Heat recovery systems for flue gas in the Ceramics industry

Do you need to reduce your energy consumption? Our experts determine your heat recovery opportunities and implement the best heat recovery system in your ceramics plant.

Reduce energy consumption

Prevent Corrosion

Solve Fouling issues

Your oven or kiln is losing energy via the stack

What is keeping you from recovering this energy?

Operational priority

You lack time to investigate energy saving possibilities.

Corrosive and fouling flue gases

Flue gas from your kiln or oven is corrosive and fouled.

Business case

The payback time of heat recovery systems must be less than 5 years.

We design and deliver heat recovery systems for Ceramics plants to reduce their carbon footprint

Save energy on your thermal process

Recover heat - that is now lost - from flue gas.

Your oven or kiln has waste heat recovery potential

Recover more heat from Ovens and Kilns

Recover more heat from the flue gas of your oven to preheat air for the drying chambers or to recycle more heat to the first section of your oven.

The way our heat recovery system works

Capture waste heat

Exhaust air from the oven and flue gases are released to the atmosphere through the chimney. Our heat recovery system captures this heat from kilns or ovens.

Preheat air or water

Cold combustion air, drying air or process water is heated with the captured waste heat. This directly reduces the consumption of fossil fuels.

Our heat recovery systems for Ceramics plants

Polymer Air Preheater

Warm up combustion air or drying air by extracting heat from flue gas. The air preheater is corrosion resistant and easy to maintain and to clean.

Stainless steel or Polymer Economiser

Warm up process water with waste heat from flue gases. The economiser is made corrosion resistant and is easy to maintain and to clean.

Technical Institute for the Ceramic Industry

Polymer Air PreHeating technology researched under the harsh conditions of a brick plant

In the ceramics industry flue gases are released from the oven at a temperature of 100-200 °C. This flue gas is sent directly to atmosphere and a significant amount of energy is lost. Main reason for not recovering heat from this flue gas is the presence of sulphur oxides, chlorides and fluorides and fouling. When cooled down, an acidic condensate is formed which causes corrosion and fouling accumulates.

Polymer heat recovery systems of HeatMatrix are specifically designed for heat recovery from corrosive and fouled flue gases. A test setup was installed at two brick manufacturers with corrosive and fouling flue gases. 

The pilot tests showed that the HeatMatrix polymer APH is able to handle both corrosion and fouling aspects of the flue gas. The installed cleaning system in combination with the smooth surface of the polymer make it possible to clean the heat exchanger within 3 minutes and remove accumulated dust and particles.

Your path to lower CO2 emissions, energy consumption and costs


Heat Recovery Scan

Our heat recovery experts determine the most interesting opportunities for waste heat recovery for your ceramics factory. You receive an overview of options.


Heat Recovery Proposal

We engineer a robust heat recovery solution for your bricks or tiles plant. You receive a proposal with all technical details and an economic assessment with payback time. You have everything for budget approval.

Turnkey Project Delivery

HeatMatrix will design, deliver and, upon request, install a complete heat recovery system in your ceramics plant. You don’t have to worry about the implementation.


For the production of ceramics, ovens are used. An oven or kiln loses a lot of hot flue gas through the stack. By recovering the heat from this flue gas to preheat combustion, circulation or drying air, a significant reduction in energy and CO2 emission can be achieved. Alternatively, the waste heat can be used to warm up water for further use.

The two challenges facing heat recovery in the ceramics industry are corrosion and fouling. For these challenging duties, we offer an innovative solution, based on polymer heat exchange technology. The solution is corrosion resistant, slows down the build-up of fouling and is easy to clean with a built-in cleaning system.

Elements from the clay and fuel form acids in the flue gas, like HF and H2SO4. These acids will condense out when the flue gas temperature drops below - what is called - the Acid Dew Point. This condensation leads to corrosion of surface materials. Our polymer heat exchange technology allows flue gas to be cooled without having the risk of corrosion.

The flue gas contains a number of foulants: dust from the bricks and tiles, condensed acids, salt from the clay and soot coming from the combustion. The foulants are sticky and will block downstream equipment. The polymer heat exchangers have a low tendency of chemical bonding and a very smooth surface. Therefore there is a lower degree of fouling. An in-situ cleaning system is installed which cleans during operation.

Heat Recovery Scan for your bricks or tiles plant

Our heat recovery experts help you determine the most interesting opportunities for waste heat recovery. You receive an overview of options.