center for Research and Development (NCBR).

What is a project goal?

The primary goal of our project is to develop and implement an installation capable of producing cooling from waste heat, aiming to achieve a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of VII or VIII. This level indicates a high degree of development, where the technology has been proven to work under expected conditions. The journey to this goal involves a series of critical milestones and side tasks. Key tasks planned in the project include:

  • Selecting the optimal fluid and cycle parameters.
  • Developing a new high-efficiency turbo-compressor.
  • Designing and building a compact laboratory installation.
  • Conducting wide-range operational testing of the installation.

What are the advantages of the proposed technology?

It's essential to recognize that while various technologies exist for producing cooling from waste heat, many are either still conceptual or in preliminary research stages. Commercially available technologies often come with considerable limitations. In contrast, our technology offers several distinct advantages, making it a more viable and efficient option. Key features include:

  • Minimal consumption of electrical energy: our system is designed to maximize efficiency, leading to significant energy savings.
  • Reduced operational costs: lower energy requirements translate into reduced operational expenses.
  • High efficiency across a broad operational range: the technology maintains high efficiency even under varying operational conditions.
  • Exceptionally low failure rate: due to its robust design, the system experiences fewer breakdowns, ensuring consistent performance.
  • Space-efficient, compact installation design: our technology's compact nature allows for easier integration into existing spaces without the need for extensive modifications.

"Cooling is a multi-faceted challenge..."

"There isn’t one strategy or one answer..."

"What we do in one part of the world impacts the whole global environment..."

India Cooling Lead at CCC and ClimateWorks Foundation

Frequently asked questions

The performance of our installation is closely linked to the temperature of the heat source and the heat carrier. While lower temperatures may affect the overall system efficiency, we have designed our solutions to function efficiently across a wide range of temperatures, ensuring relatively high efficiency even in less-than-ideal conditions. Since the impact of temperature variations can differ significantly from one case to another, we strongly encourage a personalized consultation. This approach allows us to thoroughly assess the feasibility of using our technology with your specific heat source and optimize its performance to meet your unique requirements. Please feel free to reach out to our team for a detailed analysis.

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