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Fibre Reinforced Composite Reflectors for Concentrated Solar Power Plants

Objective

The principle of concentrated solar power (CSP) is to reflect and focus solar energy collected from a wide area on to one point, using the thermal energy to produce steam or a hot liquid in order to transfer or store the energy.

For this proposal, the solar collector will be made of carbon fibre composite material. This can be designed to be stiff (maintaining its position) whilst being light weight. For a similar sized currently used heliostat CSP, the structure would be self supporting (Sandwich structure) the weight would be 627kg, giving a weight saving of 80% of the backed structure and 23% of the unreinforced glass collector.

This weight saving has benefits in terms of installation and transportation, but the main advantage of the weight saving is, the energy required to adjust the collector would be greatly reduced thus a reduced energy control system could move the collectors during service. With the metal components removed, corrosion resistance is greatly reduced.
An advantage of a carbon fibre structure is the low coefficient of thermal expansion. In the areas that will benefit most from a CSP, the arid conditions produce high temperature variations daily.

The technical goal of this project is to produce lightweight yet robust components for CSP
collector components. Materials and processes will be identified and exploited to optimise the product and issues preventing optimisation will be investigated and solved. This proposal will have several aspects of work. Design and production of a novel composite collector, producing an adequate reflective surface on the composite, ensuring composite supports for the reflective surface, protecting that surface, and evaluating the effectiveness of the product. Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) will be considered to deposit a highly reflective coating onto a composite that will need to be manufactured to a high accuracy (surface finish) and durability.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Coordinator

EPM TECHNOLOGY LTD
Address
Victoria Road 20
DE72 3PS Draycott
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 209 270
Administrative Contact
Graham Mulholland (Mr.)

Participants (7)

SOLARLITE GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 101 212,88
Address
Schloss Duckwitz 10
17179 Duckwitz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Catrin Gäde (Ms.)
AMBER COMPOSITES LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 219 543
Address
Station Road 94 Langley Mill
NG16 4BP Nottingham
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Jones (Mr.)
SURCOTEC SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 233 583
Address
Chemin Du Pont Du Centenaire 109A
1228 Plan Les Ouates
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dominique Pellaton (Mr.)
TWI LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 63 097
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lucy Parker (Ms.)
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 62 500
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Georg Böhm (Mr.)
CENTAR ZA PLAZMA TEHNOLOGII PLAZMA DOO
North Macedonia
EU contribution
€ 28 500
Address
Veljko Vlahovic 18 Mezanin
1000 Skopje
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mence Nasova (Ms.)
BOLUDA DIVISION INDUSTRIAL SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 186 294,12
Address
Calle Joiers, Vial A, Nave 9 17-19
08184 Palau Solita I Plegamans
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marta Mur (Ms.)