Task 49
Task 49
SHC Task 49

Solar Heat Integration in Industrial Processes

Solar Thermal World News Stream

Thursday, July 18, 2019 8:00:00 PM
In mid-June, a start-up business inaugurated the largest industrial solar heat plant to date in France, a 4,213 m² (3.4 MWth) flat plate collector system, which supplies heat to the Condat paper mill in southwest of the country. Owned by the Lecta Group, the mill is one of the country’s biggest, and its new demonstration system has several innovative features, such as single-axis tracked collectors to increase the yield and outlet temperature. Furthermore, the system is being operated by an...
Thursday, July 4, 2019 8:30:47 AM
After four years of intensive scientific-technical work, the Association of German Engineers, also known as VDI, will soon publish VDI 3988, a guidance document intended to support  the preliminary design of systems that supply solar heat for industrial processes (SHIP). The document will be released in a bilingual German and English version and include a methodology for estimating heat production costs. It is planned to be published in August and can then be ordered online. The photo, taken in ...
Monday, June 24, 2019 12:21:37 AM
On 25 May, the mayor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, announced plans to turn the capital into a solar city based on a new Energy Sustainability Strategy for the years 2019 to 2024. The goal is to install 787,000 m² of collector area by the end of 2024, some at residential units, some at Nixtamal mills, which produce corn flour for tortillas, a key element in the Mexican diet. Alberto Valdés, who is spearheading the effort as head of the Solar City project, estimates that 3.2 % of the city’s...
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 9:19:42 PM
By the end of 2018, more than 500,000 m² of concentrating collector area had been installed globally to provide heat for large commercial and industrial facilities. The biggest installations were started up in China and Australia in 2016 and in Oman in 2017, while a notable number of small concentrating solar heat systems came online in India and Mexico in 2018. The photo shows an installation in the South Australian desert, where 52,000 m² of mirrors focus sunlight on a receiver on top of a...
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 6:00:00 PM
Within the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme, preparations have been made to establish a new international research platform focusing on nearly market-ready technology and processes for industrial solar heat (SHIP) with temperatures of up to about 400 °C. “Our aim is to raise the profile of solar heat, which has been a reliable and affordable source of energy for industry,” said Andreas Häberle (photo right), Director of the Swiss-based SPF – Institute for Solar Technology, who...
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 6:44:57 PM
On 15 May, the Austrian Ambassador to South Africa inaugurated two landmark projects that had received support from SOLTRAIN, the Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative, during planning and installation. One became the first solar district heating plant in Sub-Saharan Africa (see photo) and the other the region’s largest solar process heat system. While the former, a 600 m² flat plate collector array, was installed on the roof of a Witwatersrand University building ...
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 8:25:21 PM
A popular business model for solar thermal companies is a heat supply contract. More than 80 % of the businesses shown on the global map of turnkey systems providers for industrial solar heat, also known as SHIP, see these contracts and ESCOs as important means to boost sales. Almost the same number of companies likewise said difficulties with financing were a major cause of slow growth in the SHIP market. This article is a follow-on to a previous one discussing the findings of a global SHIP...
Sunday, May 12, 2019 6:00:00 PM
In February, Germany’s Industrial Solar and Australia’s Gasco signed a cooperation agreement to develop the solar process heat market in Australia and its neighbouring countries by offering hybrid systems which use both solar and fossil energy. The photo shows a solar field installed by Industrial Solar at Japan Tobacco International in Amman, Jordan. It consists of Fresnel collectors used for direct steam generation. Source: Industrial Solar   Staff at Industrial Solar, a German-based solar...
Thursday, April 25, 2019 10:27:43 PM
Theoretically, Switzerland would need to install 8 million m² of collector area (5.6 GWth) to exploit the full potential of industrial solar heat below 100 °C, considering an annual yield of 400 kWh/m². The related study, titled Sol-Ind Swiss, was presented by its author, Mercedes Rittmann-Frank, a researcher at the SPF Institute for Solar Technology in Rapperswil, during the SPF Industry Day on 5 March. The map shows the six systems that provide solar heat for industrial processes (SHIP) in...
Thursday, April 25, 2019 7:00:09 AM
In 2018, suppliers of industrial solar heat technology commissioned 104 systems with a combined collector area of at least 57,283 m² (40 MWth). The number of systems was nearly identical to that a year earlier, when 107 installations came online. At the end of last year, at least 736 SHIP plants were up and running in all corners of the globe, a 16 % increase compared to 2017, when 632 were in operation worldwide. These are some of the findings from surveying turnkey solutions providers listed...