Task 49
Task 49
SHC Task 49

Solar Heat Integration in Industrial Processes

Solar Thermal World News Stream

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 8:14:55 PM
In July, French NewHeat was revealed to be among the 32 organisations whose applications were approved by the new EU Innovation Fund for small-scale projects. The EUR 4.5 million the company will receive from the fund will cover more than half of the total investment in a 20 MWth industrial solar heat (SHIP) system in Croatia, expected to cost about EUR 7.5 million. The system will be built at a Croatian malt plant, where it will preheat the air used for drying malt. Once completed, it will be...
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 6:53:25 PM
US project developer ergSol is a true pioneer. The company is not only putting up large commercial solar heat systems in California but also supports the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling programme by heading the Demonstration subtask of global research network Task 65 – Solar Cooling for the Sunbelt Regions. It is the first time in the IEA SHC’s history an industry company has taken on such a role as a limited sponsor. The photo shows one of ergSol’s references, a 380 m2 vacuum tube collector...
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 6:09:48 PM
Under the leadership of Christoph Bühler, Ritter XL, a division of Germany’s Ritter Energie company, has risen to become the market leader for solar district heating (SDH) in Germany. His team successfully bid for seven of the last 10 SDH plants exceeding 1,000 m2 to be put out to tender in Germany, including Germany’s largest plant in Greifswald with 13 MWth, which is scheduled for completion in late 2021/early 2022. Solarthermalworld.org spoke with the division manager about why municipal...
Friday, August 27, 2021 1:23:04 AM
Concentrating collectors that provide heat or steam for large energy consumers are still far and few between. In 2020, 35 projects with a total aperture area of 16,300 m2 (11 MWth) were put up around the globe, with the most capacity added in China and Turkey, However, according to the latest policy paper published by the German Association for Concentrated Solar Power – DCSP, concentrating collectors could also be instrumental in decarbonising the heating market in Germany, as well as all...
Monday, August 9, 2021 7:12:09 PM
Many studies have shown the huge potential solar thermal has for clean heat production in industry. But so far, there have been comparatively few attempts to tap into this potential, partly because of high investment costs and partly because of end customers’ lack of knowledge about, and therefore trust in, industrial solar heat solutions. To remedy this, Danish Heliac’s Chief Commercial Officer Jakob Jensen sought to figure out how much solar thermal systems offered in Europe need to cost to...
Monday, July 26, 2021 7:52:53 PM
At an online press conference in May, IEA Executive Director Dr Fatih Birol made some surprisingly forceful statements about the global net-zero emission targets for 2050 – statements that have since been widely quoted in the media. “This is not a race between nations but a race against time. And no one wins unless everyone finishes,” he said. He also underlined that there is no longer a need for further investment in oil, gas and coal. The online event marked the launch of the IEA’s 224-page...
Monday, July 12, 2021 6:49:02 PM
The Swedish company Absolicon Solar Collector has joined forces with ABB Robotics to sell complete automated production lines for parabolic trough collectors throughout the world. The company has so far signed 13 letters of interest with investors on various continents. The idea is to reduce technology costs by producing collectors locally in countries with high irradiation potential. Parallel to this, Absolicon is negotiating with big food and beverage chains about the use of solar heat to...
Monday, July 12, 2021 6:09:48 PM
The Israeli collector producer and project developer Tigi has joined the small group of solar heat companies worldwide that are stock market listed. Tigi’s IPO (initial public offering) was on 21st March at Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) in the cleantech sector. The company raised NIS 34 million from its share issue (around USD 10 million). According to Tigi’s CEO Zvika Klier (see photo) the additional capital will be used to grow the company into a large supplier of “mid-size industrial,...
Friday, July 2, 2021 8:30:14 AM
In 2020, Germany was the world’s leading solar district heating market, while China saw the largest increase in the number of industrial solar heat systems added in a single country, according to Solar Heat Worldwide 2021. This year’s edition, presented last week during a Solar Academy webinar that drew more than 350 people, is the first to highlight the top three countries for a variety of application areas. Published annually by the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme, the report has...
Friday, June 25, 2021 1:32:31 AM
To simplify the design of industrial solar heat systems in Europe, the German University of Kassel has developed an Excel tool that can be used to create standardised heat load profiles in multiple industrial subsectors. The amount of heat that industrial businesses use each day is a very important factor in sizing solar systems and estimating annual solar fractions. The free tool, created as part of IEA SHC research platform Task 64 Solar Process Heat, can be downloaded from the Task 64...