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MinWaterCSP - Minimized water consumption in CSP plants

Objective

MinWaterCSP addresses the challenge of significantly reducing the water consumption of CSP plants while maintaining their overall efficiency. Its objective is to reduce evaporation losses and mirror cleaning water usage for small- and large-scale CSP plants through a holistic combination of next generation technologies in the fields of i) hybrid dry/wet cooling systems ii) wire structure heat transfer surfaces iii) axial flow fans iv) mirror cleaning techniques and v) optimized water management. MinWaterCSP will reduce water evaporation losses by 75 to 95% compared to wet cooling systems. It aims to increase the net efficiency of the steam Rankine cycle by 2%, or alternatively reduce the capital cost of a dry-cooling system by 25%, while maintaining cycle efficiency. To complement this, mirror cleaning water consumption will be reduced by 25% through an improved mirror cleaning process for parabolic trough collectors, the development of a cleaning robot for linear Fresnel collectors and a reduced number of cleaning cycles enabled by an enhanced monitoring of the reflectance of the mirrors. Also, comprehensive water management plans for CSP plants in various locations will be developed and combined with plant performance simulations to maximize the impact of the achieved design improvements in a complete system context. Zero liquid discharge and the option of making use of solar energy or low grade waste heat for water treatment will be considered. MinWaterCSP will improve the cost-competitiveness of CSP. This will make CSP more attractive for investment purposes and drives growth in the CSP plant business as well as job creation at European companies which provide technologically advanced CSP plant components. In addition, by making CSP technology more attractive MinWaterCSP contributes to solve the global climate challenge by reducing carbon-dioxide emissions and increasing energy generation from renewable resources.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/natural resource management/water management
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/solar energy
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software/application software/simulation software

Call for proposal

H2020-LCE-2015-1-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

KELVION HOLDING GMBH
Address
Meesmannstrasse 103
44807 Bochum
Germany
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 178 875

Participants (13)

KELVION THERMAL SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 1 012 927,29
Address
Aberdein Street Roodekop
1401 Germiston
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 092 475
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 202 100
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ECILIMP TERMOSOLAR SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 231 355,50
Address
Ctra Nacional Iv Km 452
41400 Ecija Sevilla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 698 050,73
Address
Victoria Street Administration B Building
7600 Stellenbosch
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NOTUS FAN ENGINEERING
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 270 675
Address
44 Saffraan Avenue
7613 Stellenbosch
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SOLTIGUA SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 475 481,25
Address
Via Roma 54
47035 Gambettola
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ENEXIO GERMANY GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 696 562,50
Address
Dorstener Strasse 484
44809 Bochum
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INSTITUT DE RECHERCHES EN ENERGIE SOLAIRE ET ENERGIES NOUVELLES
Morocco
EU contribution
€ 337 375
Address
Rue Abou Marouane Essaadi - Quartier Administratif - Rabat Instituts
10100 Rabat
Activity type
Research Organisations
STEINBEIS INNOVATION GGMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Willi Bleicher Strasse 19
70174 Stuttgart
Activity type
Research Organisations
WATERLEAU GROUP NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 230 625
Address
Nieuwstraat 26
3150 Wespelaar
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STEINBEIS 2I GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 255 218,75
Address
Kienestrasse 35
70174 Stuttgart
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ENEXIO MANAGEMENT GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 179 650,73
Address
Dorstener Strasse 18-29
44651 Herne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)