On the 18th September 2019, SHIP2FAIR organised its first workshop in one of the installed demonstration sites of the project. ‘Bodegas RODA’ winery hosted this workshop on the integration of solar thermal energy to elaborate wine, in Haro, La Rioja, Spain. The program of the day included a technical session about the SHIP solution, based in the integration of solar heat in industrial processes to reduce the dependence of fossil fuels in a cost-effective way.

Picture: left side, Montserrat Lanero and Yolanda Lara, from CIRCE, in charge of the coordination of the project; right side, Esperanza Tomás and Lidia Martínez, representatives from Bodegas RODA, in charge of Research and Innovation.

Agustín Santolaya (picture), RODA’s Director was the master of ceremony of the first workshop of this H2020 project, funded by the European Commission. SHIP2FAIR project coordinator, CIRCE, presented the project latest results. Followed by Antonio Aguirre, from Inconef, who took the floor to lead the audience through the installation process of the SHIP solution adapted to the needs of Bodegas RODA. This winery is a pioneer on the integration of the SHIP solution, as RODA said, ‘the integration of solar heat in industrial processes (SHIP) is not common due to the low prices of fossil fuels and due to the technical complexity behind the integration of solar heat in industrial processes’. However, SHIP2FAIR has provided a cost-effective SHIP solution based on the use of competitive solar thermal technologies, respectful with the environment, user-friendly methods and innovative business lines’.

The audience, composed by representatives from the agro-food industry, consultants, solar thermal technology providers and academia, participated in a round-table discussion moderated by Susana Rivera, from Spanish Cooperatives. Afterwards, SHIP2FAIR guests could see the real application of this solution through a tour at Bodegas RODA, including the adapted solar collectors plant installed at the winery (picture). This installation based on  vacuum/ evacuated tubes produces heat to boil the amount of water that the winery needs for processes such as fermentation, the production of warm water and the heating. By mans of another system to absorb the heat, the water is refrigerated in order to be used in other processes required to produce wine, such as the control of temperature of the fermentation and refrigeration processes. The warm water generated from solar thermal energy is also used in a system to absorb the excess of humidity existent in a nineteenth century cellar excavated in stone, next to the Ebro river, used to storage wine.

SHIP2FAIR project is being developed by 15 European partners, including three other industries in which the SHIP solution is being integrated. Read more about SHIP2FAIR demo-sites here.

The program of the workshop in detail is available here

About the organisers

The project, coordinated by CIRCE, started the 1st of April 2018. SHIP2FAIR  main goal is to boost the integration of solar thermal energy in industrial processes of the agro-food industry through the development and implementation of a set of tools and methods applicable in the most representative processes of the agro-food sector.

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