About FLCTDWaste Heat Recovery

Last Date for Application
30th May 2020
2018 and 2019 WHR Winners
10 innovations won FLCTD grant awards in the WHR vertical over the 2018 and 2019 innovation challenges.
Entries are invited to 2020 FLCTD Innovation Challenge for Waste Heat Recovery
[Last Date for Application: 30th May 2020]
The Challenge is open for Waste Heat Recovery technology innovations across all industrial sectors. These innovations shall be deployed to address technology gaps and improve overall energy efficiency in industries and commercial operations for the following areas:
  • High temperature range: Innovations demonstrating heat recovery at temperature ranges above 600 degree Celsius for productive end-use applications such as, but not limited to, power generation, pre-heating of feedstock, pre-heating of primary / secondary air, space conditioning or any other use in the process or utility service that requires heating. The innovation should demonstrate reduction in the energy released in atmosphere from the production processes that are either continuous or intermittent (batch process) type, without effecting product quality.
  • Medium temperature range: Innovations demonstrating heat recovery at temperature ranges between 600 degree and 150 degree Celsius for productive end-use applications such as, but not limited to, power generation, pre-heating of feedstock, pre-heating of primary / secondary air, moisture removal from feedstock or solid fuel, space conditioning or any other use in the process or utility service that requires heating. The innovation should demonstrate reduction in the energy released in atmosphere from the production processes that are either continuous or intermittent (batch process) type, without effecting product quality.
  • Low temperature range: Innovations demonstrating heat recovery at temperature range below 150 degree Celsius for productive end applications such as, but not limited to, pre-heating of feedstock, moisture removal from solid fuel, cooling or any other use in the process or utility service that utilizes heat. The innovation should demonstrate reduction in the energy released in atmosphere from the production processes that are either continuous or intermittent (batch process) type.
Eligibility and Qualifiers
All innovative solutions should be based on the proof-of-concept or early stage prototype and clearly indicate the technology gap being addressed.
Following are the indicative qualifiers:
  • Innovations that result in overall efficiency improvements.
  • Emerging and novel technology applications that reduces energy consumption, including through power generation, system heat requirement reduction, reduction/substitution in use of fossil fuel.
  • Design improvements that reduce energy consumption, overcome application constraints and improve economic feasibility
  • Heat recovery from untapped/un-utilized sources of heat.
Who can Apply?
  • The innovation challenge is open to Entrepreneurs, Startups, Indian Technical Institutes / Universities, Research Institutes, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Industries, Public Sector Enterprises and Government Laboratories.
  • Consortium of Indian companies, non-profit organization, Association, academic institution, R&D organization.
  • Indian Start-up companies in collaboration with Industry/Academia/research institutes/ are highly encouraged to apply.
  • Innovation teams with women entrepreneurs will be given preference.
Incentives for Participation
  • Grant up to USD 50,000 for winning technology with provision for demonstration at multiple locations, wherever required;
  • Performance Verification to establish the efficacy of innovative technology in working conditions;
  • Business Acceleration and Mentoring support from industry experts;
  • Financial due diligence and Fund-raising support after successful completion of technology validation;
  • Recognition from Bureau of Energy Efficiency and UNIDO;
  • Grant disbursement will be linked to the progress. Indicative progress-based milestones are:

    30% of the award grant will be given to the innovator winning the innovation challenge


    50% after installation/commissioning of the innovation


    20% at the end of the deployment phase, upon completion of Technology Verification Reporting


Parameters for Selection
This is only an indicative list, and is not exhaustive, and is subject to change and modification.
  • Nature of innovation (Product design/Process Innovation)
  • Addresses a key issue/technology gap in the industry
  • Replication potential
  • Scalability and sustainability
  • Energy saving and greenhouse gas emission reduction potential
  • Financials (pay-back period, Internal Rate of Return)
  • Technology readiness stage (R&D/ Prototype/Pilot demonstration/Commercial)
  • Intellectual Property Right / Patents (granted/applied)
General Guidelines, Terms, and Conditions
  • Participant shall submit solutions/product designs owned by them or to which they have right to claim and use as owned by them. Suitable documents to this effect must be submitted along with the entry.
  • Participant shall ensure that any submission made in the Challenge does not violate any of theirs or any third party‚Äôs intellectual property rights, confidentiality, trade secret and violate any statutory provisions.
  • BEE, UNIDO, its employees, members of Expert Panel and organizers of this innovation challengeshall in no event be liable for any violation of IPR, or license or permits required from third party.
  • Participant shall not assign any rights, obligations, or privileges hereunder without the prior written consent of Organizers of the Challenge.
  • BEE, UNIDO, Organizers, members of Expert Panel, supporting organizations or any employee or agent shall not be liable for, any costs incurred or loss or liability or loss in expectation of profits or loss due to failure of understanding the terms and conditions of the Challenge or of any expected benefit of the participant in relation to entry and submission in the Challenge.
  • By way of selecting the entries for evaluation at any Stage or for Final Award, Participants shall not be entitled to claim or have got endorsement from BEE and UNIDO of any sought whatsoever, or have earned approval of any sought whatsoever of BEE and UNIDO, for use in any form whatsoever anywhere in the Industry.
  • At any Stage while evaluating the entries, organizers shall be free to contact the Participants and carry out discussions on the matter submitted by the Participants and seek clarifications. Any solicitation by participants in whatever form in respect of their entries shall not be entertained and entries of such participant shall be disqualified from the Innovation Challenge.
  • BEE/UNIDO/Organizers may change the Terms and Conditions of participation at any time without prior notice. It shall be sole responsibility of the Participants to update themselves of information posted in the website from time to time.
  • BEE/UNIDO/Organizers may disqualify a Participants from the Challenge for breach of any of the conditions of this Challenge, or discontinue this Challenge.