Solar Payback

Solar Payback is a three-year Solar Payback project, promoting the use of Solar Heat for Industrial Processes (SHIP) across four partner countries – South Africa, India, Mexico and Brazil. As part of the German International Climate Initiative (IKI), it is raising awareness of the technical and economic potential of SHIP technologies by clear and transparent information on the costs and benefits of SHIP applications and by helping to build selected reference systems. Solar Payback partners with solarthermalworld.org to spread the results of the project to a wider audience.

  • Photo: Natália Chaves

    Industrial solar heat strategy and training

    The SHIP training course that took place in São Paulo from November 12 to 14 was well-received by those attending it. Almost 40 engineers, planners and industry representatives participated in the three-day event held by Pedro Horta and Fanny Hübner, of ISE - Fraunhofer Institute for Solar...
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    The multiple ways to promote solar heat

    The first-ever Intersolar Mexico, which took place in early September, offered a platform to promote solar heat in more ways than one. On the third of this month, a Solar Heat Workshop drew in over 40 industry professionals (see photo). Furthermore, the Heat Changer Challenge was kick...
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  • Solar heat conference at Intersolar Mexico

    Solar heat conference at Intersolar Mexico

    National solar energy association ANES is one of the partners to support the first Intersolar Mexico, which will take place from 3 to 5 September in Mexico City. ANES President Dr Angélica Quiñones believes the event will be a good opportunity to strengthen the links between academia,...
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  • Heat supply contracts: Popular but hard to implement

    Heat supply contracts: Popular but hard to implement

    A popular business model for solar thermal companies is a heat supply contract. More than 80 % of the businesses shown on the global map of turnkey systems providers for industrial solar heat, also known as SHIP, see these contracts and ESCOs as important means to boost sales. Almost the...
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  • Mexico, China and India lead global SHIP market

    Mexico, China and India lead global SHIP market

    In 2018, suppliers of industrial solar heat technology commissioned 104 systems with a combined collector area of at least 57,283 m² (40 MWth). The number of systems was nearly identical to that a year earlier, when 107 installations came online. At the end of last year, at least...
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  • C&I solar heat gains popularity in Mexico

    C&I solar heat gains popularity in Mexico

    The Mexican solar thermal market continued to grow slightly in 2018. The newly installed collector area was up by 4 %, although some government programmes were stopped or changed because of last year’s presidential elections. Flat plate, vacuum tube and unglazed collectors each took a third...
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  • New Brazilian government has no appetite for solar

    New Brazilian government has no appetite for solar

    Brazil has just been through a tough election process: The new government is quickly shifting focus, abandoning nearly 16 years of social policy in favour of economic development. Now, the main objective is to improve the economy, which has been in crisis mode since 2014. As a consequence,...
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  • Three November events to promote SHIP

    Three November events to promote SHIP

    A lot of efforts still need to be put into raising awareness about solar thermal technologies meeting industrial heat demand. But the good news is that there are three events planned for November to promote solar heat for industrial processes (SHIP) among solar technology suppliers and end...
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  • Source: IBGE/CNI 2015 and Solar Payback

    Brazil´s enormous SHIP potential

    Tens 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...
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  • Photo: Rackam

    12,000 m² of concentrating solar planned in Brazil


    A consortium of around 10 companies is planning to build a 12,000 m² concentrating solar plant in Jaborandi, Bahia state, to the northeast of Brazil’s capital. This combined process heat and power system will use parabolic trough collectors (see photo) by Canadian-based Rackam to dry tobacco...
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  • Graphic: Solar Payback

    A survey of the global market for concentrating collectors

    Concentrating collector technologies are becoming an increasingly popular choice for customers requiring industrial heat or space heating. This year’s Renewables 2018 Global Status Report includes, for the first time, data regarding new installations of concentrating systems....
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