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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.

structural change in SHIP supply industry

Structural changes in solar industrial heat supply industry

Serving heat-intensive manufacturers with zero-carbon solar heat is a tough business. The potential clients not only expect short payback periods, they are also usually not aware of the opportunities of solar industrial heat (SHIP) yet because of the small number of existing plants. This is the reason there has been …
Solar industrial heat market

Encouraging trends in the solar industrial heat market 2021

The global solar industrial heat market saw encouraging trends in 2021. The first large systems with heat purchase agreements started operation in France and Mexico. Spanish PVT collector manufacturers gained industrial heat and power customers for the first time. Multinational corporations turned increasingly to a zero-carbon heat supply from the …
industrial solar heat in Spain

The big names in Spain’s picking up industrial solar heat market

The latest call for solar heat projects in service and industry in Spain created quite intensive sales activities for technology providers. The Thermal Energy Production scheme awarded funding to 51 solar thermal systems totalling 61 MW. A handful of Spanish companies will provide the technology and installation services for most …
Key SHIP markets are Germany, Chile, Spain and France

Key SHIP markets are Germany, Chile, Spain and France

There are opportunities for solar industrial heat in a large number of countries globally. Among the key markets are Germany, Chile, Spain and France, which were named most by turnkey SHIP suppliers when asked for “the three most important SHIP export markets in the coming years”. Additionally, several countries were …
IRENA report highlights falling solar heat project costs

IRENA report highlights falling solar heat project costs

The Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2020 report illustrates how the competitiveness of solar and wind power improved dramatically in the decade 2010 to 2020. Written by Michael Taylor and his team at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), it shows how even existing coal plants are increasingly vulnerable to …
Multinationals strive to add more clean heat solutions

Multinationals strive to add more clean heat solutions

The latest SHIP Supplier World Map shows detailed information on 75 solar technology suppliers from 23 different countries. Together, they completed around 1,000 solar industrial heat plants until the end of 2020. The global hubs of the SHIP supply chain were Mexico and Germany, both with 10 companies pinned to …
China keeps top spot for industrial solar heat

China keeps top spot for industrial solar heat

Most suppliers of industrial solar heat systems had to delay the closing of contracts and the installation of projects in 2020 because of the global outbreak of Covid-19. The pandemic became one of the main reasons for the sharp drop in the number of new solar process heat (SHIP) systems, …
Opposing trends on India’s solar thermal market 2020

Opposing trends in India’s solar thermal market 2020

In 2020, hopes for growth in India’s solar thermal market were dashed when Covid-19 spread like wildfire around the globe, causing a 10 % drop in annual capacity additions. A survey conducted by Malaviya Solar Energy Consultancy indicates 1.15 GWth (1.64 million m2) of glazed collector area was installed in …
Supply chain maturity and economies of scale drive solar heat costs down

Supply chain maturity and economies of scale drive solar heat costs down

Europe’s solar thermal industry has achieved quite significant cost reductions since 2014, with economies of scale at the project level helping to drive down costs, Michael Taylor, of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), said at a 9 March webinar titled Cheaper than Electrification: How solar heat will replace oil …
#SolarHeatWomen: Women leaders in the solar thermal sector

#SolarHeatWomen: Women leaders in the solar thermal sector

Every day, women around the world work hard to promote solar thermal technology and solutions. But a clear gender gap persists. And the few women who have made it to the top often do not get the visibility they deserve. To shine a light on their successes, solarthermalworld.org has launched …
solarthermalworld.org finds a new home with solrico

solarthermalworld.org finds a new home with solrico

At the turn of the year, German market research agency solrico became the new owner of global SHC news portal solarthermalworld.org, with the January newsletter being the first to have been sent out under new management. But that’s not all: A new decade of growth lies ahead. In the last …
High expectations in Brazil despite Covid-19 worries

High expectations in Brazil despite Covid-19 worries

The solar thermal market in Brazil grew by about 6 % in 2019, adding 1.32 million m2 (0.93 GWth) despite a turbulent economy. The surge came in part due to new commercial customers that require large quantities of hot water and followed four years of steadily declining sales. Owners of …