Potential for Solar Heat in Industrial Processes (Claudia Vannoni/Riccardo Battisti/Serena Drigo 2008)

The goal of this report, developed in the framework of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme Task33 and IEA SolarPACES Programme Task IV - Solar Heat for Industrial Processes (SHIP), is to highlightthe potential use of solar thermal (ST) plants to provide heat for industrial applications. In order to fulfil thisaim, several national potential studies were surveyed and compared with a focus on the key results and themethodologies applied.

Content Description

The primary audience for this report are two target groups: the solar industry and policy makers. In reading this report, the solar industry will learn of a relevant and so far unexploited market sector, industrial applications. Moreover, policy makers will realise that an adequate promotion of solar thermal should be done not only for the most "traditional" residential applications, but also for innovative applications, among which solar process heat stands out. This report can serve as a tool for developing national and local campaigns and policies on solar thermal energy for industrial uses.

This booklet reports on the main outcomes of the potential studies performed in different countries all over the world and extrapolates these results to obtain an indicative figure of the potential application at the European level.

The country studies carried out in Austria, the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal), Italy and the Netherlands are included in this report as well as two regional studies (Wallonia for Belgium and Victoria for Australia) and two specific industrial sectors studies from Greece and Germany.


Bibliographic Data

  • Claudia Vannoni
  • Riccardo Battisti
  • Serena Drigo

Department of Mechanics and Aeronautics - University of Rome "La Sapienza"

This booklet was prepared as an account of work done within Task 33 "Solar Heat for Industrial Processes" of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme and Task IV of the IEA SolarPACES Programme.

Published by CIEMAT, Madrid 2008
© 2008 Solar Heating and Cooling Executive Committee of the International Energy Agency (IEA)