Task 64
Task 64
SHC Task 64

Solar Process Heat

Solar Process Heat


The industrial sector accounts for approximately 30% of the total energy consumption in the OECD countries. The major share of the energy that is needed in industrial companies, services and agriculture is used for heating and cooling of buildings and for production processes at temperatures from ambient up to approx. 400-500°C. This is a temperature range that can be addressed with solar thermal technologies at a high TRL. 

To be able to make use of solar heat in industry and to support this market sector for the solar thermal industry, it is necessary to integrate solar thermal systems into the energy supply schemes in a suitable way.


The scope of the Task is on solar thermal technologies for converting solar radiation into heat and further the intelligent integration of the produced heat into industrial processes (i.e., the subject that is covered by the Task starts with the solar radiation reaching the collector and ends with the hot air, oil, water or steam being integrated into the application).

Applications, systems and technologies, that are included in the scope of this task, are:

  • All processes in industry, commerce and agriculture that are thermally driven and operated in a temperature range from ambient temperature up to approx. 400-500 °C.
  • Solar thermal systems using air, water, low pressure steam or oil as a heat carrier, i.e. not limited to a certain heat transfer medium in the solar loop.
  • All types of solar thermal collectors are addressed: uncovered collectors, flat-plate collectors, improved flat-plate collectors - for example hermetically sealed collectors with inert gas fillings, evacuated tube collectors with and without reflectors, CPC collectors, MaReCos (Maximum Reflector Collectors), linear Fresnel collectors, parabolic trough collectors.
Task Information

January 2020December 2023

Dr. Andreas Häberle


This is collaborative work with SolarPACES.

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