Solar Process Heat

The solar generation of heat for industrial use is a field with very high potential for replacement of fossil fuels in the mining, food, chemical and textile industries. FCR-CSET is helping to transfer the high technical potential into an attractive market for Chile by supporting the development of reliable technologies and also the development of adapted business models.

Research focus

  • Integration of solar thermal technologies into industrial processes for heating, cooling, drying, sterilizing, washing and for any temperature treatment processes.
  • Development of system solutions for combined heat and power and poly-generation concepts.
  • Support of energy efficiency concepts including the optimization of heat distribution and storage networks, heat loss reduction and integration schemes for renewables.


  • Consultancy.
  • Optimized system solutions in process heat for the industry.
  • Investigation of hybrid systems, thermal energy dispatchability, advanced control technology, enhanced heat exchangers.