The newsletters focus on solar thermal applications considering the usage of heat produced by solar harvesting using solar collectors.

Issue 22 - July 2023

MG Sustainable Engineering was at INTERSOLAR, the World’s Biggest Solar Energy Exhibition! INTERSOLAR brings together industry leaders, innovators, and enthusiasts from around the globe to showcase the latest advancements and breakthrough technologies in the solar energy sector. This year’s event was truly a game-changer, and we were honored to participate. During our visit, we explored cutting-edge solar panels, storage systems, inverters, and other renewable energy solutions. The sheer scale of innovation and creativity on display was mind-boggling! We witnessed remarkable strides in efficiency, sustainability, and cost-effectiveness, which further reinforce our commitment to promoting renewable energy adoption. Networking at INTERSOLAR was an invaluable experience as well. We had the chance to connect with industry experts, engage in meaningful discussions, and foster new partnerships.

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Issue 23 - August 2023

Standardized, modular interfaces for the integration of solar heat into factories can reduce solar heat system costs significantly. The photo shows such a prefabricated so-called balance of plant (BoP) before being shipped to Turnhout in Belgium to connect a 2.5 MWth parabolic trough collector field with a chemical factory.

The two German companies Solarlite (for the collector field) and Aura (for the balance of plant) designed and constructed the demonstration plant within the German research project Modulus. The results will also be published by the working group “modularization” of the IEA SHC Task 64 Solar Process Heat. One of the first reports from Task 64 looked at commonly used integration schemes in commercial SHIP applications. Many functions are brought together in the standardized BoP for the system in Turnhout.

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Issue 19 - April 2023

In a webinar in mid-February, AMORCE, the French district heating association, described the successes of the French district heating sector and its growth strategy. It is a small sector covering only 5 % of the total heat demand – but is already decarbonised to a great extent. With more than 60 % renewable energy and waste heat, French DH has reduced its CO2 content by half over the past decade. 

“Solar heat covers 100 % of the heat demand over the summer months when the biomass boiler would reach its technically minimal power”, said Nicolas Graveline, Head of International Development at Newheat, describing the performance of the 1,800 m2 district heating plant in the French town of Pons. The solar district heating plant guarantees low and stable prices for the users in Pons. The gas price risk has been reduced from 24 % to 8 %.

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Issue 20 - May 2023

On 14 April 2023 at Mirandola (Italy) MG Sustainable Engineering AB commissioned the first out of three PVT projects that MG Sustainable will be installing for the RES4LIVE Project funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 program.

This project aims to bring into the market integrated cost-effective and case-sensitive Renewable Energy Sources (RES) solutions towards achieving fossil-free livestock farming.
The system consists of 24 Samster AB PVT collectors which are run by a Standardized Solar Station designed and developed by MG Sustainable Engineering.
The 7.68 kWe and 24 kWth PVT field are coupled with a Borehole Thermal Energy Storage and a 45 kW Heat Pump.

The next installations will be in Belgium and Germany.

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Issue 21 - June 2023

Exciting News! MG Sustainable Engineering is thrilled to announce participation in a groundbreaking EU research project TechUPGRADE funded by the EU Commission.  
At MG Sustainable Engineering, we are committed to pushing the boundaries of innovation and making a positive impact on a global scale. Joining hands with renowned partners and experts from across Europe, we are embarking on a pioneering research endeavor that aims to tackle the decarbonization challenges of the EU industry by revolutionizing thermochemical technologies for upgrading of renewable and waste heat streams.

We had the privilege to attend the kickoff meeting for this esteemed project, held at Technical University of Denmark on 23-24 May 2023.

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Issue 16 - January 2023

A well-attended second meeting of the research group IEA SHC Task 68 Efficient Solar District Heating took place at the beginning of November. A total of 51 participants from 15 countries – a mix of scientists and industry representatives – registered for the two-day virtual meeting.

“We have a dynamic contingent of experts from various backgrounds in the task, so we can shed light on the important issues from many different angles”, commented Viktor Unterberger, Chair of Task 68 and Senior Researcher at the Austrian BEST – Bioenergy and Sustainable Technologies centre of excellence. One of the first reports expected for next year will deliver a comparison of different collector types, especially considering technologies that provide 80 to 120 °C. This is a highly relevant topic for the German solar district heating market, where around 77 % of the heat networks operate at supply temperatures in this range.

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Issue 17 - February 2023

The Solar Heat Innovation Week is a 5-day program organized by Absolicon Solar Collectors and MG Sustainable Engineering, with a mission of developing bright ideas into concepts in addressing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. In this edition, students from DTU – Technical University of Denmark, Warsaw University of Technology (Poland), University of Bologna (Italy), University of Skövde, Dalarna University, Uppsala University, Halmstad University, Lund University and Mälardalens University (Sweden) participated in this event to learn and exchange ideas about solar thermal.

During the event, held from 13th to 17th of January in Härnösand, participants had the opportunity to engage with solar industry experts in lessons as well as group discussions on solar heat challenges, visit the district heating facility in Härnösand, as well as Absolicon’s factory  all with the aim of enhancing knowledge of solar heat. 

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Issue 18 - March 2023

Transparency about costs makes claims more credible and helps energy modellers. For these reasons the IEA SHC Task 68 on Efficient Solar District Heating (SDH) has started a discussion about cost reduction potential of SDH systems. “We aim at performing the cost analysis based on interviews with representatives of industry and funding agencies as well as on input from research experts,” explained Luuk Beurskens of TNO, the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research, who heads the research group on costs within Task 68. The aim is to define the cost reduction potential of SDH up to 2030.

The first input about cost saving opportunities came from the Chinese Sunrain Group, the largest collector manufacturer worldwide. Jiao Qingtai, Vice President of the Sunrain Group, listed the following four measures to cut costs in large-scale solar heat applications.                                                            

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Issue 13 - October 2022

Absolicon Solar Collectors and MG Sustainable Engineering, Sweden organized the Solar Heat Innovation Week 2.0 in Härnösand from September 9th – 13th, following popular demand from the first event in February 2022. 

Students from Technical University of DenmarkEPF Ecole d’Ingénieur-e-sHanze University of Applied Sciences GroningenKTH Royal Institute of TechnologyUniversity of SkövdeUppsala UniversityLund University, and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology had the opportunity to participate in this event to learn and exchange ideas about solar thermal. The event comprised visits to Härnösand District Heating, Absolicon factory and the 1,000 sqm solar thermal park at Högslätten.

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Issue 14 - November 2022

Green technologies also have a carbon footprint. Energy is used for raw materials, production, transport and operation. Life cycle assessment (LCA) for renewable energy technologies is, however, a relatively new field of research. But it is growing rapidly in importance, as it provides valuable insights into the carbon footprint of the complete lifetime of a renewable energy plant. That is why the executive committee of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme approved the preparation phase of a research platform on LCA for solar thermal technology at its meeting in June 2022. New assessments from France show that large collector fields have a factor four lower LCA values than photovoltaic panels and at least a factor 20 lower than heat from gas-fired boilers. 

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Issue 15 - December 2022

At the beginning of November construction started of a 37 MWth solar district heating plant in Groningen, Netherlands. The 48,000 m2 collector field will be connected to the district heating grid of Groningen, which is operated by the utility company Warmtestad. Three companies joined forces to develop this ambitious project: Solarfields, Netherlands, as the project developer, K3, Netherlands, as the investor, and TVP Solar, Switzerland, as the turnkey provider of the solar field. Together they founded a special purpose vehicle (SPV) – an entity which owns and operates the plant. This is a business model established in renewable electricity projects to reduce the risks for financial institutions. The Groningen plant has a number of outstanding features.

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Issue 10 - July 2022

GlassPoint has recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Saudi Arabian mining company Ma’aden to develop a giant 1.5 GWth solar project in Ras al Khair, Saudi Arabia as part of a vertically integrated aluminum production complex.

When complete, the 1.5 GWth solar steam facility will be one of the biggest solar projects of any kind in the world. GlassPoint will deliver the lowest cost steam for producing oil, with mirrors inside a greenhouse to track the sun, and automated washing units to clean the roofs at night.

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Issue 11 - August 2022

Did you know that 50% of all energy consumed is in the form of heat, and only 20% is in the form of electricity?
It’s time to focus on generating clean and renewable heating if we really want to address climate change! Solar Heat Innovation Week 2.0, is a 5-day hackathon event held from September 9 – 13, 2022, at Härnösand, Sweden. This event is jointly organized by MG Sustainable Engineering, and Absolicon Solar Collector, a reference leader in solar thermal technology. Participants will get an opportunity to meet industry experts, visit an industrial solar thermal company as well as Sweden’s largest concentrating solar thermal field.

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Issue 12 - September 2022

Multinational corporations have discovered solar steam as an important way to achieve their climate protection goals. Among the global players that have purchased a solar industrial heat plant this year are the huge breweries Heineken and Carlsberg. 
Demand from the industrial sector has enabled the technology suppliers for solar concentrating heat solutions to grow significantly this year. At least 30 projects with 32.3 MWth are planned for commissioning by the end of 2022. This is four times more capacity than the 10 projects with only 8 MWth that started operation in 2021. Strong growth is again expected for 2023. 

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Issue 07 - April 2022

Local manufacturer and installer Inventive Power has completed what is reportedly the “first solar generated vapour purchase agreement in Latin America”. The Zero CAPEX model, similar to an ESCO agreement for heating, offers high investment return rates. Since December 2021 a 332 kWth parabolic trough plant has been delivering solar steam to the SME food processor Famo Alimentos in Guanajuato, Mexico (see photo). Inventive Power expects to install a further 12,000 m2 of solar industrial heat capacity in 2022. The increasing costs of fossil fuels in Mexican industry appear to be boosting SHIP projects without subsidies.

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Issue 08 - May 2022

Two weeks before the start of Russia’s war against Ukraine, France’s President Emmanuel Macron gave a speech in which he detailed his strategy for developing the nation’s energy sector. He left no doubt that nuclear energy would continue to play a central role, but at the same time attributed growing importance to renewable energy sources for the national energy mix. He announced financial support of around EUR 400 million for the industrial use of renewable energy sources. Now the war against Ukraine has further exacerbated the previously identified need to reduce dependence on imports of Russian gas. This also improves the prospects for the use of solar heat.

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Issue 09 - June 2022


Green hydrogen is going down in cost, and concentrating solar power could pick up the pace by ditching electrolysis in favor of a thermochemical process. Researchers point out that PV cells only use part of the solar spectrum. The next big thing in solar power is the use of high heat in systems that put the entire spectrum to work from one end to the other.

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Issue 04 - January 2022

Why only generate energy on the roof and not also on the facades? The research project Solar-VHF examines how solar thermal energy can be combined with a curtain-type, rear-ventilated facade (VHF) as a heat exchanger. The Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP and the Institute for Solar Energy Research Hameln ISFH participate in the scientific work. The professional association for building materials and components for ventilated curtain walls (FVHF) supports the preparation and implementation of pilot facades in multi-storey residential construction.

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Issue 05 - February 2022

The Solar Heat Innovation Week is a 5-day program organized by Absolicon Solar Collectors and MG Sustainable Engineering, with a mission of developing bright ideas into concepts in addressing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. During the event, participants had the opportunity to engage with solar industry experts in lessons as well as group discussions on solar heat, visit Absolicon’s factory and the concentrating solar collector field at Högslätten, all with the aim of enhancing knowledge of solar heat. 

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Issue 06 - March 2022

At a workshop set to take place on 4th and 5th April, 2022 in Graz, Austria, the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme will launch a new research platform about Efficient Solar District Heating Systems, also called Task 68.

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Issue 01 - October 2021

Saudi Arabia has launched an ambitious project that will develop a first-of-a-kind efficient coupling of concentrated solar power and desalination techniques. 19 partners and 12 countries are taking part in the 10M€ project. The “DESOLINATION” project is planned to last four years to 2025.

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Issue 02 - November 2021

Here are a few facts from the scientific community based on current incidents in various parts of the world:

1. Humans induced global warming and its largescale impact on weather patterns.
2. Because the atmosphere is used as a free dustbin for greenhouse gases, a thermal insulation layer is thickening around the planet.
3. The changing composition of the atmosphere and the resulting climate change are due to deforestation and our usage of fossil fuels.

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Issue 03 - December 2021

SUN-to-LIQUID is now recognized as one of the world’s best environmental projects winning the 22nd Energy Globe World Award in the category “Fire”, dedicated to projects on sustainable energy technologies. The Energy Globe World Award, is today the most recognized environmental award in the world.

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