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Development and demonstration of intelligent non-contact inspection technology for concentrated solar power plants

Objective

Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) is the renewable energy source with the highest potential for growth. From a strict techno-economic aspect, the two CSP technologies which are currently commercially viable are those based on parabolic trough and Linear Fresnel Reflector designs. Parabolic trough concentrators are the most widely deployed type of solar thermal power plant. Most of the existing parabolic trough plants operate up to 400°C, but with recent technological advances the maximum operating temperature of newly commissioned plants can reach 550°C. Solar thermal power plants still face several technical problems related to the structural integrity and inspection of critical components such as the absorber tube and piping of the coolant system. It is currently impossible to inspect the absorber tube as it is located inside a glass envelope under vacuum. Moreover a significant proportion of the coolant system is insulated to minimise heat losses and therefore it cannot be inspected unless the insulation has been removed beforehand. One of the highest priorities for the European solar thermal energy industry is the significant improvement of the structural reliability of critical components of CSP plants. This should involve a solid reduction in inspection and maintenance costs mainly associated with unpredicted failures and leaks.
INTERSOLAR seeks to decrease by a noticeable margin the number of failures associated with the coolant system and absorber tubes of CSP plants resulting in the minimisation of corrective maintenance costs. The consortium members of the project will achieve this through the development and successful implementation of an intelligent guided waves inspection platform based on the use of preferably non-contact Electromagnetic Acoustic Transducer Sensors (EMATs).

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

COMPUTERISED INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY LTD
Address
Centurion Court 4 5 Brick Close Kiln Farm
MK11 3JB Milton Keynes
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 358 423,27
Administrative Contact
Jayshree Sood (Mrs.)

Participants (8)

P.S.P.-PROFESSIONAL SERVICE PARTNERS SA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 219 514,15
Address
Lambrou Katsoni Street 65 Averof
13561 Agioi Anargyroi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Fragiskos Kritikos (Mr.)
TECHNOLOGY ASSISTANCE BCNA 2010 SL

Participation ended

Spain
Address
Calle Riera De Tena 9 Planta Local
08014 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ramon Borras (Mr.)
APPLIED INSPECTION LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 206 087,47
Address
Old Colliery Lane Heath Road Holmewood
S42 5RB Chesterfield
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
James Bailey (Mr.)
INGETEAM SERVICE SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 23 645
Address
Pg Pg. Indust. Campollano 1
02007 Albacete
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jose Enrique Camacho Cuesta (Mr.)
BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 31 860
Address
Kingston Lane
UB8 3PH Uxbridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Teresa Waller (Ms.)
ENGITEC LIMITED
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 33 217,79
Address
Arch Makarios Iii Avenue 155
3026 Lemesos
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Louis Constantinou (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE CASTILLA - LA MANCHA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 20 275,01
Address
Calle Altagracia 50
13071 Ciudad Real
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maria Llanos Carrion Varela (Ms.)
VISKAM GORUNTU ANALIZ VE OTOMASYON SISTEMLERI SANAYI VE TICARET LIMITED SIRKETI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 169 977,31
Address
Esentepe Mah. Okul Cad. Aksel Yilmaz Sit A Block K 5 D 9
16110 Nilufer Bursa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
şemsettİn Tuğrul Karasarlioğlu (Mr.)