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Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) unit

Подпись: Fig. 1 - Regenerative ORC scheme and T,s diagram representation of cycle points

The power block is based on a regenerative Organic Rankine Cycle according to the scheme and T — s diagram presented in figure 1.

R245fa is the substance considered as working fluid of the ORC in this work. Although this fluid yields lower values of the ORC thermal efficiency, when compared, e. g., to toluene or hexamethyldisiloxane [8], it presents zero ozone depletion potential or low flammability properties, environmental, health or safety issues accounted in the fluid selection process, considering the aim of the project.

Considering R245fa, the operating parameters that optimize ORC thermal efficiency in both cycles 2 and 3[5] top temperature conditions are given in Table 1. These values were determined considering typical values for regenerator effectiveness (0.80) [9-12] and vapour turbine efficiency (0.75). The latter is the estimated value for low power output ORC units (100-500 kW) [12]. Operating conditions presented in Table 1 are considered as full load ORC operating conditions.

Table 1. Optimized ORC operating parameters for cycles 2 (C2) and 3 (C3) (Л = 0.75; Vr = 0.75; eR = 0.80; Tcond = 30 °C)

TeVap [°C]/ Pevap [MPa]

T2 / Ty / Tx [°C]

T /

1 in, Solar y Tout, Solar [°C]

nR, net / nR, gross [%]

moRc / Wvt [kgh-1/kWm]

Qin. ORC WvT


QoutORC /Wvt



134.6 / 2.56

145.0 / 55.4 / 39.7

127.6 / 150.0

15.72 / 16.74





148.0 / 3.10

240.0 / 111.7 / 61.4

123.0 / 250.0

20.50 / 21.63




Integration of Solar Heating Systems for Process Heat. Generation in Breweries

B. Schmitt*, K. Vajen and U. Jordan

Kassel University, Institute of Thermal Engineering, 34125 Kassel (Germany)
* Corresponding Author, solar@uni-kassel. de


The generation of process heat for industrial applications seems to be a promising market for solar thermal systems. Processes in several industrial sectors consume high amounts of thermal energy at a low to medium temperature level. These boundary conditions are given in the food and beverage industry, especially in breweries. In this paper, basic information are given for the implementation of solar heating systems in breweries.

Using the Hutt brewery in Kassel (Germany) as example, the diversity in brewing processes is shown. Although all breweries consume large amounts of thermal energy for the wort production, every single brewery has to be analysed relatively detailed. To estimate a reasonable integration of a solar heating system, a detailed water and energy balance has to be drawn. The strong influence of the existing or available installations on a solar heating system is shown by two different concepts for the Hutt brewery. Therefore, it will be difficult to develop general guidelines for a suitable implementation of solar heating systems in breweries.

Keywords: solar process heat, industrial processes, brewery, energy efficiency

1. Introduction

By the year 2006, approximately 128 GWth of solar thermal collectors had been installed worldwide. Most of the installed systems were used for domestic hot water preparation, space heating or swimming pool heating [1]. So far approximately 90 solar heating plants with a total capacity of 25 MWth were used for industrial applications, which is a nearly negligible share of 0.02%. Within the framework of IEA SHC Task 33/IV, the potential for industrial applications within the EU 25 was estimated to be between 100 and 125 GWth. This huge potential is based on two facts: Firstly, the industry sector consumes nearly 30% of the total primary energy consumption in the EU25 and secondly, a significant share of the heat consumed in this sector is in the low and medium temperature range [2]. Approximately one third of the total industrial heat demand is required at temperatures below 100°C and nearly 60% at temperatures below 400°C. In some of the industrial sectors, such as food, wine and beverage, transport equipment, textile, pulp and paper, the share of heat demand below 250°C can be as large as 60% [3].

The food and beverage industry is one of the key sectors for solar heating, since processes such as cleaning, drying, pasteurisation, sterilisation or boiling take place at a low temperature range and the overall energy consumption is large [4]. To realise a significant implementation of solar heating systems within this industry sector, it has to be analysed which part of the high heat demand at a low and medium temperature level could be provided by solar heating systems, how to
integrate these systems in already existing processes and finally, how to transfer this knowledge to similar processes or other sectors.

Within the food and beverage sector, breweries show a large heat demand at relatively low temperature levels, but also a large potential for heat recovery. The brewing sector is furthermore interesting because of the large amount of breweries in Europe and especially Germany. All over Europe, there are more than 2,800 breweries, nearly half of them is located in Germany. Almost 85% of all German breweries are small and medium sized companies (SME) with an annual beer production of 50,000 hl or less [5]. In 2006, about 4.3 TWh (15.5 PJ) of energy was consumed in almost 1,300 German breweries, only one fourth of the consumed energy was electricity [6].

Towards A Competitive Use Of Solar Driers: A Case Study For The Lumber Industry

David Loureiro, Maria Joao Martins, Jose Antonio Santos, Antonio Nogueira,
Jorge Cruz Costa, Luis Pestana, Edgar Atai’de

INETI, Department of Renewable Energies, Campus do Lumiar, 1649-038 Lisbon, Portugal

E-mail: david. loureiro@ineti. pt


The aim of this work is to contribute to the discussion of the methodology that leads to a better systematization of the knowledge on solar drying. Based on a case study for the lumber industry, the options and solutions adopted will be reported, along with their evaluation criteria and existing or developed tools. The kilns have 50 m3 interior capacities and proved the capability to dry maritime pine 27 mm thick, from green to 12% moisture content in about 33 days. The performance of the drying process has a significant seasonal and weather dependence, so an interactive control system is essential in order to profit as much as possible from the favorable exterior conditions.

1 Introduction

The use of solar energy for drying purposes is in general meant to save drying costs, primary energy and to reduce CO2 emissions. For these reasons over the last few decades, several solar drying systems have been described for agriculture and forest products, many of them reported in Europe [1,2] where the performance of the drying process has a significant seasonal dependence. This trend has been triggered by the promotion of rational energy use and renewable energies sources by European Union next to industrial manufactures.

Although several innovative versions and applications have been reported, there is an important lack of reliable information on the energy efficiency of solar energy based driers which is essential to gather in order to establish such driers as an acceptable industrial alternative when compared with traditional types based on fossil sources of energy.

The aim of this paper is to contribute to a discussion on the methodology that leads to a better systematization of the knowledge about the solar drying area, namely on the energy efficiency, wood quality, drying duration and drying costs. Based on a case study for the lumber industry, the options and solutions adopted will be discussed, along with their evaluation criteria and existing or developed tools.

Concept of the hybridization of solar tower plants

The receiver is operated with a variable mass flow to maintain the design hot air temperature of approx. 680°C. In operation, first the thermal storage is charged to a certain level to have a backup for compensation of less or no solar radiation. In times of high solar radiation the receiver provides enough heat to charge the storage and to produce steam. To charge the storage the excess hot air mass flow enters the storage from the top and dissipates its heat to the storage mass. When the receiver is generating less hot air than required (e. g. due to cloud transients) the differential hot air flow is provided by a discharge flow through the storage entering at the bottom [3].

The concept of a hybrid tower plant is shown in Fig. 1. To achieve the gas parameters at the inlet of the HRSG for nominal load even by less solar radiation a channel burner is included. The burner heats up

Подпись: Fig. 1. Schematic diagram of the Juelich demonstration plant with channel burner (left) or gas turbine (right)

the preheated air from the receiver to the desired temperature. Instead of using a channel burner a gas turbine can be combined with the system. The gas turbine is in a parallel position to the receiver. The exhaust gas of the gas turbine is mixed with the air from the receiver to get the nominal mass flow at a high temperature. After the HRSG the exhaust gas is recirculated to the receiver or can be passed to a stack. This hybridisation concept has the advantages of combined cycles, like a high efficiency, and an additional power production by the gas turbine. As fuel natural gas or biogas (to maintain the status of the plant using renewable energies) can be used. In addition the hybridisation concepts can be used in different operation modes. The burner or the gas turbine can be operated parallel or in turn with the solar air receiver. Parallel means that on a day with less solar radiation both components can provide the heat for the HRSG at the same time. In the other operation mode the hybrid component is only switched on in the night or at times of no solar radiation.

The collector gain and the cardinal point

The optimal orientation of a collector (e. g. south, tilted according to the latitude) is often not to choose. To take into account the local conditions (roof slope, roof orientation, site orientation) it often needs a compromise. CPC vacuum tube collectors have the advantage that they can compensate an unfavourable orientation with the smallest additional collector area. In an extreme case with east orientation flat plate collectors need 90 % more area. With vacuum tube collectors this would be only 40 %. This is because of the better Incidence Angle Modifier (IAM) and the higher efficiency factors with small irradiation as usual with unfavourable roof orientations as well as in the morning and evening.

IEA-SHC-Task 33-Booklet: Process Heat Collectors

Linked to IEA-SHC Task 33, several new development activities on process heat collectors were carried out. In order to give a short overview on these developments, three categories may be introduced:

• vacuum tube collectors and improved flat-plate collectors: double-glazed flat plate collectors with anti-reflection glazing and hermetically sealed collectors with inert gas fillings, or a combination of both. These collectors are installed in a fixed orientation; no tracking of the collectors. Full utilisation of the global solar radiation.

• stationary (i. e. non-tracking) low-concentration collectors: stationary CPC type collectors. The concentration factor is low (approx. 1.5 … 2) in order to avoid tracking. The acceptance angle of the concentrating reflectors reduces the utilisation of the solar radiation.

• concentrating tracking collectors: parabolic trough, Fresnel collectors or Fixed Mirror Solar Collectors (FMSC) with small aperture widths. Only the direct solar radiation is utilised.

The booklet (see Fig. 2) can be downloaded from http://www. iea-

shc. org/publications/downloads/task33-Process_Heat_Collectors. pdf. It is an outcome of the Subtask C of the SHC-IEA-Task 33. In a first part, a general description of the following different collector technologies is given :advanced flat-plate collectors, evacuated tube collectors, CPC-collectors, parabolic trough collectors, linear concentrating Fresnel collectors and finally concentrating collectors with stationary receiver.

In the second part of the booklet information from the developers of 14 different process heat collectors is given on their specific collectors. These developers were (some more, some less) linked to the work of the Task.


IEA SHC-Таєк 33 and SolarPACES-Task IV Solar Heat for Industrial Processes

Process Heat Collectors

State of the Art within Task 33/IV

Edited by Werner Weiss. AEE INTEC. Austna

and Matthias Rommel, Fraunhofer ISE Germany

Fig. 2. The booklet ‘Process Heat Collectors’ is an outcome of IEA-SHC Task 33. It has 56 pages and can be downloaded at www. iea-shc. org

Just in order to give some impressions of new concentrating collector developments aiming at higher operating temperatures, fig 3 shows an example for a parabolic trough collector which is under

Подпись: Fig. 3: NEP SOLAR PolyTrough 1200 Подпись: Fig. 4: The PSE linear Fresnel collector in Sevilla.

development in Australia, the NEP SOLAR PolyTrough 1200. The mirror panel carriers are made of polymeric composite materials and are light weight. The aperture width of the trough is 1.20m, the length of a trough panel is 6m and a standard module has a length of 24m. The focal length of the reflector is 0.65m and the geometrical concentration ratio is 45. Solar tracking is achieved trough a microprocessor controlled stepper motor and reduction drive. The target operating temperature is 150 to 275°C, depending on the application. Generally, the constructive challenges to be met are sufficient stiffness with respect to bending, sufficient precision of the reflector geometry and a general long term stability of all components and the total construction.

Подпись: Fig. 5 CCStar collector with fixed reflector and movable receiver.

Figure 4 shows a picture of a linear Fresnel collector developed by the company PSE AG, Freiburg. This collector was installed in Sevilla, Spain in 2008. It is already the third collector which PSE installed, after two testing collectors erected and investigated in Freiburg, Germany and in Bergamo, Italy. The collector aims at the same operating temperature range. In Bergamo, the collector is supplying heat to an NH3/H2O absorption chiller. The width of a single reflector is 0.5m, the total width of the collector is and the length of one module is 4 m. The largest of these installations is the 176 kWth collector in Seville Spain shown in the picture, where the collector powers a double effect LiBr chiller.

In these two examples tracking of the sun is achieved by moving the reflector. But it is also possible to have the reflector installed in a fixed position and then move the receiver. The concept is called "Fixed Mirror Solar Collector (FMSC)". Figure 5 shows an example: the CCStaR-collector (Concentrating Collector with stationary Reflector) which is still under development by the company TSC, Barcelona and the Universitat de les Illes Balears, Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

It is interesting to point out that building — and roof-integration is an important and challenging aspect for the application of large process heat collector fields (which in the end mainly will have to be installed on buildings and factory roofs). Also under this aspect the different collector technologies offer different advantages and application chances so that it is positive to have different possibilities available.

Please have a look on the booklet for more information on these collectors and on all the others.

System Concept With Storage Tank

If the simulation results of the reference cases are plotted as a function of the utilization ratio, all simulated points almost fall onto a single line that is decreasing with increasing utilization ratio. Towards the left, the collector area is increased, to the right it is decreased. The larger the collector area and the smaller the heat demand is, the higher is the solar fraction. High levels of utilization signify low degrees of solar fraction and vice versa. The specific yield shows the well-known behavior running contrary to the solar fraction.

Figure 5. Nomogram to determine the collector area and the solar fraction and at the same time the specific
collector yield. The graph is based on a specific storage tank volume of 50 liters per m2 of collector area.

The only points that are slightly lower than the overall trend curve are the ones that represent Case 4 (with high internal loads). In this case, the internal loads occur always during the daytime (i. e. at

the same time when there is solar yield). Because of the internal loads there is no heat demand during working hours but only at night and on the weekends. Therefore, the solar energy can never be used directly in the building but always has to be stored for later use. Therefore, more storage tank losses occur compared to a building that has space heating demand also during the day.

The light-colored areas in the diagram show the typical range of solar fractions and specific collector yields that are reached with systems using the storage tank concept. Particularly in industrial buildings, economic considerations dominate that is why systems should be designed in accordance with the optimum ratio of cost-to-benefit (orange area, between approx. 15 and 40% solar fraction). Degrees of solar fraction of less than 15% are outside the cost-to-benefit optimum since the (slight) rise in the specific yield does not make up for the higher specific system costs of a smaller solar thermal system and would thus lead to higher solar heating costs.

Handling of the Nomogram: The nomograms can be used in two different ways:

Determination of solar fraction: If the annual heating requirement has been determined, the utilization ratio for a particular planning project can be calculated by dividing this value by the collector area. If a vertical line is drawn through the point of the determined utilization ratio, then the intersection with the curve of the solar fraction is obtained and the value can be read off on the left ordinate. The same is true for reading off the specific yield on the right ordinate.

Determination of collector area: If a desired solar fraction constitutes the starting point then a horizontal line can be placed at the corresponding height. The point intersecting with the curve of the solar fraction then allows the necessary utilization ratio to be read off on the abscissa. The necessary collector area is obtained by dividing the annual heating requirement for space heating by the utilization ratio. The solar storage tank volume of 50 l/m2 is directly proportional to the collector area.

Solar thermal collectors

Considering the top cycle temperatures prescribed for both cycles 2 and 3, different collector prototypes are under development in the framework of project, namely: an evacuated CPC for cycle 2; and a linear Fresnel concentrator for cycle 3.

At this point, a preliminary assessment of the evacuated CPC allows an early estimation of its efficiency parameters (steady-state) according to the values presented in Table 2.

Table 2. Estimated efficiency parameters (steady-state) for Cycle 2 evacuated CPC collector


a1 [W/(m[6].K)]

a2 [W/(m2.K2)]




A ray-trace based assessment allows a preliminary estimation of longitudinal and transversal incidence angle modifier (IAM) values according to Table 3.

Table 3. Estimated transversal and longitudinal IAM values for Cycle 2 evacuated CPC collector












Instantaneous power calculations performed after cycle 2 conditions and estimated CPC parameters follow the corrected methodology presented in [14].

Regarding cycle 3, the present state of development of the linear Fresnel concentrator does not allow an early assessment of both optical and thermal performance (information available to the project consortium within next spring, according to project planning).

Nevertheless, in the present paper the assessment of the POWERSOL technology for top cycle temperature conditions of cycle 3 is made after thermal and optical parameters of a commercial parabolic trough collector (PTC), the LS-3 model (used between 1984 and 1990 in the Mojave desert, CA, USA solar thermal power plants, e. g.).

LS-3 PTC efficiency and IAM follows the parameters described in [15], with thermal loss coefficient calculated after the polynomial expression presented in [16]. Instantaneous power calculations for LS-3 PTC followed ‘EW’ tracking configuration neglecting diffuse or ground reflected radiation components (reasonable simplification in view of the 26.2 concentration factor).

The Hutt brewery

Within a research project that started in 2005, four case studies for medium sized companies located around Kassel (Germany) were carried out to analyse the suitability of implementing solar heating systems for process heat generation. Specific and overall heat consumption and temperature ranges were estimated or measured and transient needs of the heat supply systems were analysed, with focus on existing stores and hydraulics, used fluids (e. g. steam cycles) and possibilities for heat recovery installations [7]. The Hutt brewery in Kassel is one of the investigated companies. It was founded in the 1750’s and has a current staff of about 60 employees today. The brewery produces approximately 80,000 hl of beer per year and has an annual final energy consumption of 6.5 GWh. More than 80% of the energy is supplied by natural gas and used to provide process heat, hot water and space heating. All heat consumers are connected to a steam network that is fed by a boiler (P = 2.6 MW*). The production process is operated in one shift on five days per week. During summer, the amount of produced beer increases by a factor of 1.3 compared to the winter period. Based on their production capacity, technical installations and energy consumption, the Hutt brewery is a representative example for a typical SME in the brewing sector. The continuous development over the last decades with structural alterations and technological changes led to a non-optimised combination of production sites, installations and energy supply. Thus, energy efficiency measures of different complexity can be realised within several sections of the production process.



Steam Steam Steam

Fig. 1. Schematic of the brewing process at the Hutt brewery.

The respective temperatures are similar to other breweries.

Independent from the specific characteristic of a brewery, the production of beer can be divided into three parts: brewing, fermentation/storage and filling of bottles, kegs or cans. Figure 1 shows the simplified scheme of the production process at the Hutt brewery. In the beginning, the wort is produced within the brewhouse by mashing, lautering and boiling. After cooling the wort, it is stored in the fermenting cellar. Once fermented, the beer is filled into bottles and kegs. Within the production process, the brewhouse has a share of 40..50% of the overall heat consumption. The bottle and keg filling hall, with the bottle washing machine as biggest consumer, requires about 20..30% of total heat demand [8]. Besides a small amount of hot water for filtration, there is no significant heat demand within the process step fermentation and storage. However, this part is characterised by high electricity demand for cooling.

Wood drying processes

To dry wood the surrounding air must be sufficiently dry so as to absorb its moisture. This can be accomplished either by ventilating or heating the kiln air. During the first stage of the drying cycle, air easily absorbs the moisture and relative humidity inside the chamber may keep close to 100%, with water often beading on the walls in a based-greenhouse structure. As the process evolves wood moisture expelling turns increasingly difficult, mainly due to the low diffusion speed of moisture in wood. At a final stage, when all free water has been lost, only cell bonded moisture is left to be extracted. This final stage is more time and energy consuming, since it requires additional energy supply to break the bonds. Quality regards are present in the intermediate and final drying stages. In this process temperature, relative humidity and wood moisture content are the most relevant quantities [2-3Conventional drying

The main purpose of lumber air drying is to evaporate as much water as possible before end use or transfer to a kiln drier. Air drying can usually proceed until wood moisture content attains 25% to 20%. Another drying methodology must follow if a lower target value is desired. Air drying saves energy costs and reduces required dry kiln capacity, but presents the usual limitations of an uncontrolled process: in winter months drying rates cold be very slow, particularly in raining periods. By other hand under summer hot dry winds wood quality may be degraded as a result of surface shrinking and end splitting, due to severe differential drying (surface vs. interior). Another drawback of this method is the space and long time storage costs of wood stacks, implying large immobilization periods [4]

In kiln drying processes, higher temperatures and faster air circulation are used to considerably increase drying rate. Specific drying schedules/profiles have been developed to control temperature and relative humidity in accordance with the moisture content and stress situation within the wood, in order to minimize shrinkage-caused defects and improving quality. Conventional drying is one of the most expensive processes in wood industry, due to the enormous thermal energy expenditure