Although electricity generation is the primary concern, the Fresnel collector can accommodate several other applications. The process steam, which is normally used for electricity generation, can instead be used for a number of industrial purposes.
Numerous industries and industrial processes not only require but in fact rely on process steam: the food industry and textile industry, water treatment, metal and plastics treatment, pulp and paper manufacturing, the chemical and petrochemical industry – to name only few. They all rely on high-temperature steam for their production and operations.
The environmental impact of the conventional generation of process steam is considerable and the costs for fossil fuel-based generation substantial.