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2020-05-26

Absolicon: As previously announced in Swedish: Absolicon builds Europe's largest solar thermal field for district heating w...

The Swedish Energy Agency has granted EUR 800 000 in co-financing to
Absolicon's demonstration plant for large-scale solar heating. The
plant will be Europe's largest solar field with small concentrating
parabolic collectors connected to district heating and can operate up
to 160 °C working temperature.

The project has been preceded by the study "Future District Heating",
co-financed by Region Västernorrland and companies, real estate
companies, energy companies and by the municipalities of Härnösand,
Kramfors and Sollefteå. The project has identified a number of sites
in Ådalen that are suitable for solar heating and the choice
eventually fell on the city of Härnösand.

"The total investment in Härnösand amounts to approximately EUR 1,6
million," says project manager Anders Rammsy. When the plant is
completed in 2021, 3000 m[2] of solar collectors will produce one
million kilowatt hours of heat per year.

One quarter of all heating demand from solar

In Denmark, many cities have already installed solar collectors in
their district heating networks and there are also seasonal storage
that can store solar heat from summer to winter. But the older
technology used in Denmark has had difficulty coping with the high
temperatures in Swedish district heating networks.

Absolicon has solved the problem by using a silver mirror that
concentrates the light in a narrow line on a receiving tube filled
with pressurized water. The collectors follow the sun during the day
and retain the heat under a protective glass.

- Our solar collectors provide temperatures up to 160 °C. The heat is
fed directly into the district heating network and in the middle of
the day on a normal summer day, the solar collectors will account for
a quarter of the heating demand in Härnösand's district heating
network, Rammsy explains.

If the solar installation preforms well, Härnösand can eventually get
a larger solar heating system.

- In Härnösand, a solar collector plant ten times as large as this
demonstration plant and a seasonal warehouse that can store solar
heat from summer to winter means that you will be able to completely
stop burning fuels in the heating plant during the summer, says
Joakim Byström, CEO of Absolicon.

In addition to district heating networks, the solar collector is
suitable for industries that consume large amounts of heat and steam
such as textiles, dairies, chemical industries and breweries.

The Swedish Energy Agency's co-financing comes in a call for
demonstration facilities for new energy technologies and covers about
50% of the costs. The project also includes RISE and Umeå University.

This information is information that Absolicon Solar Collector AB is
obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation.
The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of
the contact person set out above, on May 26, 2020.

Joakim Byström vd Absolicon Solar Collector AB

E-post: joakim@absolicon.com
tel: +46-611-35 08 00

Pressbilder: http://www.absolicon.se/nyheter/pressbilder/

Absolicon is a listed Swedish solar energy company, specializing in
concentrated solar heating. The solar collector T160 operates up to
160°C and has the highest optical efficiency ever measured for a
commercially available small parabolic trough. After achieving
groundbreaking performance, Absolicon has built two robotized
production lines, one in Sweden and one in China that can produce 50
MWp(th) annually, one 5.5 m2 solar collector every six minutes. The
company combines solar energy research with sales of solar collector
fields to industries that need heat and steam and complete robotic
production lines for T160.

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