Solar-hybrid microturbine systems for cogeneration in agro-industrial electricity and heat production (SMILE) - 10_I_104 - 354 - Internationale Climate Initiative (IKI)

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

As of: January 2020

Objective and activities

The project is supporting the Brazilian partners in building two small solar thermal tower power plants, designed to cogenerate heat and power to supply consumers in the agro-industry, such as a milk processing business. Since the system has a storage facility and can also run on biofuel when necessary, consumers are assured of a continuous supply and high levels of efficiency can be achieved. Cutting-edge microturbine technology will be used for the first time. The Brazilian partners are acquiring expertise in building solar-hybrid microturbine systems, which means that the project is also helping the technology to become more widespread.

State of implementation/results

  • 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)

Partner institution(s):
  • Ministry of Environment - Brazil
  • Ministry of Finance - Brazil
  • 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

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