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INSHIP - Integrating National Research Agendas on Solar Heat for Industrial Processes

INSHIP is a four-year project financed by the European Commission Horizon 2020 Programme aiming at the definition of a European Common Research and Innovation Agenda on Solar Heat for Industrial Processes (SHIP).

Despite process heat is recognized as the application with highest potential among solar heating and cooling applications, Solar Heat for Industrial Processes (SHIP) still presents a modest share of about 0.3% of total installed solar thermal capacity.

Key words for today’s technology development stage and for the current research demand are:

  • Expanding economic competitiveness to middle and high-temperature applications
  • Technology implementation requiring interference with existing heat production systems
  • Heat distribution networks or even heat consuming processes

In this context, INSHIP aims at the definition of an ECRIA (European Common Research and Innovation Agenda) engaging major European research institutes with recognized activities on SHIP, into an integrated structure that could successfully achieve the coordination objectives of:

  • more effective and intense cooperation between EU research institutions;
  • alignment of different SHIP related national research and funding programs, avoiding overlaps and duplications and identifying gaps;
  • acceleration of knowledge transfer to the European industry, to be the reference organization to promote and coordinate the international cooperation in SHIP research from and to Europe;
  • development of activities with the ambition of progressing SHIP beyond the state-of-the-art. 

Forcing an easier integration of low and medium temperature technologies regarding operation, durability and reliability requirements of the industry is one of the mentioned activities. The agenda also focuses on the development of process embedded solar concentrating technologies for high-temperature applications to expand the range of SHIP applications to the EI (extractive industries) sector. Another measure for supporting SHIP is to increase synergies within industrial parks through centralized heat distribution networks connected to district heating and the electricity grid.

Project manager

DI Christoph Brunner


European Commission Horizon 2020

Project partner

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung E.V. (lead) www.fraunhofer.de

and 26 partners from different European countries