Project Lead: Johannes Michel Duration: 01 Oct 2016 to 30 Jun 2021
Solar thermal systems provide process heat for industrial processes, possessing the potential to reduce the carbon footprint of textile, food, beverage, and chemical industries. The project aims at increasing the use of these systems in Brazil, India, Mexico and South Africa; countries in which the technology is economically viable but information failures, lack of experience and other barriers impede its commercialization. The project partners with local chambers and associations, following a multiplier approach to support policymakers, project developers as well as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in their understanding of the techno-commercial potential of this technology and its subsequent adoption. The development of business and financing models via energy service companies (ESCOs) and financial institutions as well as reference systems will further improve the technology‘s viability. Policymakers will be enabled to enhance the framework for its effective adoption.