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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.

Investigation of Solar Heating Systems for Industrial Applications in Northern Ethiopia (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on September 21, 2011

This is a presentation made during the 2011 ISES World Congress in Kassel, Germany, by the researchers M. B. Kahsay, R. Cherkos and I.P. da Silva.

A research had been conducted in several industrial facilities in order to assess the impact of solar applications on industrial processes, especially on those requiring extensive use of hot water and heating. Based on the data provided by the solar energy system employed, the researchers could come up with an economic analysis of solar thermal applications for industrial use.

Concrete Storage for Solar Thermal Power Plants and Industrial Process Heat (2008)

Submitted by Hans Craen on September 17, 2009

This paper was presented at the 2008 International Renewable Energy Storage Conference which took place in Berlin, Germany. In 2003/2004, the German government funded a project undertaken by the German Aerospace Center to test a concrete storage module on the Plataforma Solar de Almeria in Spain.

A follow up project developed by Ed. Züblin AG concentrated on cost reduction, storage capacity and thermal conductivity. The design, construction and test results of the concrete storage test module are presented in this paper.

Applications of Solar Heat for Temperatures Ranging from 50 – 2000°C (2008)

Submitted by Hans Craen on August 27, 2009

This paper was presented at the 5th European Thermal-Sciences Conference which tool place in The Netherlands in 2008. The major application of solar thermal relates to domestic and industrial water and space heating which require relatively low temperatures.

Solar Heat for Industrial Processes (2004)

Submitted by Hans Craen on June 2, 2009

This document was released by the International Energy Association (IEA) in 2004 to increase attention and participation for integrating solar heat into industrial processes. It also explains “medium temperature” collectors and examples of solar heat plants worldwide with their different types of collectors.

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Potential for Solar Heat in Industrial Processes (2008)

Submitted by Hans Craen on May 7, 2009

This paper from 2008 wants to highlight the potential use of solar thermal plants to provide heat for industrial applications. It reports on studies which have been carried out accross the world: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Portugal and Spain.

The report states that the main focus of solar thermal today is on the residential sector, which, as is acknowledged, has a lot of opportunities. However, the report also shows that the potential for industrial applications may not be ignored due to its share in primary energy consumption.

Barriers to Technology Diffusion: the Case of Solar Thermal Technologies (2006)

Submitted by Hans Craen on March 27, 2009

This joint paper from the OECD and IEA (October 2006) looks into the different barriers that exist which prevent solar thermal technologies to deliver its real potential. Next to listing the barriers, the document also looks into means to overcome these, the existing technologies & markets and identifies best practices which can be used by policy makers in both industrialised and developing countries.

Three barriers to diffusion are analysed in more detail:

(1) Technical barriers,

(2) Economic barriers and

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