Waste Heat Recovery Law and Legal Definition

Waste heat recovery means recovering heat discharged as a byproduct of one process to provide heat needed by a second process. It is the process of recovering heat from hot streams with potential high energy content such as hot flue gases from a diesel generator or steam from cooling towers or even waste water from different cooling processes such as in steel cooling.

The States that have achieved 80 percent or more of recoverable waste heat recovery opportunities are entitled to receive incentive grants under the waste energy recovery incentive grant program established by the Secretary in the Department of Energy [42 USCS § 6343 (a)]. In the case of any State that has achieved 80 percent or more of waste heat recovery opportunities, the Administrator shall make a 1-time grant to the State in an amount of not more than $ 1,000 per megawatt of waste-heat capacity recovered (or a thermal equivalent) to support State-level programs to identify and achieve additional energy efficiency [42 USCS § 6343 (c)]. The Secretary will not award grants to any person for a combined heat and power project or a waste heat recovery project that qualifies for specific Federal tax incentives for combined heat and power or for waste heat recovery [42 USCS § 6343 (e)].