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Waste Heat Recovery (WHR)

Project Description

This project will utilize waste heat conversion or combined heat and power technologies to recover waste heat from an industrial process to generate a total of approximately 5 MW of clean electricity. TVA seeks to complete this project through leveraging funds with large industrial customer(s). This initiative may result in more than one project depending on the level of matching funds from industrial customer proposals, which will be competed through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process.

Project Implementation

An RFP will be issued to large industrial customers located in the TVA service area that are TVA direct served and local power company served. TVA will provide general technical oversight and financial assistance with the project capital funding, with progress payments to be made during fiscal years FY 2015 through FY 2020. Proposals will be asked to include, but not be limited to the following:

  • Description of project including the technologies to be used and major equipment.
  • Net amount of electricity produced and estimated capacity factor.
  • Total capital cost (including breakdown by cost elements).
  • Total capital funding assistance requested from TVA and detail on capital funding assistance per milestone.
  • Project schedule and major milestones.

TVA will be responsible for providing technical oversight and financial assistance while the industrial customers will be responsible for the actual engineering, design, construction and operation of the WHR system.

Project Milestones


RFP to industrial customers August 3, 2015
Open Window for submitting questions August 3 - 30, 2015
Questions on RFP and Intent to Bid form due September 4, 2015
Responses to questions posted to Online Connections September 11, 2015
Conduct WHR or CHP Webinar Workshop September 16, 2015
RFP Responses Due December 7, 2015
Evaluate proposals and award contract(s) for projects March, 2016
Environmental permitting and reviews August, 2016
Detailed design and engineering package December, 2016
Design review and approval May, 2017
Equipment  procurement December, 2017
Begin site preparation June, 2018
Begin construction, development of operating procedures October, 2018
Construction  complete September, 2019
System prove-out, operations training December, 2019
Commercial Operation April, 2020

* Dates are tentative and subject to change

EPA Agreement Five-Year Budget

$7 million

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