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,Â as is acknowledged, has a lot of opportunities. However, the report also shows that the potential for industrialÂ applications may not be ignored due to its share in primary energy consumption.
Also, the industrial heat requirements are often between the low and medium temperature range which makes that this sector has ample potential for solar thermal applications. The report concludes that the expected impacts of developing solar thermal for industrial applications would result in a contribution to the EU renewables target and would also have a positive impact on job creation.
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