Ranking List of European Large Scale Solar Heating Plants

This section presents a ranking list of large scale solar heating plants located in Europe and with a nominal capacity higher than 700 kWth. This data base allows you to learn from best practice realizations, to find detailed technical information and cost data or to get in contact with the plant operators. Use the filter tool to easily select plants corresponding to the desired size, location or category. Benefit from this well introduced platform for presenting your own plant.

The ranking list of large scale solar heating plants is managed by Jan-Olof Dalenbäck, Chalmers University Gothenborg, SE. The list was developed in cooperation with partners of the European Large-scale Solar Heating Network, Working Group 2E of the European Solar Thermal Technology Platform and the IEE Solar District Heating in Europe project.

For more information contact plantdatabase@solar-district-heating.eu.

Status: end of 2016

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Plant Factsheet
Owner: Stadtwerke Crailsheim, DE Location: Crailsheim, Germany
Start of operation: 2003 Shutdown:
Aperture area in m2: 7500 Capacity in kwth 5110
Collector system: FPC Collector placement: Roof+Ground
Storage type: BTES Storage size in m3: 37500
Load type: Load size in GWh/a: 4.1
System type: SS
Plant description

Solar district heating system with seasonal thermal energy storage backed-up by small district heating net and heat pump. Solar collectors are installed on new and renovated buildings and a noise protection wall.

DH net provides space heating and domestic hot water to a new housing area, renovated multi-family houses (in total 260 housing units), a school and a gym. The area is developed within a conversion programme for a former military area.


Further Information

Links: www.stw-crailsheim.de

Downloads: Factsheet, Brochure

Contact Person: Rafael Schmidt

System types
SS Seasonal storage
DS Diurnal storage
XS No storage (district network)
Storage types
ATES Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage
BTES Borehole Thermal Energy Storage (soil, rock)
WTES Water Thermal Energy Storage (rock cavern, concrete and steel tank, pit, above or below ground)
WGTES Water / Gravel Thermal Energy Storage (pit below ground)
Collector types
FPC Flat plate collector = Default
ETC Evacuated tube collector
CPC Compound parabolic collectors
PTC Parabolic trough collector
UG Unglazed collector (absorber)
DB Drain back (Default = Pumped system / antifreeze)
R Reflector
Wood Chips, pellet, etc
HP Stored heat partly utilized by a heat pump
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