Waste heat recovery from wet processes in textile production

Many wet processes in textile production, including dyeing, resulting in large amounts of hot wastewater as effluent. The heat energy, which is usually wasted, can be recovered and used again for preheating of process water, apart from other applications. 



Energy management professionals

Production professionals

Textile industry sustainability professionals

Vital Stats

How does it work?

Wet processes refer to processes mainly in the fabric production part of the textile value chain. These wet processes, which comprise multiple stages, are used to pretreat the fabric and prepare it for drying, and for finishing off the dyed fabric. Many of these wet processes give out significant amounts of hot effluents whose wasted energy can be recovered and reused within the factory.

Sustainability benefits

Waste heat recovery systems help to enhance efficiency on a large scale, like in large manufacturing facilities and production plants. Redirecting waste gas and reusing it as a heat source can reduce the waste produced by a facility and released into the atmosphere.


Reducing the temperature of the effluent could also make it more amenable to be treated by micro-organisms in conditions where bioremediation of textile effluents is being explored or are practiced.

Stage of commercialization


Types of professionals who can improve the solution

Mechanical engineers, Thermal engineers

Specifically relevant to any geography?

Decarbonization Potential


Value Chain

Textile yarn ,

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POZZI’s advanced system for recovering heat from waste effluents

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Design of heat recovery system for dye effluent in textile industries

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