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ZHENIT: Zero waste Heat vessel towards relevant ENergy savings also thanks to IT technologies

ZHENIT overall objective is to promote Waste Heat Recovery (WHR) as key and “ready-to-implement” solutions to achieve 2030 IMO/EU targets for shipping sector decarbonization.

ZHENIT goal is to fully untap “on-board WH potential” developing and validating WHR solutions at different temperature levels towards the exploitation of WH for different on-board services (cooling, power, desalination) thus able to valorise heat in different vessel processes.

The project is driven by a consortium of 13 partners from 6 countries composed by innovative SMEs and excellent R&D Centres (expert in both WHR systems and sustainable shipping) and coordinated by an innovation oriented engineering company (RINA-C).

As part of the project, Encontech is collaborating with partners to develop, design and test an isobaric expansion engine for WH-to-mechanical work to bee used to compress and pump a marine engine fuel or drive other onboard mechanical processes.

Project start and end dates: June 1, 2022 – November 30, 2025.

European Union    


SH2IPDRIVE: Sustainable Hydrogen Integrated Propulsion DRIVEs

In the Sustainable Hydrogen Integrated Propulsion Drives (SH2IPDRIVE) project, 25 companies and knowledge institutions from the maritime sector are working together on a broad and ambitious innovation project to accelerate the introduction of hydrogen as an alternative energy carrier.

The main objective of SH2IPDRIVE is the development of reliable, safe, standardized, scalable and cost effective solutions for zero-emission propulsion and energy systems for hydrogen-based ships.

In this project, Encontech is responsible for developing an efficient isobaric expansion engine to convert the heat from low-temperature fuel cells into usable energy.

Information on the project can be found at the project website: https://sh2ipdrive.com.

Project start and end dates: November 1, 2021 – October 31, 2025.



CHESTER: Compressed heat energy storage for energy from renewable sources

From April 1, 2018 Encontech is involved in EU project “Compressed heat energy storage for energy from renewable sources” – CHESTER. CHESTER project aims at developing a cost competitive innovative system that will allow for energy management, storage and dispatchable supply of many different renewable energy sources (RES) through the combination of electricity and heat sector.

Encontech is responsible for the development of a high pressure heat driven pump, based on the isobaric expansion engine, for the ORC system.

Information on the project can be found at the project website https://www.chester-project.eu, in the project press release and project brochure.

A substantial improvement of the economics of the RO processes is expected due to the use of renewable energy, considerable decrease of capital cost, increased energy conversion efficiency and reduced maintenance cost.

Project start and end dates: February 10, 2016 – February 10, 2019.

European Union    
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CHESTER Broshure

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PULSED COMPRESSION II (PCRII): Etylene production by repetetive compressive activation of methane and preparation of first scale-up/piloting

There is a high demand for cleaner carbon sources and fewer CO2 emissions. The pulsed compression technology developed by Encontech saves energy and emissions compared to conventional ethylene production by using nearly adiabatic compression.

This is done in order to reach the necessary and extremely high temperatures for cracking of methane. It also reduces emissions by using natural gas as a feed stock instead of naphtha. Along with the highly valuable ethylene also hydrogen is produced. A big advantage can be the localized production of liquid fuels near remote gas fields.

The goal of this project is to produce ethylene from methane using pulsed compression technology and to determine the feasibility for industrial applications.

More information can be found at the project website: https://ispt.eu/projects/compact/.

Project start and end dates: January 1, 2019 – June 30, 2023.

Qatar National Research Fund
         Qatar University

Thermal mechanical refrigeration (TMR) using low grade heat

The project concerns the innovative technology for conversion of waste heat to cold via mechanical energy in detour of electricity.

The main objective is to develop, demonstrate and validate novel Thermo Mechanical Refrigeration (TMR) technology based on the use of low temperature heat of about 100C.

The project aims at developing a cost competitive innovative system that:
  • will be able to use heat, derived from any heat producing source (including waste heat, geothermal, solar, etc.), of temperatures as low as 70 0C for cooling to any temperatures;
  • easy scalable in a very wide range from 1 W to 1 MW per single unit (engine cylinder);
  • can be adapted for large number of various applications related to the conversion of heat to usable energy.
Project start and end dates: June 1, 2019 – December 31, 2022.

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