Austria's large plant subsidisation goes into the fourth round

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In Austria, the fourth tender for large-scale solar installations has begun. Between the end of April and the end of September, applications for the subsidisation of demonstration plants of large solar thermal plants can be submitted to the Austrian Climate Fund. The systems that are eligible within the framework of this project are large solar thermal systems with a surface area between 100 and 2000 square meters.

The goal of the Austrian programme is to create an initial impetus for a broad market for large solar thermal systems. However, the surface area of the collectors is not the only criterion; the level of innovation of each project is also taken into consideration. The projects must be technically and economically reproducible, meaning that they must have to potential to be used on other buildings and in similar processes.

Projects that stand out and are relevant to science are also scientifically supervised for a year and receive increased funding. The program focuses on the following five topics: Solar process heat in production factories, solar thermal grids, high levels of coverage, solar air conditioning and innovative technologies and approaches. Each of these categories has its own catalogue of measures and innovation criteria that are eligible for subsidisation, which potential applicants can use as a guide.

The Climate Fund covers 40 to 50% of the additional costs, compared to a fossil fuel reference system. The highest amount is granted to small and medium-sized companies with particularly interesting scientific projects, because an additional 5% of the additional cost is paid for each of the two criteria.

Jan Gesthuizen

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