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Solar-hybrid microturbine systems for cogeneration in agro-industrial electricity and heat production (SMILE)

As of: September 2021

At the start of the project, Brazil intended to reduce its climate impact by employing more renewable energies. The project supported local partners to build two small concentrated solar power plants. Such plants use movable mirror systems to concentrate solar energy on one point on a tower and produce energy highly efficiently. The plants were to cogenerate electricity and heat based on micro-turbines and supply the agro-industry. The project provided local partners with the knowledge to build small solar thermal power plants and supported them in the construction of the plants. By the end of the project, the construction of the plants had not yet been completed and was to be continued by the local partners.

State of implementation/results

  • Project completed.
  • The plant design has been completed and potential suppliers for the specific components have been identified.
  • Suitable sites have been identified.
  • The required environmental permits have been obtained.
  • Terms and conditions for the portion of the financing to be provided by the Brazilian partners have been agreed and funding commitments given by the Brazilian development bank.
  • Intensified collaboration between German and Brazilian partners: DLR project manager supports the construction of the power plants working in Brazil since 07/2017.
  • DLR and USP present first results of the SMILE project at the international symposium SolarPaces in Santiago de Chile.

Project data


Implementing organisation:
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR)

Political partner(s):
  • Ministry of Economy - Brazil
  • Ministry of Environment - Brazil

Implementing partner(s):
  • Foundation for Supporting the University of Sao Paulo - Brazil
  • Ministry of Development, Industry, and Trade - Brazil
  • Ministry of Environment - Brazil
  • Solinova

BMU grant:
1.954.331,37 €

03/2010  till  12/2019


Supporting innovative technologies within the International Climate Initiative (IKI): Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) (PDF, 482 KB)

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