HyCool Project Mission is increasing the current use of Solar Heat in Industry Processes, and to do so the project proposes the coupling of a new Fresnel CSP Solar thermal collectors (FCSP) system with specially build Hybrid Heat Pumps (HHP) (a “two-in one” combination of adsorption and compressor based heat pumps) for a wider output temperature range (Solar Heating & Cooling –SHC-), and a wide range of design and operational configurations to increase the potential implementation of the proposed Solar Heat in industrial environments.

 

In short, main advantages of HyCool System are:

  • Higher flexibility: the combination of two systems permits HHPs to accept both electricity and/or heat from solar systems as driving force, thereby creating a strong synergistic effect which shall be used to provide cooling generation, while the solid sorbent (the “core component” of the adsorption heat pump) can be adapted to specific working environments.
  • Higher efficiency: HHPs driven with solar and waste heat and embedded in a real site thermal/electrical industrial processes can achieve twice the COP values of conventional heat pumps.

 

This Flexibility and Efficiency will allow different strategies for a technically and economically viable system. During Capital Expeditures phase simplicity will be aimed pursuing easiness in design configuration optimization, modular construction and ITS for commissioning. During Operational Expenditures the optimum balance between the HyCool System Operational Flexibility and Efficiency will be targeted to maximize HyCool cost effectiveness to each individual case.

 

Following this, the pilots proposed will demonstrate both opposed strategies of the HyCool System proposed in two selected key leading industry sectors: food and chemical.

    • Food Case Pilot: targets specialized small Food industries in high solar irradiation areas with cooling needs in their processes. Here narrow configurations are aimed to optimize Efficiency, so a simple system will be selected to obtain maximum outputs based on the conditions of use.BO DE DEBÒ will be the pilot site for the food industry case. This company exerts in its current facilities the activity of preparing precooked fresh dishes based on meat, fish and vegetable products. The scope of action regarding both the acquisition of raw materials and the commercialization of products is basically the Spanish territory.
      Bo de Debò

      Bo de Debò Plant

      The industrial cold installation is necessary for the good preservation of the product, it serves different rooms to achieve them the following final temperatures in the chamber:

      • Production area: 6-8ºC
      • Delivery area: 10-12 ºC

 

  • Chemical Case Pilot targets industries with several processes in high solar irradiation areas with steam and cooling needs. Here a more complex configuration is aimed to optimize Operational Flexibility, so a more complex system will be implemented, able to be switched among different options based on weather, season and production schedule. Givaudan will be the pilot site for the chemical industry case. Givaudan is the global leader in the creation of flavours and fragrances. In close collaboration with food, beverage, consumer product and fragrance partners, Givaudan develops tastes and scents that delight consumers over the world. Givaudan, has established an ambitious set of eco-efficiency targets, as part of their agenda to achieve excellence in climate action, which takes action for the environment across their operations and beyond.
    Givaudan Plant

    Givaudan Plant

    Their cold installation makes use of a glycolic water chiller to keep the water entering the liquid ring of the vacuum pumps at 7ºC. The thermal demand for the installation was calculated at 108000 kcal / h (125.5 kW). Interchangeability between glycolic water and liquid ring water 64000Kcal / h (74 kW).

 

Finally, special consideration will be taken in building trust during HyCool communication and results dissemination not only in the HyCool concept as well as to demonstrate the potential of the solar heat applications in European industry by Virtual Reality BIM Digital Twins for easier knowledge exchange and huge impact.