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Smart solar boiler

A solar boiler for industrial processes

January 2019

Smart solar boiler

A solar boiler for industrial processes

  • World Alliance Member
  • Featured Solution
  • Labelled Solution
Label Date January 31, 2019
By Rackam
From Canada
Maturity stage TRL 9 / CRI 3-4 - Commercial Scale Up / Multiple commercial Applications

This industrial solution consists of two parabolic trough collectors (under the brand name): RACK10 (for rooftop) and Rack20 (ground mount). Installed in rows, these collectors increase the intensity of the sun's rays by concentrating them on a central tube filled with a circulating heat transfer fluid (e.g. oil), which absorbs the thermal energy. The collector consists of an ultra-high-efficiency parabolic mirror and a vacuum tube that receives the concentrated solar energy. The mirror and tube assembly are mounted on a pivoting structure equipped with a smart sun-tracking mechanism. The heat captured by the collectors is transported, at high temperature, through a piping system filled with a heat transfer fluid to a thermal battery or directly to the process. Heat is used in many different industrial processes:food and beverage, textile, mining industry, pulp and paper, water treatment and many other.

The Environmental Benefits

  • Automated sun-tracking collectors.
  • 7 414 metric tons of CO2 saved versus a 1MW liquid petroleum gas (LPG) boiler.

The Financial Benefits

  • Savings of 93 533 USD per year versus a 1MW LPG boiler.

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Activity Region

  • Headquarters
  • Activity

Company Profile


Producing Solar Heat for Industrial Processes (SHIP) since 2009. As the industrial world still uses fossil fuels to generate heat for its processes, Rackam offers innovative solar solutions to help industries become less dependent on fossil fuels

Headquarters Sherbrooke, QC J1H 6J8, Canada
Type Startup or self-employed
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We leverage provincial and territorial strengths to support the scale-up of Canadian cleantech.

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