Additional heat recovery on Oven, Kiln or Calciner

Corrosion and fouling limit heat recovery. Polymer economisers and air preheaters are corrosion resistant and fouling can be easily cleaned.

Improve efficiency

Easy cleaning

Prevent fouling & corrosion

Your Oven, Kiln or Calciner has additional heat recovery potential

Improve oven efficiency

The oven efficiency can be improved  by using a polymer air preheater or economiser.

Lower CO2 emissions

Every 1% efficiency increase of your Oven, Kiln or Calciner results in 1% CO2 emission reduction.

Decrease fuel costs

The additional heat that is recovered is applied to heat up air entering the oven or heating up process water. Therefore, fuel consumption is reduced.

Heat recovery on your Oven, Kiln or Calciner is limited by corrosion and fouling problems

Energy is lost via the stack

The required heat in Ovens, Kilns or Calciners is generated by firing fuels like natural gas, hydrogen rich gas, fuel oil. The heat loss can be significant. Recovering this heat can be challenging due to the fouling and sometimes corrosive character of the exhaust air, product vapours and flue gas. 

Corrosion and fouling problems

Hot exhaust air and flue gas from Ovens, Kilns or Calciners are vented into the atmosphere. The exhaust air or flue gas may contain: combustion products from the fuel, components released from the processed products and dust particles. In general, the exhaust air and flue gas tend to be fouling and/or corrosive due to the components present. When the flue gas is cooled to recover heat, the acids will condensate and fouling accumulates.

How to recover more heat from your Oven, Kiln or Calciner

Use flue gas heat to warm up water

The first and most important question to answer is what to do with the recovered heat. Heating up water is one of the options. The hot water can be used as process water or water for cleaning purposes. The hot water can also serve as an energy carrier for heating buildings or to export the heat to neighbours. To prevent corrosion and deal with fouling, a polymer or stainless steel Economiser -which is corrosion resistant and has good anti-fouling properties- is applied.

Use flue gas heat to warm up air

A second way to improve the efficiency of your oven, kiln or calciner is by heating up combustion air or warming up oven circulation air. The hot air can also be exported for drying purposes. To prevent corrosion and deal with fouling, a polymer Air PreHeater -which is corrosion resistant and has good anti fouling properties- is applied.

In-line cleaning

All HeatMatrix heat exchangers can be equipped with an in-line cleaning system. This prevents blocking of your heat recovery system. Water or other cleaning liquids can be used. Condensate and washing liquids are collected separately and can not flow back to your process.

Heat recovery systems for Ovens, Kilns and Calciners


Polymer Air Preheater

Heat up circulation air or combustion air by extracting heat from exhaust air or flue gas. The air preheater is corrosion resistant & anti-fouling and is easy to maintain and clean.
HeatMatrix - Economiser - Small - Vrijstaand - V1.1

Stainless steel or Polymer Economiser

Warm up boiler water or process water with waste heat from exhaust air or flue gas. The economiser is corrosion resistant & anti-fouling and is easy to maintain and clean.
HeatMatrix - Ecopack - vrijstaand - V0.1


In the EcoPack the exhaust air or flue gas heat is recovered to warm up water. The EcoPack is  a complete  installed solution for smaller flows. You can directly start saving energy.

Industries with waste heat recovery potential

Industrial Cookie Bakery

20% gas reduction

The industrial bakery has the ambition to reduce energy consumption. In the production process of cookies many fatty ingredients are used like butter and chocolate. In the oven fouling baking vapours are extracted and currently released to the atmosphere at high temperature. The bakery would like to recover heat from these vapours to reduce overall energy consumption.

Because of the smooth surface of the polymer tubes the HeatMatrix polymer APH has a low tendency to foul. This aspect in combination with an in-situ cleaning system made it the perfect combination for heat recovery at this bakery.

A polymer Air PreHeater was installed and cools down all the baking vapours from the oven. Circulation air for the oven is preheated from 15 to 103°C, which results in a heat recovery of 143 kW and a reduction of the oven gas consumption of 20%.

Case study Brick manufacturer

591 kW heat recovered

In the ceramics industry flue gases are released from the oven at a temperature of 150 to 250 °C. This flue gas is sent directly to the 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, fluorides, soot and dust. When the flue gas is cooled down, an acidic condensate is formed which causes corrosion.

The polymer Air PreHeater of HeatMatrix is a robust solution for the corrosive and fouling flue gases. The inline cleaning system allows frequent water washing which ensures an optimal performance of the APH at all times.  The APH is insensitive for corrosion due to the used polymers. The recovered heat is typically used to heat-up the air going to the drying chambers.

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 makes it possible to clean the heat exchanger within 3 minutes in case particles or dust have accumulated. A business case was prepared to use the recovered heat for preheating of the incoming  cold air at the dryer section. A overall payback period of 3 years was determined.

Technical Assessment of heat recovery on your Oven, Kiln or Calciner

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