Process Heat

  • Feasibility studies on 13 SDH plants underway in Austria

    Feasibility studies on 13 solar heat plants underway in Austria

    Solar district heating has turned around the steadily declining solar thermal market in Austria. As reported at the Austria Solar organisation’s annual meeting in December, solar heat was in high demand all over the country last year. Of particular note was the second quarter, in which...
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  • Molten salt: suitable heat-transfer fluid for concentrating collector fields

    Molten salt: suitable heat-transfer fluid for concentrating collector fields

    In a parabolic trough collector demo plant run by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Évora, Portugal, molten salt is used as a heat-transfer fluid instead of thermal oil. The advantage of molten salt is its stability at higher temperatures. Whereas thermal oil cracks at above 400 °C,...
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  • Launch of Solar Thermal Yearbook 2021

    Launch of Solar Thermal Yearbook 2021

    Solar thermal energy is indispensable for the energy transition, but just as indispensable is informing the interested public about the state of the art and the wide range of possible solar heat applications. This is the motivation of the editorial team for launching the first English...
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  • Standardised yield assessments for industrial solar heat plants

    Standardised yield assessments for industrial solar heat plants

    The yield of solar process heat systems as simulated during feasibility studies has a decisive influence on the profitability of the respective investment. Therefore, simulation tools play an important role in the project development phase. Currently, however, project developers use a large...
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  • Pathway to 100 % renewables: “Industry is a really hard-to-abate sector”

    Pathway to 100 % renewables: “Industry is a really hard-to-abate sector”

    “The world is burning more fossil fuels than ever. We need deep structural change,” REN21 Executive Director Rana Adib warned attendees at a panel discussion at last week’s Solar World Congress. “It is not enough anymore to look at the energy supply side – that is, the power sector – but we...
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  • “We have an increasing number of new large projects in the pipeline”

    “We have an increasing number of new large projects in the pipeline”

    The Finnish turnkey solar heat system provider Savosolar held an extraordinary general shareholder meeting on 1 October to discuss rights issues of approximately EUR 5.4 to 6.4 million with three warrant programmes. The assembly authorised  Savosolar’s Board of Directors to decide on...
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  • 10 MW solar plant heats air for malting plant in France

    10 MW solar plant heats air for malting plant in France

    A 10 MW flagship solar heat project was inaugurated on 20 September 2021 in Issoudun, Southern France, making it the largest solar industrial heat plant in France and the second largest in Europe. The 14,252 m2 solar collector fields now supply 10 % of the total heat requirement...
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  • China’s future role in the IEA SHC Programme

    China’s future role in the IEA SHC Programme

    The Chinese solar thermal market shows a varied picture of demand. While subsectors such as solar space heating are booming, total market volume continues to decline. Solarthermalworld.org spoke with two professors at the China Academy of Building Research, He Tao (see above) and...
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  • Innovation Fund approves EUR 4.5 million for Croatian SHIP plant

    Innovation Fund approves EUR 4.5 million for Croatian SHIP plant

    In July, French NewHeat was revealed to be among the 32 organisations whose applications were approved by the new EU Innovation Fund for small-scale projects. The EUR 4.5 million the company will receive from the fund will cover more than half of the total investment in a 20 MWth...
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  • IEA SHC Solar Cooling Task: “We can make a difference”

    IEA SHC Solar Cooling Task: “We can make a difference”

    US project developer ergSol is a true pioneer. The company is not only putting up large commercial solar heat systems in California but also supports the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling programme by heading the Demonstration subtask of global research network...
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  • “German SDH market could be bigger, if there was enough space”

    “German SDH market could be bigger, if there was enough space”

    Under the leadership of Christoph Bühler, Ritter XL, a division of Germany’s Ritter Energie company, has risen to become the market leader for solar district heating (SDH) in Germany. His team successfully bid for seven of the last 10 SDH plants exceeding 1,000 m2 to be put out...
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  • Growing interest in concentrating solar heat in central Europe

    Growing interest in concentrating solar heat in central Europe

    Concentrating collectors that provide heat or steam for large energy consumers are still far and few between. In 2020, 35 projects with a total aperture area of 16,300 m2 (11 MWth) were put up around the globe, with the most capacity added in China and Turkey, However...
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