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Solar Energy for Food Industry


Solar Energy for Food Industry
Proposal for the elaboration of a feasibility study, including a CPVT market study, for the application of concentrated PV-T solar energy and Large Thermal Storage (LTS) as support to the development of sustainable Food Security, through the construction of 2 CPVT demonstration plants in food-processing facilities in southern and northern Europe. Demonstration plants are planned to be built in northern Europe, in the Netherlands, and in southern Europe in Spain. Phase one will submit technical and financial solutions which shall pave the way for phase 2 submission of a final construction project for both demonstration plants.
The innovative concept proposed is a Solar Concentration Hybrid Photovoltaio Thermal Cogeneration system using state of the art triple solar cells and a solar tracking device to capture the maximum possible solar energy with a parabolic trough linear concentration.
The novelty presented in the project focusses on the food processing industry which is the largest manufacturing sector in the EU with 1,048 bilion € turnover and 4.2 milion employees busy throughout the European Union. Food processing is a major energy consuming manufacturing sector, which accounts for about 20% of the total EU fossil fuel consuption and the project has the ambition to contribute to the reduction of this resource consumption. The project will work with 4 participants spread over 3 EU countries.
All technologies were patended last year. The project will move the novelty from TRL8 to TRL9.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electrical engineering/electric energy
  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages/food safety
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/solar energy

Call for proposal

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Funding Scheme

SME-1 - SME instrument phase 1


Reininghausstrasse 13
8020 Graz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 50 000