IKI Solar Payback – Technical Support to the Development of Contents and Activities in Project Solar Payback

Duration: 11/2016 - 06/2021
Contracting Authority/ Sponsors: BSW Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft e.V., funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety BMU as part of the International Climate Initiative IKI
Project Partners: Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft (BSW-Solar) (Germany), Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungs-gesellschaft, DEG (Germany),  Solrico (Germany), AHK-MEXIKO / Deutsch-Mexikanische Industrie- und Handelskammer (Mexico),  Asociación Nacional de Energía Solar ANES (Mexico), AHK-Brasilien / Câmara de Comércio e Indústria Brasil-Alemanha (Brazil),  DASOL/ABRAVA, Associação Brasileira de Refrigeração, Ar Condicionado, Ventilação e Aquecimento (Brazil),  AHK-Südafrika: Südafrikanisch-deutsche Industrie- und Handelskammer, Western Cape Regional Office (South Africa) South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) (South Africa), Solar Thermal Federation of India (STFI) (India), AHK-Indien: Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) (India)
Website: www.solar-payback.com
Project Focus:
Solar Heat for Industrial Processes (SHIP) Scheme
© IKI Project “Solar Payback”
Solar Heat for Industrial Processes (SHIP) Scheme.
Market Segements of SHIP
© IKI Project “Solar Payback”
Market Segements of SHIP

The "Solar Payback" project aims to promote the use of solar process heat (Solar Heat in Industrial Processes - SHIP) in the four target countries South Africa, India, Mexico and Brazil.

As part of the German Environment Ministry's International Climate Initiative (IKI), the project intends to raise awareness of the technical and economic potential of SHIP technologies. To achieve this, the project aims to create transparency regarding the costs and benefits of SHIP applications on the one hand, and to promote the establishment of selected reference installations on the other. Solar Payback is also working with banks on models to help stakeholders and investors access financing.

The project is coordinated by the German Solar Industry Association (BSW) and implemented together with eleven other partner organizations. These are three German companies, the national solar industry associations, and the representatives of the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce in the respective target countries. Supporters in Germany include Fraunhofer ISE, the Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (DEG), the Renewable Academy (RENAC) and the communications and market research agency solrico.

The project started in October 2016 and will last until September 2021. The budget for the four target countries is EUR 2.96 million. The project partners used a whole range of activities and communication tools to address relevant stakeholders in policy, industry and finance, such as:

An installation in Austria
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An installation in Austria.
SHIP training course
© Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft 2019
SHIP training course was held with more than 20 participants in Pune, India
  • Preparation of national studies on solar process heat.
  • Developing policy recommendations for the integration of SHIP technologies at the national level
  • Conducting train-the-trainer workshops on the design and configuration of SHIP plants in each of the target countries
  • Training for bankers and investors on financing SHIP plants
  • Organizing local conferences for industry and stakeholders
  • Establishment of an online platform where investors and technology manufacturers can network
  • Developing an online tool for planners and investors to conduct preliminary analyses of SHIP plants (https://www.solar-payback.com/calculator/)
  • Identify reference projects to set up demonstration plants (in South Africa, Mexico and Brazil).
  • Investigation of existing SHIP plants and identification of optimization potential of a plant in India

The project page https://www.solar-payback.com/ shows the current status of the project and provides a lot of further detailed information and news about solar process heat and its application in industrial processes (SHIP). In particular, many "facts and figures" are provided in an appealing graphical form to support the further application of solar process heat in international markets.