Areas of application
The rotation heat pump provides particular benefits if the source and sink are not constant. The combination of two rotation heat pumps in order to attain a temperature rise of up to 120 °C is a unique application.
The heat can be used for your own needs, or possibly also fed into an existing district heating distribution system.
Application possibilities are found in the following industries, for example: paper industry (graphical papers, hygiene papers, packaging, technical paper production…), food industry (dairies, sugar production, distilleries, breweries, frozen food production…), chemical industry (organic base materials, fertilisers, petrochemical, other chemical products), textile industry, drying processes (wood, tiles, etc.), plastics, automotive industry, metal industry.
|Sink in (°C)||95||115||60||65||120||90||70|
|Sink out (°C)||120||140||90||85||140||105||95|
|Source in (°C)||80||100||70||60||110||80||65|
|Source out (°C)||60||80||45||45||95||70||45|
The requirements for integration are low, and the installation costs are usually lower than for conventional heat pumps.
Local and district heating
Here, the integration is typically quite easy, because there is already a water circuit that can be used either directly or integrated via heat exchangers.
For this type of application, a COP that is up to 100% higher compared to conventional heat pumps can be expected.
Exemplary characteristic numbers for district heating use
|Sink in (°C) (district heating return)||60|
|Sink out (°C) (district heating supply)||100|
|Source in (°C) (air from flue gas condenser)||60|
|Source out (°C) (waste gas)||30|
Industrial drying and cooling processes
Drying often requires different temperatures throughout the process. The RHP can continuously adjust the temperature electronically controlled.
Exemplary characteristic numbers for industrial drying processes
|Sink in (°C) (ambient air)||10-35|
|Sink out (°C) (air for drying process)||40-60|
|Source in (°C) (ambient air)||10-35|
|Source out (°C) (air for cooling in the process)||0-5|
|COP (dependent on the exact temperature combinations)
One particularly advantageous application is when hot water is required in the production process (e.g. in the chemical industry). In this case, cooling water can be used as a source, and the hot water can be provided for the production process. This is a very efficient application in a temperature range that cannot be achieved by conventional heat pumps.
Instead of generating heat and cold separately, a rotation heat pump can also be used.
Exemplary characteristic numbers for a high-temperature application
|Sink in (°C) (hot water from production – return)||90|
|Sink out (°C) hot water for production – supply)||120|
|Source in (°C) (cooling water – return)||80|
|Source out(°C) (cooling water – supply)||55|
Lower cross-sections can be used in the pipework during the installation between the system and source or alternatively sink. Since the pipework is often several hundred metres long, this results in significant savings. Furthermore, accumulators are often not necessary. In operation, the ROTATION HEAT PUMP has considerable advantages over maintenance-intensive systems with reciprocating piston compressors and screw-type compressors. The principle of rotation is considerably easier on material and mainly proven, standard, industrial components can be used.
The cost benefits of the rotation heat pump essentially arise from its efficiency, the favourable investment costs (procurement, installation) and low operating costs
The high flexibility of the ecop process is seen in the efficiency: In specific applications, temperatures often fluctuate very highly around the design points so that inflexible systems often have to accept low hours under full load, lower performance, poor COPs and hence long, actual amortisation times.
Comparison of the total costs in the first 10 years. The exact numbers and slope of the lines depends on the specific application. The total costs mean all the costs of a project for the setup and integration, i.e. the costs of the system, installation, planning, civil engineer costs, storage, regulation.
Plant at Bioenergie Bucklige Welt (Austria)
„Bioenergie Bucklige Welt GmbH“, located in Schwarzau (Austria), put a ROTATION HEAT PUMP K7 into operation in 2020. Bioenergie Bucklige Welt operates a biomass cogeneration plant. It produces 16 mio kWH electrical energy and 33.000 MWh of heat per year. It supplies private and public buildings in the region (e.g. the Linsberg spa) with heat. Because of increasing demand an expansion of the capacity was planned. There was unused waste heat that had no constant temperature, so the ROTATION HEAT PUMP came into play.
We instantly understood the advantages of this completely new technology und did not hesitate to act as a pioneer. Apart from the technical fascination there were substantial economic reasons for this decision. Furthermore, the ecological aspect is very important for us.
There were about 20 possibilities for integration. Each of them was calculated and the most efficient was chosen. The heat pump uses as source heat from the condenser of the steam turbine und increases the return flow temperature of the district heating system. Thus less energy is required to reach the necessary maximum flow temperature. The steam from the turbine so far was cooled with fans und heat was given off to the environment.
The high flexibility of the ROTATION HEAT PUMP is fully used because temperatures differ between summer and winter (source winter: 42° Celsius, source summer: 60°).
Conventional heat pumps can only be optimized for one operating point, RHP can efficiently deal with different temperatures with only one plant (adoptions are made with rotation speed).