Waste heat Recovery Power Generation Based on ORC Technology in Foundry Industry

The FOUNDENERGY European project (Waste Heat Recovery Power Generation Based on ORC Technology in Foundry Industry), belongs to the EU’s Seventh Framework Program (FP7) and aims to develop a system for generating electricity from the residual heat of furnaces in foundries using the organic Rankine cycle.


This project aims to significantly improve the competitive position of our SME foundry members within the SME-AG partner European Investment Casters’ Federation (EICF), Svenska Gjuteriföreningen (SG, Swedish foundry association), Croatian Chamber of Economy (CCE, with its Association of metalworks in Croatia that includes all foundries) and Foundry Association of the Basque Country and Navarre (AFV) by significantly cutting their operational and energy costs. At the same time we will benefit from the exclusive position to produce, commercialise and control the exploitation of an innovative cutting edge technology into the EU and worldwide markets. Also, important benefit is ecological improvement of our environment, e.g. less CO2 and heat disposal into atmosphere.

Hence with this paper we are proposing a product that will still remain profitable even with future lower electricity energy tariffs through incentives, resulting with estimated benefit and savings for the SME-AG members for each year/foundry of about 170kEUR/year with additional 600 tons of CO2 savings/foundry/year.

Therefore the strategic overall objective of the project is to develop a cost effective and low maintenance Waste Heat Recovery system for Power Generation in the Foundry Industry. The designed Waste Heat Recovery system (WHRS) will be based on ORC process, primarily attached to the waste heat sources within the foundry plants, ultimately to produce electrical energy and sell it directly to the power grids or use it for internal consumption purposes. One of the FoundEnergy secondary outputs is also production of hot water for various purposes and needs, including preheat of smelting components or housing hot water supply.

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Fundación TECNALIA Research & Innovation

36 months (12/2011 - 12/2014)

El partenariado está compuesto por 12 socios de cinco países distintos: tres centros tecnológicos (TECNALIA entre ellos), tres asociaciones de fundición (la AFV entre ellas), una cámara de comercio y cinco empresas privadas de distintos sectores.