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Distributed Monitoring of HTF Temperature at Solar Thermal Power Plants

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - DIMONTEMP (Distributed Monitoring of HTF Temperature at Solar Thermal Power Plants)

Reporting period: 2016-02-01 to 2016-07-31

Parabolic Trough Collectors (PTC) plants, which represent the 98% of the concentrated solar facilities installed today, is viewed as one of the main alternative to the problems regarding global warming and fossil fuels exhaustion.
However, cost competitiveness remains a crucial barrier to their deployment, being the maintenance and control of heat thermal fluid (HTF) temperature one of the main causes. Current control systems of HTF present lots of limitations, controlling few specific HTF pipe points and offering high uncertainty about the real state of the plant and the expensive HTF. This fact causes degradation of HTF and economical losses associated to long non-operational time of the plant.
The general objective of DIMONTEMP project is the commercialization of an innovative system for DISTRIBUTED MONITORING of HTF temperature through the entire solar field at PTC power plants, using optical fiber (FO) as sensorization element, allowing a reduction of HTF related O&M cost and an important increase of facilities availability.
During the last 6 months of Phase 1, DIAGNOSTIQA has been working in this Feasibility Study. The main tasks carried out during the project were:
• Development of the financial feasibility assessment.
• Study of the best commercial strategy in every target market; customers, competitors as well as the overall economic, political, cultural and technical environment was analysed.
• A detailed analysis of the regulatory standards to be matched by the new DIMONTEMP system in order to ensure that it complies with the national and European legislation of the first-stage targeted markets.
• IPR strategy definition for DIMONTEMP and also for future technology adaptations.
• Contingency plan.
• Technical feasibility plan, to determine reliability and competitiveness of the system and to identify limitations.
• A scalability study of the industrial production process.
After all the tasks carried out during the 6 months of the Phase 1 described previously, it can be concluded that launching DIMONTEMP to the market could be a very successful business for DIAGNÓSTIQA. Not only in the sector initially considered but also in others. In addition, the product will enable to reduce O&M costs of energy plants as well as process industries. The expected growth of the company after the current SME Instrument Phase 1 and the subsequent Phase 2 will be very important. DIAGNÓSTIQA should increase its net incomes and hence it foresees the creation of new employment.
Parabolic Trough Collectors (PTC) plants