Showcase solar installation with ITC, Canary Islands
The Absolicon installation in the Canary Islands includes a 88 m2 solar thermal field of Absolicon T160 solar collectors located at The Canary Islands Institute of Technology’s (ITC) facilities in Pozo Izquierdo, Gran Canaria and a solar central unit to produce steam at 4 bar.
The solar installation
During 2022 Absolicon installed and commissioned solar thermal at The Canary Islands Institute of Technology, ITC. The installation is built as a model to showcase how the transition from fossil fuel to solar heating can work in Canary Island industries.
The solar installation was initiated when Absolicon won a pre-commercial public procurement (PCP) in the Canary Islands in November 2021. 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. ITC initiated the solar heating project based on a calculation that the industry in the Canary Islands can easily install 100,000 m2 of solar collectors and replace 10,000 tonnes of fuels.