Sustainable heat in the Dutch industry


The industry has a great need for sustainable heat. Heat is needed for elevated process temperatures, for drying, and for industrial hot water use. In fact, a large number of companies in the agro-food, paper, chemical, horticultural and food sectors use energy above all for their heat supply.

In the transition towards a sustainable, CO2-free economy it is therefore essential for industries to develop sustainable heat supply systems. The Dutch Climate Agreement aims at a fully carbon-neutral heat supply by 2050 and substantial energy savings and reduction of CO2-emissions by 2030.

Sustainable heat in the Dutch industry

Sustainable heat in the industry is identified as one of the most relevant subjects in the national climate agenda. The ambition and foreseen national research activities are described in MMIP 7 CO2 neutral heat.

In view of the complexity of integrating heat innovations in practice, as well as the exponentially growing but scattered amount of knowledge in this field, ISPT has taken the initiative for a national Heat Integration Platform. This platform facilitates the exchange of experiences and the structuring of available knowledge, technologies and tools.

We support the industry in achieving their targets. We accelerate the development and application of sustainable heat and heat-integration technologies. We work on improving efficiencies of existing technologies, designing heat integration strategies, utilizing deep and ultra-deep geothermal energy, and using climate-neutral fuels. In specific fields, such as drying and dewatering, we develop alternatives that can do without heat, for instance membrane-based processes.