On the 30th of May a networking session was held between representatives of the LIFE BEVERAGE, LIFE REFRESHMENT and LIFE OPTIMELT projects. LIFE OPTIMELT (LIFE CCM/NL/000121) was met in the LIFE kick-off meeting of the LIFE BEVERAGE project.
LIFE OPTIMELT wants to demonstrate a new technology which enables several industries which use high temperatures for manufacture, such as the glass industry, to use less energy, emit less CO2 and NOx and lower optimal costs. This technology is based on an innovative waste heat recovery concept called “Thermo-Chemical Regenerator (TCR)”. The main technological innovation of the TCR process occurs in the reforming cycle where a portion of the cooled flue gas (approximately 30%) is recycled back (recycled flue gas, RFG) to the bottom of an already pre-heated regenerator and mixed with a reforming fuel (e.g. CH4). The RFG/CH4 mixture is heated by the hot checker. When the gas mixture is heated above a certain temperature various endothermic reactions occur. An example of these type of reactions is CH4 which is reformed by CO2 and H2O in the RFG to form CO and H2. The reformed gas or “syngas” has higher energy content than natural gas that is merely preheated. The gas is subsequently combusted with oxygen, thus providing thermal energy for glass melting. About 50–60% of the energy in the flue gas can be recovered and returned to furnace.
During this first initial meeting best practices on the way of working on a LIFE project were exchanged. Special attention was given to the financial management and the dissemination and communication activities. Additionally, it was explored if there were mutual interests between both projects and if there are interesting technologies which could be of use, not only in the scope of the project, but for AB InBev in general.