Waste heat recovery systems for flue gas and exhaust air 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 or chimney

What is keeping you from recovering this waste heat?

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Operational priorities?

You lack time to investigate possibilities to reduce your energy consumption.

Corrosion of an industrial heat exchanger

Corrosive and fouling flue gases?

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

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The business case?

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

HeatMatrix engineers and manufacturers heat exchangers to recover industrial heat and improve energy efficiency for Ceramics plants

Save energy on your thermal process

Recover waste heat - that is now lost - from flue gas or exhaust air

Your thermal process has waste heat recovery potential

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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.

Heat recovery on Ovens and Kilns

Recover heat from your dryer exhaust air to preheat fresh drying air. Make your dryers up to 20% more efficient.

Heat recovery on RTO and Incinerator

Regenerative Thermal Oxydisers are used to remove pollutants from gas streams from the oven. Additional heat recovered from the flue gas is used to heat up air to the dryer section.

How waste heat recovery systems work

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.

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

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Your path to lower CO2 emissions, energy consumption and costs


Technical assessment

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 baking of bricks and (roof)tiles, 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.

The pay-back time of waste heat recovery in a ceramics plant depends mainly on the usage pattern of the recovered heat. Simultaneous operation of the waste heat source (oven) or heat user (for example a dryer) impact the pay-back time. A typical pay-back time will be in the range of 3-5 years.

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.

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.

Technical assessment of waste heat recovery for your bricks or tiles plant

Our process engineers assess the technical feasibility of additional heat recovery on your process. The potential reduction in CO2 emissions, energy consumption and costs is determined.