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Framework of Innovation for Engineering of New Durable Solar Surfaces

Objective

Increasing the share of renewables in the European energy mix has a key function for the security of energy supply and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels. This proposal is entitled “Framework of Innovation for Engineering of New Durable Solar Surfaces”, (acronym FRIENDS2) and aims at achieving a European network for the transfer of knowledge to establish a shared culture of research and innovation which allows turning creative ideas in the field of surface engineering into innovative solutions for concentrating solar power (CSP) applications. FRIENDS2 will be led by one large European industry (Abengoa) who is a world leader in the development of CSP plants. The other FRIENDS2 participants are two well-recognized academic organizations (the University of Cranfield and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden - Rossendorf e.V.), and one SME (Metal Estalki). The purpose of FRIENDS2 is to strengthen the inter-sectoral capabilities in research and development of coating designs in order to improve the performance of CSP key components (reflectors, receivers and containers for heat storage) for high temperature applications. The methodology of this joint research proposal contains aspects of very high novelty. It includes computer modelling, multi-technique coating deposition, use of advanced characterization techniques, and the possibility of scaling-up new coating developments. Special attention is paid to the intersectoral transfer of knowledge and to the establishment of a long-lasting international network with global impact. It is worth noting that a substantial fraction of secondments (51%) will be carried out from the industrial to the academic sector. With the proposed approach, there will be an effective transfer of knowledge among the partners which will pave the road from fundamental research to applied innovation of surface engineering solutions for further CSP development.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2014
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Coordinator

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM DRESDEN-ROSSENDORF EV
Address
Bautzner Landstrasse 400
01328 Dresden
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 108 000

Participants (5)

ABENGOA RESEARCH SL

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 36 000
Address
Calle Energia Solar 1 - Campus Palmas Altas Sect Sunp Gu I Parcela Ze 3
41014 Sevilla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 112 500
Address
College Road
MK43 0AL Cranfield - Bedfordshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
METAL ESTALKI SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 18 000
Address
Carretera De Santo Domingo 4 Bis Nave 1
48160 Derio Bizkaia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NANO4ENERGY SLNE
Spain
EU contribution
€ 63 000
Address
Calle Pico De Los Artilleros 99 2B
28030 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PROFACTOR GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 9 000
Address
Im Stadtgut A2
4407 Steyr Gleink
Activity type
Other