Ten water circuits from intensive energy and water consumer companies, from different industrial sectors (Steel, Non-Ferrous Metals, Chemistry, Pulp and Paper, Food) will be studied and modeled by the consortium. A reduction of energy consumption of at least 10% in all project pilot case studies is expected. The objective is to cover the main energy consuming circuits with the highest optimization potential. The selection of representative circuits will take place under consideration of the following aspects:
- Circuit function: cooling, gas washing, rinsing, steam production (condensate circuit) and process operation (fracking, descaling, quenching,etc.);
- Circuit units: pump types, pipe material and length, cooling/ gas washing tower types, integrated treatment types (sand filter, reverse osmosis,etc.);
- Technical parameters: water flow, pressure, energy consumption, required water quality.