Poster of SOLID awarded 2nd Place at the International Renewable Energy Storage Conference (IRES 2017) in Düsseldorf, Germany


Task 55 MeetingSOLID is the leading participant of SHC Task 55, the international platform focused on the integration of solar thermal systems into district heating and cooling networks. The 2nd Expert meeting took place in Denmark, and exceeded expectations by far: More than 30 specialists from 8 countries contributed to discussions and exchanged latest project results of the solar district heating and cooling industry. Main fields of interest were network analyses and integration of SHC systems, components testing, system monitoring, and quality assurance, the design of the solar thermal system, and economic aspects.

The meeting also included a technical tour to the Danish solar district heating installations of Taars and Brønderslev. In Taars, flat panel collectors are combined with concentrated solar power parabolic troughs. Both systems deliver exactly what they do best: the flat collectors preheat the water which is thereafter boosted by the CSP technology to achieve the final temperature of 90-95 °C. The system has 4,039m2 CSP solar collectors and 5,972m2 of flat panel collectors. The installation in Brønderslev integrates a concentrated solar power system with a biomass-ORC plant. The CSP plant consists of 40 rows of 125m parabolic trough loops with an aperture area of 26,929m2.

Beside SOLID, institutions and industry partners participating in the Task 55 Meeting were Austrian Institute of Technology, Absolicon Solar Collector AB, TU Dresden, PlanEnergi, MOE A/S, AEE INTEC, Bioenergy 2020+ GmbH, the German Aerospace Center DLR, TVP Solar, Fraunhofer ISE, Jiangsu Sunrain Solar Energy Co., Ltd, Technical University of Denmark, New Heat, the Danish Energy Agency, TECNALIA, Aalborg CSP, University of Zaragoza, Chemnitz University of Technology, or Arcon-Sunmark. Due to the unexpected high interest in the 2nd SHC Task 55 Meeting and location limitations, SOLID exceptionally had to limit the number of participants.