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Advanced Materials technologies to QUADRUPLE the Concentrated Solar Thermal current POWER GENERATION

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Advanced materials and manufacturing processes for concentrated solar power systems

Photovoltaic technologies are an essential component of the renewable energy mix. For regions with limited sunlight, concentrated solar power (CSP) technologies can enable 24-hour continuous electricity production and heat generation in cogeneration plants. Widespread adoption will require reducing the levelised cost of electricity. The EU-funded IN-POWER project aims to make this possible with advanced materials and innovative manufacturing techniques for all three main components required of CSP: the solar field for solar-to-thermal conversion, the power block for thermal-to-electrical conversion, and a thermal storage system. This will augment the thermal energy output for electricity production, while significantly reducing the size of the thermal storage systems.


The benefits of high efficiency concentrated solar power (CSP) and photovoltaic (PV) are well known: environmental protection, economic growth, job creation, energy security. Those technologies can only be applied properly in regions with annual mean radiation values higher than 1750 kWh/m2 per year. CSP has advantages in front of PV: possible 24h continuous electricity production, electricity and heat generation, heat for distributed in cogeneration plants. Within CSP, four technologies have been currently developed: parabolic trough collector (PTC), tower solar power, Stirling/ dish collector and linear Fresnel collector with its advance type named compact linear Fresnel collector. In 2015, there is global 4GWe production (96% PTC), almost 3GWe are under construction. However for huge deployment, a reduction of Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE) is imperative for industry consolidation, when nowadays is around 0.16 – 0.22 €/KWh depending on the size plant, Direct Normal Irradiance and the legal framework of site installation. CSP main components: solar field for solar to thermal conversion, power block for thermal to electrical conversion, and thermal storage system are the key to reduce LCOE. IN-POWER project will develop High efficiency solar harvesting CSP architectures based on holistic materials and innovative manufacturing process to allow a Innovation effort mainly focus in advanced materials such as High Reflectance Tailored Shape light Free glass mirror, High working temperature absorber in Vacuum Free receiver, optimized Reduced Mass support structure allow upgrading current solar field. IN-POWER reduce environmental impact also by reducing THREE times standard thermal storage systems by novel thermal storage materials; and a amazing reduction FOUR TIMES the required land extension in comparison of current mature PTC power generation with the same thermal power output. IN-POWER solution will bring LCOE below 0.10 €/KWh beyond 2020.

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Net EU contribution
€ 784 121,96
08225 Terrassa

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Este Cataluña Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
Total cost
€ 784 121,96

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