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Concentrated Solar Power in Particles

Objective

The CSP2 project puts forward an alternative heat transfer fluid (HTF) for concentrating solar power (CSP) plants. We propose to use dense gas-particle suspensions -DPS- (approximately 50% of solid) in tubes as HTF; these tubes set in a bundle constitute the solar absorber (receiver), placed at the top of a central receiver CSP system. This new HTF behaves like a liquid although it permits to extend working temperatures at temperature higher than 550°C; moreover, it may be used as an energy storage medium because of its good thermal capacity. It is composed of any particulate mineral standing high temperature, thus deeply reducing the environmental impact and addressing the safety concern in comparison with standard HTF. Finally, it can be easily produced in high quantities without any chemical process development.
Eight partners with complementary capabilities will work together in order to reach the project goals. They are 5 top-ranked public research organisations and universities and 3 private companies (including 2 SMEs), well established and specialized in electricity production from concentrated solar energy, high temperature gas-solid reactors, and solid handling, respectively.
In the frame of the project, a 100-150 kWth pilot loop will be designed, constructed and tested at the focus of the CNRS solar furnace in Odeillo, The main target for the innovative solar receiver is to deliver hot DSP in the temperature range 500°C-750°C for solid mass flow rate varying from 1 to 2 tons/h with a 70% thermal efficiency. Finally, the global system will be analyzed and scale-up will be proposed toward industrial CSP facilities (10-50 MWe). Economic assessment will allow comparing this new technology to the molten salt one.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/theoretical physics/particles
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/solar energy

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2011-1
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 638 206,01
Administrative Contact
Gilles Flamant (Dr.)

Participants (7)

UNIVERSITY OF SURREY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 326 392
Address
Stag Hill
GU2 7XH Guildford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maria Sega-Buhalis (Ms.)
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 208 000
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Aldo Steinfeld (Prof.)
Fundacion IMDEA Energia
Spain
EU contribution
€ 203 478,40
Address
Avenida Ramon De La Sagra 3
28935 Mostoles Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Nuria Merino Benito (Ms.)
COMESSA SA
France
EU contribution
€ 535 000
Address
Rue Du Rhin Napoleon 100
67100 Strasbourg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roland Cavaillé (Mr.)
TORRESOL ENERGY INVESTMENTS SA

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 125 467,83
Address
Avenida Zugazarte 61
48930 Getxo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Juan Ignacio Burgaleta (Mr.)
EUROPEAN POWDER AND PROCESS TECHNOLOGY BVBA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 139 900
Address
Park Tremeland 9
3120 Tremelo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jan Baeyens (Dr.)
TORRESOL ENERGY O&M SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 86 748,56
Address
Crta A 389 S/n
11580 San Jose Del Valle
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sonia De La Vega Gomez (Ms.)