Dr.-Ing Lars Amsbeck (photo, far right) along with Dr.-Ing. Reiner Buck and Dr.-Ing. Eckhard Lüpfert founded HelioHeat GmbH as a company from the DLR Institute for Solar Research. The young high-tech start-up based in Offenburg develops system components that make it possible to supply uninterrupted and controlled regenerative energy for the production of electricity as well as high and low temperature process heat for industrial procedures.
The core technology of HelioHeat is a special solar receiver (CentRec) patented by DLR, which is used in solar thermal tower power plants (CSP). Ceramic particles are used both as heat transfer and storage media and are circulated. The solar receiver is supplemented by an electrical or fuel-based particle heating system to enable a competitive and completely renewable supply.
The decisive advantage for customers is a CO2-free energy supply at a high temperature level, which has significant cost advantages compared to other renewable systems and at the same time offers the same availability and flexibility as conventional fossil fuel systems.
As part of the EU-funded project HiFlex, the world's first pre-commercial demonstration system with particle technology is being developed, built and tested at the pasta manufacturer Barilla in southern Italy. HelioHeat will supply the particle heaters for this. The plant is scheduled to start operating in 2021.