Waste Heat and Wastewater Recovery in Textile Processing Industry: A Case Study of Adopted Practices
Textile wet processes dispose of huge amounts of water and energy in the form of hot wastewater and exhaust gas emissions. A significant amount of water and energy can be conserved by adopting various waste heat and water recovery methods, such as the use of heat exchanger, recycling hot wastewater, steam condensate, and cooling water recovery and reuse. In this study, various waste energy and water conservation methods are summarized to highlight their importance for water and energy conservation. For practical consideration, a detailed assessment of such practiced methods was done in one textile processing industry. The obtained results revealed that a high amount of energy and water could be conserved by adopting various waste heat and water recovery methods, with the advantage of reducing environmental pollution while minimizing the consumption of energy and water.