Solar Heat for Industry in South Africa - Enabling Report available online

We are pleased to inform you that the SOLAR PAYBACK project team has released an Enabling Study on Solar Heat for Industrial Processes (SHIP) in South Africa.

Amongst others the study concluded that food and beverage is the most important industry for solar process heat in South Africa. Not only does it have by far the most demand for steam among all industries, but it also showed a rise in production output over the last 15 years. It comprises mainly small and middle-sized companies and, more often than not, they use expensive sources of energy, such as oil, paraffin, natural gas and LPG.

In most cases, solar heat could be an economically viable alternative. However, profitability becomes much more difficult to achieve if solar energy is used to substitute coal boilers at comparatively large producers. These are some of the findings of a study called SHIP South Africa 2019, published in March.

Please follow the links on the right for more information. 
About Solar Payback

The objective of the three-year Solar Payback project is to promote the use of Solar Heat for Industrial Processes (SHIP) in four countries: South Africa, India, Mexico and Brazil. As part of the International Climate Protection Initiative (IKI), the project raises awareness of the technical and economic potential of SHIP technologies through clear and transparent information about the costs and benefits of SHIP applications, and helps to create reference systems. Solar Payback also collaborates with financial institutions to develop models that assist different actors and investors in accessing financing.

Please do not hesitate to contact the SOLAR PAYBACK team if you have any queries concerning the study and SHIP.

For more information contact Jens Hauser JHauser(at)