Task 49 Highlights 2014
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Solar Heat for Industrial Processes (SHIP) is currently at the early stages of development, but is considered to have huge potential for solar thermal applications. Currently, 120 operating solar thermal systems for process heat are reported worldwide, with a total capacity of about 88 MWth (125,000 m2). The first applications have been experimental and relatively small scale. In recent years, significantly bigger solar thermal fields have been applied and are currently in the project pipeline. There is great potential for this market and technological
developments, as 28% of the overall energy demand in the EU27 countries originates in the industrial sector, and the majority of this is heat of below 250°C.
In several specific industry sectors, such as food, wine and beverages, transport equipment, machinery, textiles, pulp and paper, the share of heat demand at low and medium temperatures (below 250°C) is around 60%. Tapping into this potential would provide a significant solar contribution to industrial energy requirements.