IEA-IETS Annex 15: Industrial Excess Heat Recover (Phase 2)

Within the framework of the IEA IETS Annex 15, potentials for the use of waste heat and technologies for their integration are collected, bundled and processed through contributions from national research activities. Recognized knowledge is disseminated on a national level and integrated into ongoing research activities.

Short Description

Problem formulation and initial situation

Progress in energy relevant technologies is of great importance to achieve the collective goals of secured energy supply, environmental protection and economic and social development. A participation in the IEA-IETS gives Austrian stakeholders the possibility to establish research cooperation on an international level, to conduct projects and to offer R&D services in the field of industrial energy-relevant technologies and systems. The participation allows access to valuable know-how and increases the visibility of Austrian research activities and players in an international environment.

Objectives and methods

The main objective is the integration of Austrian research institutions into the international network, their participation within a platform for information exchange and the initiation of international projects in the field of excess heat usage in industrial processes. This will push the development of new cooperations and partnerships in industry and research, will unify and help strengthen the transfer of knowledge as well as the development of technological competences.

Expected results

The results from the international cooperation within IEA IETS Annex 15 will be implemented in ongoing national research and development projects. Furthermore the obtained know how will be spread nationally through workshops, presentations and publications. On an international level, the industrial sector in Europe is strengthened by the tight cooperation and the transfer of knowledge.

In the ongoing project additional topics will be elaborated in this follow up project:

  • Development and testing of pinch-methodology for the evaluation of industrial waste heat potentials
  • Pinch-Analysis and documentation for case studies shall be carried out
  • Identification and analysis of training needs in Austrian industrial companies
  • Derivation of recommendations for training and further education

Project Images

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Publications can be found on the German project site.


Austria, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Portugal, Sweden

Contact Address

AIT Energy Department
Project Leader: Univ.-Prof. Dr. René Hofmann
A-1210 Wien, Giefinggasse 2

TU Wien
Institut für Energietechnik und Thermodynamik
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Markus Haider
A-1060 Wien, Getreidemarkt 9

AEE - Institut für Nachhaltige Technologien
DI Christoph Brunner
A-8200 Gleisdorf, Feldgasse 19