Web portal on solar heat for industrial processes

A new website of the international Solar Payback project has all of the details on Solar Heat for Industrial Processes (SHIP) (www.solar-payback.com). The number of industrial solar heat plants quadrupled from 120 in 2012 to over 500 in 2016. Most systems have been installed in the food and beverage industry, at plant and machinery manufacturers and in the textile sector. The largest SHIP installation, a 27,5 MW solar field measuring 39 300 m2 of collector area has been providing heat for electrolytic refining at a Chilean copper mine for three years.

The website offers comprehensive information on SHIP potential and suitable solar thermal collector technologies, an overview of selected applications in manufacturing at different temperature levels and statements by satisfied investors from all around the world. Key charts are available for download in each of the three languages and can be used at no cost in presentations and brochures.

One special feature of the new website is the world map of suppliers of turnkey solar process heat systems. The interactive chart depicts 71 companies from 22 countries and their SHIP services. Some are collector manufacturers designing, planning and building industrial solar heat plants; others are specialised project developers focusing on renewable heat in industry. Project developers’ growing interest in this cost-effective solar heat segment means that more turnkey suppliers will be added to the map.

Solar Payback is a three-year project to promote the use of SHIP across four partner countries – South Africa, India, Mexico and Brazil. As part of the German International Climate Initiative, it is raising awareness of SHIP’s technical and economic potential by providing clear-cut and transparent information on costs and benefits and by helping to build selected reference systems. Additionally, Solar Payback cooperates with financial institutions to develop models which will assist stakeholders and investors in securing access to funds.

The next project milestones are to add a tool to the website – making it possible for anyone interested in SHIP applications to assess the economic feasibility of a potential plant – and to offer downloadable studies on the SHIP potential in the four partner countries in early 2018.

Contact Dr. Karen Surridge-Talbot, SANEDI, karenst@sanedi.org.za 

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