The demand for renewable and emission-free energy, increases when the actions and regulations to curb climate change increase. Also the growing need for energy independence is increasing the interest towards renewable, locally generated energy.
Heating accounts for about half of global energy market, and the means of energy production play a crucial role in many countries when it comes to CO2 emissions, as well as the pollution of air, water, and soil. Both in Europe and widely in other parts of the world, strict targets have been set for reducing emissions, and for carbon neutrality. The EU’s target is to be carbon neutral by 2050, and it is also supported financially as a part of the EU Green Deal programme.
The European Commission’s proposal for a directive on renewable energy sources of July 2021 (Fit for 55) aims at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% from the 1990 level by 2030. The European Union has also allocated 30 per cent of its EUR 1,800 billion support instrument for recovery from the corona pandemic for 2021–2023 to climate actions, i.e., for strengthening the EU Green Deal programme. Emission reduction and carbon neutrality targets have been widely set in other parts of the world as well.
Solar heat is a fully emission-free source of energy utilised in district heating, industrial processes and, to a lesser extent, the heating of domestic water, globally. Savosolar´s core of competence is based on large solar heating systems where quality and effiency matters most.
In many countries, the utilisation of clean renewable energy is driven by taxation and the sanctions imposed on emissions, but solar heat is often competitive without any subsidies.
The use of large-scale solar thermal systems is increasing globally both in district heating and cooling and in industrial process heat generation.
Achieving emission reductions will require a rapid transition to clean energy and related innovations, more efficient energy use, and electrification of many fossil energy-based activities. The flexibility of energy systems, the optimisation of the use of different energy sources and the possibilities for energy storage will grow. Solar heat is well-suited for various kinds of heat co-generation systems, and it can be cost-effectively stored. In addition, the large-scale use of solar heat accelerates the transition to clean energy production, as electrification is not possible everywhere. By using solar heat, electricity of limited availability can be utilised where it is most needed.
Large scale solar heat systems are estimated to grow globally both in district and cooling and industrial process heat production. Good examples of large industrial heat systems are those delivered by Savosolar in France: One of them is producing heat to Lecta Group´s paper mill, reducing the carbon emissions by approximately 1 078 tonnes annually. The other example is the Boortmalt’s mill where 8.5 GWh solar heat is produced to the malt drying process, the annual reduction of CO2 emissions being 1 870 tonnes.
In Europe the market for large scale solar heat systems is developing positively in many countries. For district heating the most potential markets are Germany and Poland. In industrial processes the most promising sectors are food and beverage production and greenhouses, and mining industry mainly outside Europe, for example in Latin America.
Savosolar´s market position
The market for large solar thermal systems with a temperature of less than one hundred degrees has a limited number of skilled turnkey suppliers that operate globally. Savosolar is the technology and quality leader in this segment.