Waste Heat to Value

Reducing emissions-intensity for industry by developing profitable, clean energy projects from waste heat.


We want to see you thrive in a net-zero world.

Terrapin develops waste heat to power projects for industrial clients seeking to lower their emissions-intensity. We offer a turnkey solution that maps and evaluates their waste heat resource and converts it into useable and valuable energy. 


The electricity generated from these projects can be used to:

  • Offset client grid electricity consumption

  • Replace power currently being produced on-site from diesel gen-sets or natural gas units

  • Sell back to the grid, generating revenue from electricity prices and future capacity market payments

Businesses that make their own power from their waste heat resources would reduce their scope 2 emissions and squeeze the most value out of their existing processes - a compelling ESG story for stakeholders.

Why Innovators Are Turning To Waste Heat

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Growing Market

As carbon pricing and emissions-intensity concerns become more prevalent in North America, waste heat is transforming from an afterthought to a forethought. 

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Innovative Projects

We develop waste heat to value projects by bringing third-party capital to the table. We own and operate the project, paying our industrial clients for access to their waste heat.

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Robust Technology

We deploy Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) technology - a mature, reliable technology that has found waste heat recovery applications in projects where steam is not suitable.

What Is Waste Heat Recovery?

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Waste heat to power using Organic Rankine Cycle technology (Photo: Exergy International)

No industrial equipment nor process is 100% efficient. Inefficiencies are often in the form of waste heat losses. Depending on the temperature of this waste heat, it can be reused locally for preheating purposes, or converted to an emission-free source of power.

In a waste heat to power project, a waste heat recovery system extracts the thermal energy from the exhaust gas of an industrial plant to power the Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) module via the intermediate fluid. The intermediate fluid, which is usually oil, pressurized water or steam, transfers heat to the organic fluid in the ORC evaporator, where the organic fluid vaporizes. The vaporized fluid then passes to the turbine. The vapour expands, causing the turbine to spin and creating electricity through the generator. The vaporized organic fluid then continues through the cycle to the condenser where it returns to a liquid state. It then passes through the pump before beginning the cycle again.

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Waste Heat to Power Applications

Natural Gas

Cement Plants

Steel Mills

Glass Factories

Our Project: Natural Gas Turbine Waste Heat Recovery




Heat Source

Technology Used


Design and development

8 MW

Natural gas compressor station

Waste heat from natural gas turbine

Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) system

Terrapin's Partnership Development Model

Beyond the heat source and site, Terrapin considers the jurisdiction's power market, carbon offset market, policies, and regulations to ensure that the project is economically feasible.

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