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Development of a modular, all-POLYmer SOLar thermal collector for domestic hot water preparation and space heating

Objective

By 2020, the EC aim to increase our overall renewable energy capacity from 8.5% to 20% as a proportion of Europe’s total energy demand. Considering that domestic heating and hot water provision accounts for nearly 40% of total energy demand it is clearly desirable to increase market penetration of renewable heating systems. On a domestic scale solar thermal systems are increasingly common and are, to the general public, the most visible renewable energy technology. Moreover, compared to biomass they have distinct user benefits when it comes to domestic heating or hot water provision as they do not need physical feedstock. However, despite significant market growth their market penetration only accounts for 0.05% of our total energy consumption. This is mainly due to the high initial investment required which is a function of equipment and installation costs. Conventional collectors rely on high value materials such as copper and aluminium, which are essential to achieve acceptable performance. However, these materials are also relatively expensive and it is unlikely that component costs will decrease in the future. Moreover, supply of these materials is limited and not large enough to cope with expected increases in demand. Alternative materials such as polymers have been investigated and can theoretically offer significant cost savings due to potential weight reductions, mass production techniques and increased freedom of functional design. However, they are generally not suitable for domestic type solar thermal installations. This is mainly due to their low heat deflection temperature and thermal conductivity. In PolySol we aim to develop a novel polymeric collector that can substitute a metallic solar thermal collector for domestic heating and hot water applications. As a result cost savings of at least 25% can be achieved which will greatly enhance the appeal of solar thermal energy to the public and will reduce overall reliance on government incentives.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2010-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

Energias Renovables Aplicadas, s.l.
Address
Calle Toledo 20 Piso 6 Puerta C
13001 Ciudad Real
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 279 926,85
Administrative Contact
Eduardo Morillas López (Mr.)

Participants (10)

SOLAR TJUBS DOOEL PRILEP

Participation ended

North Macedonia
EU contribution
€ 7 607,51
Address
Ul Lece Koteski Br Bb
7500 Prilep
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tracje Leov (Mr.)
PLASTICOS ALAI SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 300 997,45
Address
Bo Ventas Cr Oyarzun
20300 Irun Guipuzcoa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Iñigo Intxausti (Mr.)
CLIP TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 343 127,45
Address
4Th Floor,spital Square 36
E1 6DY London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paul James Commerford (Mr.)
CENTAR ZA PLAZMA TEHNOLOGII PLAZMA DOO
North Macedonia
EU contribution
€ 3 240
Address
Veljko Vlahovic 18 Mezanin
1000 Skopje
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ilija Nasov (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
Germany
EU contribution
€ 6 400
Address
Keplerstrasse 7
70174 Stuttgart
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Harald Drueck (Dr.)
THE UK MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 8 365
Address
Middle Aston House
OX25 5PT Middle Aston
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paul Tranter (Mr.)
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 5 029
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ane Irazustabarrena (Ms.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Michael Koehl (Mr.)
COMPANY FOR PRODUCTION, TRADE AND ENGINEERING OF SOLAR COLLECTORS AND SOLAR SYSTEMS KAMEL SOLAR LTD. SKOPJE
North Macedonia
EU contribution
€ 138 896,29
Address
Str Kacanicki Pat Bb
1000 Skopje
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vladko Ristov (Mr.)
EZINC METAL SANAYI VE TICARET AS
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 21 917,20
Address
Organize Sanayi Bolgesi 23 Cadde 31
38070 Melikgazi Kayseri
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kutay Ulke (Mr.)