Solar Thermal for Industrial Uses (2011)

This issue brief, created and distributed by the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, discusses the current status of solar thermal energy and its potential in industrial applications. Taking a business approach to solar thermal heating, it addresses the potential demand, opportunities, costs and barriers that solar thermal may incur in the future.  

This brief breaks down potential solar thermal demand into three levels and highlights the different industrial tasks that can benefit from the use of hot water produced by solar thermal. Furthermore, it presents the market trends that will define the industry in the medium term and supports this with case studies showing the use of solar thermal heating in a brewery, a Gatorade manufacturing facility and a piano manufacturing plant.

Authors: Joseph Gosselar, Matthew Johnson

Date: 2011

Pages: 12

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