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USA: Californian Solar Process Heat Potential and Gas Price Competitiveness

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 19, 2016
Researchers at the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have observed a renewed interest in solar process heat applications in recent years, mainly thanks to “the improvement and proliferation of solar collectors for electricity generation and the development of sophisticated solar collector modelling tools.” Last year, two of those researchers – Parthiv Kurup and Craig Turchi – conducted a study on the potential of solar process heat provided by concentrating collector technologies in California (see the attached document). This study, entitled Initial Investigation into the Potential of CSP Industrial Process Heat for the Southwest United States, was supported by the US Department of Energy and was published in November 2015. The chart taken from it shows the annual energy use of steam in industry segments which utilise the largest amount of gas. The study’s authors found the temperature range from about 120 to 220 °C to be of great interest, as it enables the use of concentrating optics and of water as the heat transfer fluid. 
Chart: Page 22 of the attached study

Optimizing Solar Thermal Performance with Data loggers (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This white paper from Onset Computer Corporation explains how consumers, engineers, installers and technicians can take advantage of data loggers to make sure their solar thermal systems are running at peak performance.


Solar Thermal Industry in Cape Verde. Potential Market (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 5, 2013

The solar water heating in Cape Verde is practically inexistent. This master dissertation provides an overview of the current status of the country with a view of understanding the potential of solar thermal energy use in Cape Verde. The following market analysis tools are used: the Porter’s Five Forces, the National Diamond, the PESTLE analysis and the SWOT analysis.

Energy [R]evolution. A Sustainable EU 27 Energy Outlook (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on November 20, 2012

This report was commissioned to the German National Centre for Aerospace, Energy and Transport Research by Greenpeace and the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC). It concludes that around half a million jobs could be created in Europe by 2020 if renewables energies and energy efficiency were to be given priority in the political agenda over nuclear power and fossil fuels. This would require a drastical change in the way we produce, consume and distribute energy which encompasses the following 5 principles:

Renewable Energy in Industrial Applications. An assessment of the 2050 potential (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on November 12, 2012

Up to 21% of all final energy use and feedstock in manufacturing industry can be provided by renewable energies by 2050, concludes UNIDO, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, on this report published in 2010.

The publication sheds some light on the use of renewable energies (biomass, solar thermal, heat pumps) in industrial applications. Although widely known for its use in residential applications, renewable energies are less common in manufacturing.  

Technology Options of Solar Thermal Systems in South-East Asia – Lessons learned from Thailand and Vietnam (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 23, 2012

This power point presentation - given by Dr Ing Christoph Menke (University of Applied Sciences, Trier) – outlines the technology options and market potential for solar thermal systems in South-East Asia. After an overview of global solar thermal technology, it outlines the potential for solar water heating in Thailand, the temperature ranges for different food industrial processes, and gives an overview of the subsidy programmes implemented between 2008 and 2011.

These subsidies had several positive effects:

Designing Solar Thermal System for Selected Industrial Processes (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 15, 2012

This is a presentation by Stefan Heß of the Fraunhofer ISE, given during the International Conference Solar Process Heat that took place in March 2011 in Austria.

Industrial process heat accounts for more than 20% of the final energy demand in Germany. 33% is needed at temperatures below 150°C, which can be easily achieved with solar thermal collector. The presentation explains why solar thermal is not used for industrial process heat in Europe. Financial restrictions and complex system integration are considered to be the main barriers to the development of this technology.

Paolo Frankl Speaks About IEA's 2012 Solar Heating and Cooling Roadmap

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 12, 2012

This is an interview with Paolo Frankl from IEA made during the ESTEC 2011 conference in Marseille. Paolo explains that IEA is paying more attention to heating and its contribution to consumption. The IEA will release by spring 2012 a solar heating and cooling roadmap. Solar energy in the heating sector is expected to increase significantly. The main drivers to this increase are the environmental concerns (CO2 reductions), but also energy security.

China's Solar Thermal Industry: Threat or Opportunity for European Companies? (2003)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 22, 2012

This is an article wrote by Li Hua from the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation. Li Hua speaks about the Chinese solar thermal market and how it has experienced a fantastic growth without any government subsidies.

Solar Heat for Industrital Process Technical Report. State of the Art in the Mediterranean Region

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 9, 2012

The objective of this technical report is to provide an overview of the state of the art of Solar Heat for Industrial Processes (SHIP), to describe the main technologies existing worldwide, particularly in the Mediterranean, and give recommendations aimed at supporting the spread of this technology. Although there is a very limited penetration of solar technologies in the industrial sector, there is a great untapped potential.


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