What's the problem?

Industry-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have been continuously increasing during the last years and are higher than GHG emissions from other endues sectors (high confidence). Despite the declining share of industry in global gross domestic product (GDP), global industry and waste/wastewater GHG emissions grew from 10,4 GtCO2 eq in 1990 to 13,0 GtCO2 eq in 2005 to 15,4 GtCO2 eq in 2010.

Total global GHG emissions for industry and waste/wastewater in 2010, which nearly doubled since 1970, were comprised of direct energy-related CO2 emissions of 5,3 GtCO2 eq, indirect CO2 emissions from production of electricity and heat for  industry of 5,2 GtCO2 eq, process CO2 emissions of 2,6 GtCO2eq, non-CO2 GHG emissions of 0,9 GtCO2 eq, and waste/wastewater emissions of 1,4 GtCO2 eq. 2010 European direct and indirect emissions were dominated by CO2 (85.1%) followed by CH4 (8,6%), HFC (3,5%), N2O (2,0%), PFC (0,5%) and SF6 (0,4%) emissions.

Currently, emissions from industry are larger than the emissions from either the buildings or transport end-use sectors and represented just over 30% of global GHG emissions in 2010 (just over 40% in agriculture, forestry, and other land use.


Some numbers

UE Industry Energy Consumption (TW/year)
EU Industrial Heat Comsumption (TW/year)
Economical impact (M€)
Ecological Impact (GHG)

What's HEAT-R LIFE project?

HEAT-R aims to provide a breakthrough in Energy Harvesting (EH) solutions, specifically for waste heat recovery for industries which have heat intensive processes. AEInnova has developed a new product allowing the direct conversion of Waste Heat into electricity based on a thermoelectric principle called the Seebeck effect. The novelty over current technologies is a modular unit using multiple ThermoElectrical Generation cells (TEG) associated and controlled through a patented programmable control unit based on System-on Chip (SoC) technology,  overcoming current limitations.

HEAT-R Objectives

The demonstration of proper performance of HEAT-R 01

We will apply this technology in 3 industry sectors that have high levels of waste heat emissions through the implantation of 3 pilot projects

HEAT-R adaptation 02

HEAT-R adaptation to all temperature ranges and its replication to all identified segments

Full validation 03

The full validation of the solution according to customers’ needs and market demands and the
definition of the manufacturing process

Go to market 04

The scale-up and industrialization of HEAT-R through economies of scale

Social influence 05

To influence behaviour in Resource Efficiency by industries and obtain feedback from relevant stakeholders. Among the interested groups are legislation and standardisation bodies in the field of Energy Efficiency, such as EREF or ECEEE.

Decision makers in the field will be made aware of the development of the project with a goal to ensure compliance with both normative and standards


See our pilots


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project status

HEAT-R Activities & Progress

A.1 Review of state of the art, administrative and legal requirements 100%
A.2 Technical planning and use-cases requirements of the project 100%
A.3 Stakeholder consultations 100%
B.1 WHRU development for petrochemical sector 10%
B.2 WHRU development for iron and steel sector 1%
B.3 WHRU development for cement sector 1%
B.4 Demonstration in customer facilities 1%
B.5 Environmental & Legal norm development 100%
B.6 Business strategy 60%
B.7 Market/competitor analysis 55%
B.8 Replicability and transferability 30%
C.1 Monitoring of the LIFE performance indicators during and after the project duration 13%
C.2 Life cycle analysis (LCA) 26%
C.3 Socio-economic impact 1%
D.1 Public and local awareness and dissemination activities for the general public 19%
D.2 Technical dissemination and communication activities for result transferability 20%
E.1 Project management by AEInnova 100%
E.2 After LIFE+ Plan 1%