During the laundry process, a significant amount of energy is discharged as unused energy into the environment, which is an unnecessary operational cost for a laundry. This energy can be recovered and recycled into laundry machines in the form of hot air or hot water. Heat exchanger devices dehumidify moist air discharged from laundry machines and recirculate the dry heat into the laundry setup.
As industries and corporations hold their service partners accountable for their own ESG goals, laundry service providers too will have to pull up their socks if they wish to keep with the times, by optimising and rationalising the energy required for heat generation in the laundry cycle.
While the technology for this exists, its adoption in India has been slow to take off. There are only a few Indian companies that have plant-based operations and can recapture heat on a large scale.
Four industry experts spoke to Clean India Journal about the existing situation, why more industry players need to jump onto the heat recapture bandwagon, why investing in heat recapture solutions is financially prudent and more.