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IEA SHC Task 49: Solar Process Heat Showcase in Montpellier

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 5, 2015
Arcon-Sunmark ChileIndustry participation is key for the research work of IEA’s Solar Heating and Cooling Programme. Hence, the researchers of Task 49, Solar Heat Integration in Industrial Processes, used the last meeting in France in mid-September to hold a one-day workshop dedicated to Solar Heat Integration in Industrial Processes (SHIP) in cooperation with French start-up Energy Service Company Sunti. In Montpellier, SHIP 2015 gathered experts from the solar process heat collector industry, researchers, government and non-government organisations, as well as representatives for potential customers. Customers were particularly interested in the economic feasibility of systems. A wide variety of plants and operation data was presented. The photo shows the installation of the world’s largest solar process heat plant at the Gaby copper mine in Chile. Each year, the plant saves 6,500 tonnes of diesel, which would have had to be transported by 250 trucks through the desert.
Photo: Arcon-Sunmark

Germany: Industrial Solar and Viessmann Work on Standardised Process Steam System

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 4, 2013

Together with the German Aerospace Centre's Institute of Solar Research, DLR, German companies Industrial Solar and Viessmann are working on a standardised hybrid system based on solar energy and fossil fuel to generate steam for industrial applications. The so-called SolSteam project is being funded by the German Federal Environment Ministry, BMU, and its first milestone is to find a customer for the pilot plant.
Photo: Industrial Solar

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