Showcase solar installation with ITC, Canary Islands
Absolicon’s solar thermal technology has been selected in public procurement of disruptive technology in the industrial sector in the Canary Islands. Absolicon will install an 88m2 aperture area solar collectors field and a solar central unit at the Canary Islands Institute of Technology in Gran Canaria. The solar installation will be for research purposes and all solar heat will be dissipated.
The solar installation
Absolicon’s technology has been selected in a pre-commercial public procurement (PCP) in the Canary Islands. The Canary Islands Institute of Technology (ITC) sought disruptive technologies in the industrial sector to reduce the dependency and climate impact of fossil fuels. That is one of the objectives of the European project ACLIEMAC coordinated by ITC. Absolicon’s solar thermal installation will serve as a reference for industries in the Canary Islands to introduce solar heat in their processes.
The solar installation in the Canary Islands includes a 88 m2 aperture area solar thermal field of Absolicon T160 solar collectors located at ITC’s facilities in Pozo Izquierdo, Gran Canaria, and the solar central unit to produce steam at 4 bar. The installation of the solar field is planned for 2022.
The background of the PCP is a study performed by the ITC in the context of the European project ENERMAC. In the study, the final energy consumption of the Canary Islands and Cape Verde industrial sectors per range of temperature has been analyzed, together with the potential of implementing solar heat for industrial processes.
The study´s report sets out great potentials for the integration of solar thermal technologies that would reduce the consumption of conventional fossil fuels and highlights the most applicable industrial activities and processes for the integration of solar heat.
The PCP was called for solutions that, in addition to being a disruptive technology, can complete the entire process on competitive operational costs.