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H2020-Fast Track to Innovation (FTI): Solar process heating as a service, end user sought for demonstration plant for solar process heating




A German SME looks for an industrial end-user requiring process heat. The heat will be provided by a demonstration plant for solar process heating with concentrating solar thermal collectors installed at the partner’s site. The partner can be from the food & beverage, chemical, textile or metal sector. The project aims at collecting reliable performance data necessary to further develop the market for solar process heating. Partnership will be a research agreement in the frame of an FTI project.


A German SME and solution provider specialized on turn-key solutions for solar process heating and is planning to submit a proposal under the Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) call.
Industrial process heat is responsible for around 10% of the total energy demand. A major share of that demand can be covered by solar process heating with concentrating solar thermal collectors. While the technology has already been successfully applied in relevant environments (TRL 6) the market develops slowly. This is mainly because industry requires heat-as-a-service contracts where a third party covers the investment costs. Energy Service Companies can take this role with the business innovation “Solar Process Heating as a Service”. Yet, as by today no bankable data (long term, third party monitored performance data of collectors under third party operations) are available the Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) or other investors ask for high risk premiums which hamper market uptake (Business Readiness Level BRL 4). Within this Fast-Track-to-Innovation project a demonstration plant for solar process heating with concentrating solar thermal collectors will be installed at an industrial end-user and operated by a third party. A renown research institute will undertake long term (12 months) performance data measurements, evaluate the data and make it available to investors.

Project consortium consists of 4 parties.
A) Technology supplier (Project leader) private sector
B) ESCO (interest confirmed) private sector
C) R&D institute (interest confirmed) public sector
D) Industrial end-user (required)

Thus, the German SME is looking for an industrial end-user meeting the following requirements:
1) Sector: Food & Beverage, Chemical, Textile, Metal
2) Requirement: Process heat demand (steam, hot water, thermal oil) of more than 5,000 MWh/a
3) Operation: At least 280 days per year
4) Space: Available roof (concrete) or ground space of at least 3500 m˛
5.) Commitment: Willingness to engage in a long-term heat-purchase-agreement (8 to 12 years) whereas solar heat will be below fossil heat (cash-flow positive from the very beginning)
6.) Contribution: Allow third party measurements on site (no process data will be published, only data on performance of solar thermal collector system)
7.) Financial standing: Reasonable financial status in order that ESCO can engage in long term contract.
8.) Country: EU or eligible for participation in EU projects

Deadline for expression of interest: 1 September 2020
Call deadline 27 October 2020
Call budget: 33 million €
Project budget: 2,7 million €
Project duration: 36 months

Partner expertise sought:

- Specific area of activity of the partner: Type of partner sought: Medium to large industrial company
Specific area of activity of the partner: Food & Beverage, Chemical, Textile, Metal
Tasks to be performed by the partner: Consuming process heat and ensuring real commercial systems for performance testing. Allowing third party research institute to undertake long-term measurements of collector field performance.

Programme - Call:

Evaluation scheme: Call with multiple cut-off dates Innovation action

Acronym: Solar Process Heating as a Service by an Energy Service Company


Deadline: 27/10/2020

Coordinator required: No

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