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Efficient system to enable storage of high temperature solar heat energy

Objective

Heating and cooling account for 49% of world energy demand, this requires significant fuel sources to satisfy demand and attention has now become focussed on renewable sources such as wind, wave and solar. Currently there are problems associated with using solar heat for industrial processes. Chief among these is that the availability of heat is not synchronised with the demand for it, with the additional complication that solar availability undergoes natural fluctuations according to weather patterns. Until now there have been no technologies capable of storing heat at a temperature level that will be useful in an industrial setting, 100-200°C. Therefore we believe it is essential that a new method of heat storage technology is developed. This proposal contains details of the approach we will take to develop an automated system capable of storing solar heat, and heat recovered from processes, for use when required. Using novel materials for the reactor and a thermochemical process involving reaction pairs to provide the heat storage, we will develop and optimise a system that will be appropriate for use in industrial applications where heat between 100 to 200°C is required. The system, comprising a Fresnel concentrator, reactor, storage vessels and process control equipment, will be constructed in as simple format as possible to ensure that it can be easily installed and maintained at the site where heat is needed. With over 310,000 companies involved in the food and drink sector in Europe, 99.1% of these being SMEs, we have selected this as our primary target market. Energy use in this sector is high due to processes requiring steam or hot water such as cooking, evaporation, sterilisation, drying, space heating and baking. However, other sectors such as abattoirs, the pharmaceutical industry, paper and pulping and the chemical industry could also see significant reductions in process costs due to a lower use of fossil fuels associated with the SolChemStore system.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs
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Coordinator

SICO Technology GmbH
Address
Bleiberg-nötsch 176
9531 Bleiberg-kreuth
Austria
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 455 756
Administrative Contact
Walter Nadrag (Mr.)

Participants (6)

INDUSTRIAL ABWICKLUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 254 743
Address
Basler Strasse 115
79115 Freiburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christian Zahler (Mr.)
MALTHE WINJE AUTOMASJON AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 314 714
Address
Haukeliveien 48
1410 Kolbotn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rolf Martin Jahren (Mr.)
HERMANOS CUEVAS SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 154 709
Address
Carretera De Arnedo Lr 115 Km 1
26560 Autol
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
José Luis Ibáñez González (Mr.)
HECKMANN MASCHINENBAU UND VERFAHRENSTECHNIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 89 245
Address
Hespenweg 20
27313 Dorverden Hulsen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Henning Heckmann (Mr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 10 831
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)
TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUTT AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 11 102
Address
Kabelgaten 2
N-0580 Oslo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Asbjorn Rune Ousland (Mr.)