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Predictable Flexible Molten Salts Solar Power Plant

Objective

Predictability and flexibility are key enablers to increase CSP penetration in the energy mix by a) increasing dispatchability b) making CSP less/not reliant on subsidies c) supporting stable grid operation d) enabling operators to access new revenue streams (electricity trading, ancillary services). Today CSP plants with molten salt storage only partly achieve these objectives. Key enabling technologies to be demonstrated and introduced in the market are 1) design and operation of molten salt once-through steam generator – This will allow fully flexible plant operation; 2) design and implementation of integrated weather forecasting and dispatch optimization – This will allow optimal management of the energy storage to maximize revenues while respecting constraints/commitments (e.g. to the grid). Towards 1), an innovative design approach is proposed, integrating process and equipment design with dynamic simulation of the system. Proven technologies in separate fields (molten salt ; once-through steam generator ; optimum control) will be for the first time integrated and demonstrated. Towards 2), different approaches to DNI forecasting (direct; mesoscale models) will be integrated to extend geographical coverage and improve reliability. Dispatch optimization under conditions of uncertainty (weather forecast) and perturbations (e.g. grid support requests) will be developed. Furthermore, automatic plant performance characterization by machine learning will be implemented to ensure a real optimum is achieved. For succesfull market introduction, a down-scale pilot will be realized. Here, integrated operation of once-through steam generator, weather forecast and dispatch optimization will be demonstrated. CSP will undergo large growth in developing markets, where grid constraints and market liberalization will play a role. Developint these key-enabling technologies will put european industries in the position to compete at the forefront in the market worldwide.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/artificial intelligence/machine learning
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software/software development/software architecture
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

H2020-LCE-2014-2
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

ALSTOM POWER SYSTEMS
Address
204 Rond-point Du Pont De Sevres
92100 Boulogne-billancourt
France
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 1 220 699

Participants (14)

ALSTOM RENEWABLE (SCHWEIZ) AG

Participation ended

Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Brown Boveri Strasse 7
5401 Baden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 5 576 888
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
AKADEMIA GORNICZO-HUTNICZA IM. STANISLAWA STASZICA W KRAKOWIE
Poland
EU contribution
€ 303 250,95
Address
Al Adama Mickiewicza 30
30-059 Krakow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FUNDACION CENER
Spain
EU contribution
€ 568 625
Address
Avenida Ciudad De La Innovacion 7
31621 Sarriguren
Activity type
Research Organisations
AGENCIA ESTATAL DE METEOROLOGIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 455 625
Address
Calle Leonardo Prieto Castro 8
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
SOLARGIS SRO
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 152 162,50
Address
Milana Marecka 3
841 07 Bratislava
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EC SYSTEMS SPZOO

Participation ended

Poland
EU contribution
€ 4 842,92
Address
Ul. Lublanska 34
31 476 Krakow
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ESE ENGINEERING SERVICES FOR ENERGY SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 350 875
Address
Corso Magenta 85
20123 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 241 000
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
S.T.F. SALVATORE TRIFONE E FIGLI SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 3 700 593,75
Address
Via Robecco 20
20013 Magenta
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSIDADE DE EVORA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 1 095 625
Address
Largo Dos Colegiais 2
7000 803 Evora
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
Germany
EU contribution
€ 328 725
Address
Keplerstrasse 7
70174 Stuttgart
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GENERAL ELECTRIC (SWITZERLAND) GMBH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Brown Boveri Strasse 7
5401 Baden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AMC TECH SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 363 282,08
Address
Pilotow 2E
31-462 Krakow
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)