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Competitive SolAr Power Towers – CAPTure

Objective

The main objective of this project is to significantly reduce costs of concentrated solar power, in order to pave the way for its deserved competitiveness on the power market. Specifically, the solar-to-electric conversion efficiency of the plant will be improved by increased receiver operating temperatures as well as an innovative power cycle configuration also providing advantages regarding plant operation. Additionally, improved control methodologies based on dynamic multi-aiming-point strategies for heliostats will further enhance efficiency. Besides the improvement of the plants efficiency and operation, also the construction and operational costs will be minimized via mass production of heliostats and smart heliostat calibration systems.
The global objective of this project is to increase plant efficiencies and reduce levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) by developing all relevant components that allow implementing an innovative plant configuration. This plant configuration is based on a multi-tower decoupled advanced solar combined cycle approach that not only increases cycle efficiencies but also avoids frequent transients and inefficient partial loads, thus maximizing overall efficiency, reliability as well as dispatchability, all of which are important factors directly related to cost competitiveness on the power market. The core topic of the project, the innovative solar receiver, will be an open volumetric receiver allowing operating temperatures beyond 1200 ºC, providing the absorbed solar heat to the pressurized air circuit of the Brayton cycle via a network of fixed bed regenerative heat exchangers working in alternating modes (non-pressurized heating period, pressurized cooling period).

Call for proposal

H2020-LCE-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

FUNDACION CENER
Address
Avenida Ciudad De La Innovacion 7
31621 Sarriguren
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 090 430,75

Participants (14)

FUNDACION TEKNIKER
Spain
EU contribution
€ 1 045 847,18
Address
Calle Inaki Goenaga 5
20600 Eibar Guipuzcoa
Activity type
Research Organisations
CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES ENERGETICAS, MEDIOAMBIENTALES Y TECNOLOGICAS-CIEMAT
Spain
EU contribution
€ 380 227,50
Address
Avenida Complutense 40
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 474 708
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
BLUEBOX ENERGY LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 714 584,80
Address
49 Anglesey Arms Rd Alverstoke
PO12 2DG Gosport
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 315 710
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
FCT INGENIEURKERAMIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 363 375
Address
Gewerbepark 11
96528 Effelder Rauenstein
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SOCIETE INDUSTRIELLE DE SONCEBOZ SA

Participation ended

Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Rue Rosselet-challandes 5
2605 Sonceboz Sombeval
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HAVER & BOECKER OHG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 115 929,70
Address
Carl-haver-platz 3
59302 Oelde
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TSK FLAGSOL ENGINEERING GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 907 800
Address
Anna-schneider-steig 10
50678 Koln
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
K CONTROLS LTD

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
2 Crown Way Crown Business Centre
UB7 8HZ West Drayton
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 253 895
Address
Avenue De Wagram 22
75008 Paris 08
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EUREC EESV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 149 150
Address
Place Du Champs De Mars 2
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
QUERDENKFABRIK AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Eisenbahnstrasse 5
3604 Thun
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CERA SYSTEM VERSCHLEIßSCHUTZ GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 292 375
Address
Heinrich Hertz Str. 2-4
07629 Hermsdorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)