Despite it is accepted that solar thermal can provide a large amount of the industrial heat demand, the actual deployment levels remain very low or, even, insignificant. The main challenges that are tapping its potential are related to (1) Solar Heat for Industrial Processes (SHIP) economic competitiveness, (2) the relatively low prices of fossil fuels charged to the industry due, in some cases to governmental subsidies, and (3) the complexity of the integration in existing industrial processes. SHIP2FAIR provides a path to overcome these challenges, thus, exploiting the untapped potential of SHIP technologies.
SHIP2FAIR will deliver five interlinked results, which are mutually reinforced:
Replication Tool ready to support the design of SHIP projects
A Control Tool to facilitate the SHIP operation
Four operative open demo-sites and the feasibility analysis of 10 additional real sites,
A capacity building program to train professionals and students
An Overall Guide for the design, installation and operation of SHIP projects.
The main goal of SHIP2FAIR is to foster the integration of solar heat in industrial processes from the agro–food sector, by developing and demonstrating at four real industrial sites, a set of tools and methods for the development of industrial solar heat projects during their whole life-cycle, supported by a capacity building and awareness program addressing profe
CIRCE will be leading the Solar Heat integration and thermal optimization task, which comprises the development of a methodology to support both the design (Replication Tool) and operation (Control Tool) phases of a SHIP solution. This will help to determine the most suitable options to integrate the solar heat in a particular process, and how to minimize the exergy losses in this integration.
In addition, CIRCE will take part in several other activities related to the monitoring implementation of the project results in the demo-sites, the replication of these results and the most convenient ways for its market deployment.