The presentation of Irradia Energía ‘s new facilities took place during the conference “Heating and cooling technologies in industrial applications“, organized by CTA (Technological Corporation of Andalusia) and Iberdrola. The event was held in Lucena (Córdoba) and was attended by more than 120 people to show the latest advances and opportunities in this field, as well as to detect opportunities for innovation.
The energy facilities of the IFAPA center “agua del Pino”.belonging to the Andalusian Institute for Agricultural, Fishing, Food and Organic Production Research and Training (Instituto Andaluz de Investigación y Formación Agraria, Pesquera, Alimentaria y de la Producción Ecológica) The Andalusian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development of the Regional Government of Andalusia, is developing an important work of research and technological development in the area of marine crops and fishery resources. Its main objective is to contribute to the modernization and improvement competitiveness of the fishing and aquaculture sectors in Andalusia. The facilities are located in the municipality of Cartaya, opposite the mouth of the Piedras river, on the left bank of the El Rompido-Punta Umbría road, in the province of Huelva.
The renovation of the facilities, which is currently in the final phase of execution, includes a new thermal power plant efficient with two reversible water-to-water Inverter heat pumps from 220 kW total cooling capacity y 280 kW of heating capacitya 77 kWp photovoltaic system (140 modules of 550 Wp) with 60 kW inverter which will increase the renewable contribution and a control and management system centralized and integral centralization of all consumption and energy production.
CTA’s Technical Director, Fabián Varas, pointed out that “meeting the demand for heating and cooling through energy-efficient and/or renewable energy-based solutions is essential to advance in the energy transition towards decarbonization”. For the development of these solutions, he indicated that an important effort in innovation will be necessary and reminded that “CTA offers companies financing to address possible R&D&I projects that may arise and helps them to look for other sources of financing and the best technological partners”.
The Head of Industrial Decarbonization at IberdrolaFernando Mateo added that “the heat pump is a mature technology that currently provides competitive prices for processes using temperatures below 100ºC and, therefore, is already a sustainable and viable solution for industries, SMEs and households”. Mateo pointed out that heat use currently accounts for 50% of final energy demand in Europe (30% for heating and hot water and the remaining 20% for industrial processes).
The event was held at the headquarters of the Andalusian Refrigeration Manufacturers Association (AFAR)where the responsible for training and special projects of AFARJosé Arboledas, explained that “we must find the residual, unused energy from industry and, by means of a heat pump, convert it into free energy for our purposes”.