BASF and MAN Energy Solutions Plan Industrial-Scale Heat Pump

BASF and MAN Energy Solutions have entered into a strategic partnership to construct one of the world’s largest heat pumps at the BASF site in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

The planned industrial-scale heat pump will enable production of steam using electricity from renewable energy, taking waste heat from the cooling water system at BASF as a source of thermal energy. The residual heat in the water will be processed using compression to produce steam that will be fed into the site’s steam network.

By integrating the planned heat pump into the BASF site’s production infrastructure, up to 150 metric tons of steam can be produced per hour, equivalent to a thermal output of 120 megawatts. The project could reduce CO2 emissions at the site by up to 390,000 metric tons per year. At the same time, it would make the cooling water system more efficient and less dependent on climate and weather conditions.

The project partners are conducting a feasibility study that is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

With this project, the two partners want to gain experience in the integration and operation of industrial-scale heat pumps and pave the way for the standardization and deployment of the technology at other sites.

BASF has set itself the goal of achieving net zero CO2 emissions by 2050.

Courtesy of BASF.

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