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Climate Protection in the Industrial Sector through Solar Process Heat – SOLARPAYBACK

As of: September 2020

Objective and activities

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 policy makers, 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. Policy makers will be enabled to enhance the framework for its effective adoption.

State of implementation/results

  • The market analysis studies "Enabling Solar Process Heat" of the partner countries Mexico and Brazil have been completed and have already been published on the project website. In addition, the studies were presented, discussed and published in the context of the policy workshops.

Project data

Brazil, India, Mexico, South Africa

Implementing organisation:
Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft e.V. (BSW) - Germany

Partner institution(s):
  • Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) - South Africa
  • Ministry of Economy - Brazil
  • Ministry of Energy (SENER) - Mexico
  • Ministry of New and Renewable Energy - India

BMU grant:
2.844.921,00 €

10/2016  till  06/2021



Related publications

03/2017Solar Heat for Industry
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