solar heat for industrial processes
The industrial sector accounts for roughly 1/3 of global energy use. Industrial processes range from those requiring hot water at 70°C to those melting metals at 1,800°C. SolarSteam’s technology can meet a broad range of industrial process temperature requirements. Select industrial segments are prime targets for technology demonstration and adaptation.
Solar Heat for Industrial Processes (SHIP) can fulfill a substantial amount of heat demand in industrial and agricultural food processes within any given country and irrespective of the geographical location. In developed economies, solar thermal can technically provide about half of this energy consumption by supplying hot water and steam temperatures up to 400°C. In developing countries, especially in agriculture, the textile, brick and food processing industries are important sub-sectors. Solar thermal energy can provide hot air and hot water needed for curing, drying, dyeing, washing, boiling, pasteurization and sterilization.
Brewery standard processes (mashing, pasteurization, boiling, bottle washing) temperature requirements are well-matched to solar technologies.
The food industry is a large consumer of thermal energy in the form of hot water/air (cooking, evaporating, drying) at medium to low temperatures.
pulp and paper
The pulp and paper industry is one of the largest industrial thermal energy (hot air and steam) consumer in the world and expects to keep growing.
Petrochemicals production requires massive amounts of process heat in the form of hot water and steam ranging from 80°C to 300°C and above.
District heating is a system that distributes heat through multiple lines to heat space and water within residential and commercial areas.
Timber/wood drying or moisture removal is the art of ensuring that gross dimensional changes through shrinkage are confined to the drying process.