Dürr and Industrial Solar working together

Around two thirds of the total energy requirement of industry is process heat, such as here for painting. Photo: Dürr Systems GmbH
Around two thirds of the total energy requirement of industry is process heat, such as here for painting. Photo: Dürr Systems GmbH

A new joint-venture has started in the area of solar process heat between a solar firm and an industrial company. This time, Industrial Solar GmbH and Dürr Systems GmbH, a specialist for automobile production technology are getting together. The companies want to combine the Eco+Paintshop, a painting plant from Dürr with the linear Fresnel collectors from Industrial Solar. In contrast to the joint-venture between Ritter XL Solar and Eisenmann AG, who recently announced their first project, this joint-venture is concerned with process heat in the high-temperature area. The plant will primarily be used in regions with direct solar irradiation of over 1500 kWh/m² annually. The collectors can supply process heat of up to 400 °C. The main operation for which the partners want to combine the two systems is drying, for which temperatures of up to 220 °C are necessary. In sunny paintshop locations such as Morocco, around 30 to 50% of the energy needed for drying can be supplied by solar heat.

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