Natural Gas Funding

Program Area: Industrial, Agriculture and Water

Description:  The California Energy Commission seeks information on innovative waste heat recovery technologies to inform future research initiatives and solicitations aimed at reducing natural gas use and greenhouse gas emissions in the industrial sector. We are interested in answers to the following:

  1. What California industries have large volumes of ultra-low (<250º F) or ultra-high temperature (>1,600º F) waste heat?
  2. What research is needed on advanced technologies or materials (including coatings) for recovering waste heat cost effectively in ultra-low heat or ultra-high temperatures?
  3. Should research focus primarily on the ultra-low or ultra-high temperature waste heat or, if not,  what other temperature ranges?
  4. What advanced heat recovery technology improvements are needed to increase wide spread deployment by industry?
  5. What are the cost and technical targets that must to be met to drive customer adoption (such as minimum rate of return or minimum percent heat recovery)?
  6. What complementary technologies and approaches can be combined to increase the value proposition of waste heat recovery systems?

Please submit responses to the Energy Commission docket 19-ERDD-1. Responses must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on August 6, 2019.

The Energy Commission encourages use of its electronic commenting system. Enter your comments for docket 19-ERDD-1 at:

Please note that your written comments, attachments, and associated contact information (e.g. your address, phone number, email address) become part of the viewable public record. This information may become available via Google, Yahoo, and other search engines.

Respondents should not include any proprietary, sensitive, or confidential information.

Please include “Heat Recovery” in the subject box. 

Written comments may also be submitted by emailing them (include docket number 19-ERDD-01 and Research Idea Exchange with “Heat Recovery” in the subject line) to the Docket Unit at