7. Heat Pump Assisted Distillation

  1. Anton Alexandru Kiss

Published Online: 2 APR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118543702.ch7

Advanced Distillation Technologies: Design, Control and Applications

Advanced Distillation Technologies: Design, Control and Applications

How to Cite

Kiss, A. A. (2013) Heat Pump Assisted Distillation, in Advanced Distillation Technologies: Design, Control and Applications, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118543702.ch7

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 APR 2013
  2. Published Print: 12 MAR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119993612

Online ISBN: 9781118543702



  • absorption heat pump;
  • compression–resorption heat pump;
  • heat-integrated distillation column;
  • mechanical/thermal vapor recompression;
  • solid-sorption cycle;
  • Stirling/Vuilleumier/Brayton/Malone cycle;
  • technology selection scheme;
  • thermo-acoustic heat pump;
  • vapor compression


Distillation has a low thermodynamic efficiency, requiring the input of high quality energy in the reboiler while rejecting a similar amount of heat at a lower temperature, in the condenser. Several heat pump concepts were proposed to upgrade that discharged energy and reduce the consumption of valuable utilities. This chapter explains the working principle and describes the most promising heat pump (HP) systems – such as VC, MVR, TVR, AHP, CRHP, TAHP, HIDiC – that can be used to upgrade the low quality energy from the condenser to drive the reboiler of a distillation column. Moreover, a practical selection scheme for binary and multicomponent separations is given, allowing process engineers to quickly and easily narrow down the most suitable energy efficient technologies applicable to distillation processes.