Heat Pump to Decarbonize Industrial Steam

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Wilmington, Delaware
Project Term:
07/29/2022 - 07/28/2024

Technology Description:

AtmosZero, in partnership with Colorado State University, seeks to develop a modular high-temperature heat pump system with the potential to significantly reduce carbon emissions from on-site heat generation in the U.S. industrial sector. Approximately 75% of all on-site energy consumption in the U.S. manufacturing sector is used to generate heat, which means industrial process heat must be decarbonized to substantially reduce U.S. emissions. The team will use a combination of strategic approaches, including: heat recuperation strategies, optimized heat exchanger selection and sizing, and high-efficiency, high-temperature compressors to achieve the desired heat pump performance. Preliminary analysis indicates the AtmosZero system will be competitive with today’s fossil fuel fired systems, reducing heat costs by leveraging the declining costs of zero-carbon electricity sources.


ARPA-E Program Director:
Dr. Jenifer Shafer
Project Contact:
Ashwin Salvi
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