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

Even though process heat has the highest potential among solar heating and cooling applications, Solar Heat for Industrial Processes (SHIP) still presents accounts only for about 0.3% of total installed solar thermal capacity worldwide.

The INSHIP project focuses on engaging major European research institutes with recognized activities on SHIP, into an integrated structure that could successfully coordinate the achievement of the following objectives:

  • 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

The project aspires to become the reference organization to promote and coordinate the international cooperation in SHIP research from and to Europe, while developing coordinated R&D TRLs 2-5 activities with the ambition of progressing SHIP beyond the state-of-the-art through:

  • an easier integration of low and medium temperature technologies suiting the operation, durability and reliability requirements of industrial end users
  • expanding the range of SHIP applications to the Energy Intensive( EI) sector through the development of suitable process embedded solar concentrating technologies, overcoming the present barrier of applications only in the low and medium temperature ranges
  • increasing the synergies within industrial parks, through centralized heat distribution networks and exploiting the potential synergies of these networks with district heating and with the electricity grid


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Call: H2020-LCE-2016-2017 (Topic: LCE-33-2016)


  1. Agenzia nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l’energia e lo sviluppo economico sostenibile, Italy
  2. Arbeitsgemeinschaft – erneuerbare energie – institut fur nachhaltige technologien, Austria
  3. Associacao do instituto superior tecnico para a investigacao e desenvolvimento, Portugal
  4. Centre for renewable energy sourcesand saving foundation, Greece
  5. Centre national de la recherche scientifique, France
  6. Centro de investigacion cooperativade energias alternativas fundacion, Spain
  7. Centro de investigaciones energeticas, medioambientales y tecnologicas-ciemat, Spain
  8. Commissariat a l energie atomique et aux energies alternatives, France
  9. Consiglio nazionale delle ricerche, Italy
  10. Cranfield university, United kingdom
  11. Deutsches zentrum fuer luft – und raumfahrt ev, Germany
  12. Eidgenoessische technische hochschule zuerich, Switzerland
  13. European energy research alliance eera aisbl, Belgium
  14. Fondazione bruno Kessler, Italy
  15. Fraunhofer gesellschaft zur foerderung der angewandten forschung e.v., Germany
  16. Fundacion cener-ciemat, Spain
  17. Fundacion centro tecnologico avanzado de energias renovables de andalucia, Spain
  18. Fundacion imdea energia, Spain
  19. Fundacion tecnalia research & innovation, Spain
  20. Fundacion tekniker, Spain
  21. Laboratorio nacional de energia e geologia i.p., Portugal
  22. Middle east technical university, Turkey
  23. The cyprus institute limited, Cyprus
  24. Universidad de sevilla, Spain
  25. Universidade de evora, Portugal
  26. Universita degli studi di Firenze, Italy
  27. Universita degli studi di napoli federico ii., Italy
  28. Universita degli studi di Palermo, Italy