Avery Dennison Commissions Solar Thermal Platform in Belgium - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Storage, Industrial, Solar  -  September 6, 2023

Avery Dennison Commissions Belgian Solar Thermal Platform

Avery Dennison, a global packaging and materials manufacturer, commissioned a Concentrated Solar Thermal (CST) platform and Thermal Storage unit at its production plant in Turnhout, Belgium.

The renewable energy project contains a Concentrated Solar Thermal platform with 2,240 surface mirrors with a solar field peak yield of 2.7 GWh thermal power and six thermal storage modules with a capacity of 5 MWh thermal power.

The renewable energy platform, consisting of a CST field and Thermal Storage unit, covers roughly 5,540 square meters onsite and will contain a large installation of parabolic mirrors combined with thermal energy storage in an industrial setting.

The total installation will provide heat equivalent to 2.3 GWh of gas consumption, reducing the plant’s GHG emissions by an average of 9% annually. During summer months and periods of high sunshine, it will provide up to 100% of the factory’s heat demand.

The project is a collaboration with Azteq, an organization that builds, develops and maintains CST facilities; ENERGYNEST, a long-duration thermal energy storage (TES) provider; and local community group Campina Energie, which helped secure a portion of the project financing.

The project will help provide heat to run drying ovens, which are used during the coating process of pressure-sensitive adhesive products manufactured at the site. These products are used in industries such as automotive, building and construction, medical devices and personal care.

Financing was secured through Campina Energie, which is engaged in green energy projects and represents more than 1,000 Turnhout residents. The ENERGYNEST thermal battery installation received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. Azteq’s CST platform is partially funded by the Flemish Government via the call Green Heat.

The Balance of Plant (BoP) was developed in the research project #MODULUS, which is partly funded by the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action.

“We have big ambitions to tackle climate change and achieve net zero by 2050. To meet these goals we will look across our industrial processes and identify opportunities to implement new technologies that decarbonize and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. The successful commissioning of the project in Turnhout is a big step forward in our sustainability plans,” said Mariana Rodriguez, general manager of Avery Dennison Performance Tapes Europe, in a statement.

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