15 May 2019
Industrial solar thermal system under MCG’s R&D SHIP Project enters its final stage
Following the presentation at the Intersolar Europe 2018 fair and several stages of development, the SHIP Project – Solar Heat for Industrial Processes has finally reached the final stage with the installation and start-up in the infrastructure of Kemet Electronics Portugal, company of Évora that also forms part of the consortium led by MCG.
This MCG R&D project is based on the development and implementation of a pilot-turn-key industrial thermal solar system for small and medium-sized enterprises looking to invest in a clean and renewable heat process. This solar thermal system is an industrial application that uses the Concentrating Solar Energy with storage of energy in the form of heat.
The SHIP Project intends to highlight the technical and economic advantages of the concept of solar heat for industrial processes. Its implementation should result in greater energy efficiency in the units in which it will be installed, resulting in lower energy bills and thus lead to a better acceptance of solar thermal technologies with storage.
Based on a modular approach and designed to simplify the decision making of these entities in relation to the adoption of a clean and renewable heat process, this system is the result of the work done so far by the SHIP consortium:
- MCG mind for metal: project leader, generally responsible for the production of this solar CPC system.
- KEMET Electronics Portugal: the company that is receiving the installation and operation of the system.
- OnControl Technologies: the company responsible for the layout of control and automation that allows integration into the target systems.
- INEGI – Institute of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Management: responsible for the project design and creation, as well for the design of the energy storage system.
- University of Évora: entity responsible for the CPC’s design and for the design and testing of the developed system.
The SHIP – Solar Heat for Industrial Processes Project has the next June 30th as the date for its official closure.