Feasibility of Solar Thermal Collectors to Supply Industrial Process Heat

This was a similar study to the water heating study however this was focuses on the feasibility of providing process heat for the food and beverage industry. The focus of this study was to establish the potential for solar thermal energy in the Western Cape food and beverage industry. This was a two part study – the first was establishing the potential size of the energy consumption in this sector, on a provincial level, and estimating with reasonable assumptions what quantity could be supplied by solar energy. The second was to model solar water heating systems, using actual processes used in three local manufacturing plants, to establish the cost at which the various solar water heating technologies could be implemented at and how much energy these systems could supply.