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Enhanced Energy Production of Heat and Electricity by a combined Solar Thermionic-Thermoelectric Unit System

Objective

Concentrating solar systems are matter of relevant and constantly increasing interest of the energy market owing to the compact size, reduced request for components, capability to be multi-generative, potential high-efficiency and low-cost.
This project aims to design and realize innovative and scalable components for solar concentrating systems that generate both electricity and heat and work efficiently at high temperatures (800-1000°C).
The proposed concept includes the design, realization and testing of several new component technologies. A high-temperature receiver will be developed to provide the heat input to the converter unit. A new-concept conversion module will be developed for electrical and thermal energy production based on thermionic and thermoelectric direct converters, thermally combined in series to increase the efficiency (thermal-to-electrical efficiency estimated to 35%). A heat recovery system will be designed to collect waste heat (standard efficiency of 65%) and provide it as an additional energy product (co-generation). Innovative wirings for fluid and electricity transport will be designed, realized and tested. The benefit associated to a single hybrid cable, able to carry both relatively high-temperature fluids and electricity, will be characterized and demonstrated.
A small-scale prototype solar system will be realized to test and evaluate the real impact of the new components.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2009-1
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

Consorzio Roma Ricerche
Address
Via Giacomo Peroni 130
00131 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 137 552
Administrative Contact
Manuela Bistolfi (Mrs.)

Participants (7)

SHAP R&D SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 605 714,94
Address
Via Roma 33
71010 Rignano Garganico
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tulio Caselli (Mr.)
PRYSMIAN
Italy
EU contribution
€ 282 466
Address
Viale Sarca 222
20126 Milan
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stefania Giarola (Dr.)
TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY
Israel
EU contribution
€ 182 440
Address
Ramat Aviv
69978 Tel Aviv
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lea Pais (Ms.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 647 926
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Daniele Maria Trucchi (Dr.)
Maya Srl
San Marino
Address
Via Consiglio Dei Sessanta 99
Dogana
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Valerio Marchioni (Dr.)
TURKIYE BILIMSEL VE TEKNOLOJIK ARASTIRMA KURUMU
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 83 500
Address
Ataturk Bulvari 221
06100 Ankara
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Tevhit Cem Kaypmaz (Dr.)
SHAP SPA SOLAR HEAT AND POWER*
Italy
EU contribution
€ 38 125,06
Address
Via Attilio Gritti Snc
00131 Rome
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Claudia Scilletta (Dr.)