Solution | Process

Qpinch Chemical Heat Transformer

Capture waste heat and release at a higher temperature through a physico-chemical reaction

A cyclic closed-loop system requiring no additional water or chemical input, QCHT mimics how nature captures and releases energy

Using the reversible polymerisation of phosphates in an industrial technology to capture waste heat and turn this into new valuable process heat, the Qpinch Heat Transformer recovers residual heat from 40 °C and up, transforming it to new process heat with temperature increases of up to 100 °C. Applicable on a megawatt scale throughout all industries that use industrial heat - including food and feed, oil & chemicals, paper and pulp, cement and manufacturing – it requires only marginal electrical energy consumption and can pay for itself in less than five years.

Key features for a positive impact on quality of life

  • Built with chemical industry standard components and easily integrated in existing and future assets.
  • Best in class technology to produce steam on an industrial scale, confirmed by the Sustainability Portfolio Management Tool executed by Solvay and also endorsed by VITO (Flemish Institute for Technological Development)
  • 2200 tonnes CO2 savings per MW thermal energy output, compared to natural gas steam production.


  • Lowest possible OPEX per MW output: eg. 20 kW electrical input to produce 1 MW thermal energy.
  • For every MW of thermal energy produced with the Qpinch technology, around 250,000 €/year net (fossil fuel consumption, CO2 tax) can be saved. Payback times are less than 5 years.


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2000 Antwerp, Belgium

Activity regions
United States, China, South Korea, Taiwan, India, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Poland, United Kingdom, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, Netherlands,

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Solutions helps to achieve these SDG's.

  • Affordable and clean energy

  • Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Maturity stage

Looking for

New clients - early adopters willing to roll out the Qpinch technology on a large scale. Focus on (petro)chemical, pulp&paper and food&feed industries.

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Categories of application
Heat pumps, Other emerging technologies, Heat pumps and exchangers, Industrial water efficiency, Carbon valorization, Other, Other,