Chapter 10: Process Heating for Industry

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The overall objective of this chapter is to help the reader better understand the technical feasibility, barriers and opportunities for renewable thermal energy systems (RTES). Solar thermal (ST) derived heat, which can be concentrating or non-concentrating, can be considered a sub-set of RTES solutions that can provide heat for industry. This chapter will focus on Industrial Process Heat (IPH) and District Heating Systems and will also highlight the difference between stand-alone and hybrid solutions. Different thermal energy sources (traditional and new) and technologies, that can provide the end-user heat delivered through many mediums, systems and for different purposes. Among various RTES, ST technologies will be the focus of this chapter.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationHandbook of Solar Thermal Technologies: Concentrating Solar Power and Fuels
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1: Concentrating Solar Power - Principles and Applications
EditorsJ. H. Davidson, C. K. Ho
StatePublished - 2022

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CH-7A40-80679


  • district heating
  • industrial process heat
  • renewable heat
  • solar thermal


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