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French SHIP investor partners with technology suppliers

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 19, 2018
Photo: FotoliaKyotherm is making plans to fund its first-ever installation for solar process heat, a system of about 15,000 m² of collector area, or 12 MWth, to supply a malting plant in France with thermal energy. The company is a third-party equity investor focused on financing renewable heat installations and helping commercial clients in the implementation of heat purchase agreements. So far, it has been involved in 17 projects, which dealt with waste heat recovery at a steel factory, geothermal heat at a leisure park near Paris and biomass heat from boilers installed in the UK. 
Photo: Fotolia

New technologies for solar cooling in industry

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 14, 2018
Photo: HyCool ProjectThe aim of just launched HyCool is to present, in the form of two demonstration plants, new solar heating and cooling technologies for industrial use. The combination of state-of-the-art Fresnel collectors by Austrian supplier Fresnex with custom-built hybrid adsorption-compression chillers by German-based Fahrenheit will broaden the temperature range, creating a portfolio of applications to increase the use of solar heating and cooling for industrial processes.
Photo: Fresnex

Solar thermal biomass drying in Chile

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 11, 2018
Grammer SolarGrammer Solar, a German manufacturer of solar air collectors, has signed a contract with Ligno Pellets, a Chilean producer of wood pellets, for the delivery and installation of a 220 m² solar field. Grammer Solar, which opened an office in Chile’s capital, Santiago de Chile, three years ago, has so far built some smaller solar dryers of up to 20 m². The new demonstration plant will be supported by the German Energy Agency, also known as dena. The organisation will reportedly cover 40 % of the investment, which is around EUR 100,000. The photo shows the headquarters of Grammer Solar in Immenstetten, in the south of Germany.
Photo: Grammer Solar

ESCO model grows in popularity in South Africa

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 4, 2018
Photo: BSW Solar
“Our clients are cash flow positive from day one,” South African company Energy Partners claims on its website. Up until now, it has been offering heat and steam purchase agreements, mainly on coal boilers, to industrial and public customers. “Purchase contracts for solar heat in combination with fossil fuel boilers could be part of our portfolio in the future,” Johan Kritzinger, Head of the Steam division at Energy Partners, said after participating in a policy workshop organised by the partners to Solar Payback, the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) and the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCCI) . It took place on 24 July in Pretoria.
Photo: BSW Solar

Solar thermal in agri-food industry

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 21, 2018
Four industrial sites owned by businesses producing goods for the agri-food sector will be the real test of whether solar process heat can gain a foothold in the industry. The companies are partners to SHIP2FAIR, which was launched in April in Brussels (see photo) and is scheduled to end in March 2022. The project is being supported by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme and has a budget of about EUR 10 million, subsidies for demonstration sites included. It is managed by a consortium of 15 organisations based in several EU countries.
Photo: SHIP2FAIR
 

Brazil´s enormous SHIP potential

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 18, 2018
Source: IBGE/CNI 2015 and Solar PaybackTens of thousands of companies in Brazil’s industry could be interested in using solar heat, as shown by the chart at the beginning of this news article. Businesses which require large amounts of thermal energy below 400 °C can be found in several sectors, from beverage, chemical and food production to leather and textile making – the right kind of clientele for solar thermal suppliers. These are two of the key findings from the Solar Heat for Industry: Brazil study (see the attached document written in Portuguese), which was published this month as part of the Solar Payback project. It will be presented during the Solar Payback Conference, a half-day event scheduled to take place on 30 August at the Intersolar South America in Sao Paulo (see the attached flyer).
Source: IBGE/CNI 2015 and Solar Payback

Freely downloadable SHIP installation photos

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 16, 2018
SHIP installation photoPlanning to hold a presentation on the solar process heat potential in your country? Thinking about posting news articles to your website? Just go to solar-payback.com, where you can find a photo gallery offering royalty-free images of SHIP systems around the world. The gallery comes with image captions in three languages and already includes 55 photos of existing systems providing solar heat for industrial processes, or SHIP, for use in your publication. 

Raising funds on the stock market for large-scale solar

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 23, 2018
 
Photo: Grenaa VarmevaerkOn 18 June, work on a new solar field for district heating started in the Danish town of Grenaa, on the east coast of the Jutland peninsula. The municipality said the existing 12,000 m2, or 8.4 MWth, system had been running to everyone’s satisfaction since 2014. In May, it inked a deal for another solar field measuring nearly 21,000 m2, or 14.7 MWth, to be delivered by Finnish-based flat plate collector manufacturer Savosolar as a turnkey installation. The aim of the expansion is to use solar thermal energy to meet demand for district heating between May and July, so that the wood chip boilers can be turned off during the same period. 
Photo: Grenaa Varmevaerk

Vacuum tubes with CPCs dominate SHIP market

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 16, 2018
Concentrating solar thermal technologies continue to flourish in India. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has reported to have received concentrating solar thermal applications worth more than 10,000 m2 since the national subsidy scheme was extended in February 2018. Most applications were about solar heat for industrial processes, also known as SHIP, and cooling. Vacuum tube collectors with CPCs, short for compound parabolic concentrators, are one of the technologies eligible for the scheme and took the lion’s share at nearly 80 %.
Photo: Thermax

Dish technology in Asia

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 3, 2018
Photo: Megawatt SolutionsA webinar that took place on 22 May put the spotlight on concentrating dish systems manufactured in India and Pakistan. Titled Concentrating Solar Heat Solutions Available Today for Carbon-Free Industrial Heat and Steam Generation and organised by Spanish-based consultancy ATA Insights, it highlighted the main advantages of these dishes: flexibility and low space requirements. The photo shows a solar process heat installation at a dairy in India. A recording of the entire event and the presentations that were held are available online.
Photo: Megawatt Solutions

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