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Competitive SolAr Power Towers – CAPTure

Competitive SolAr Power Towers – CAPTure

Objective

The main objective of this project is to significantly reduce costs of concentrated solar power, in order to pave the way for its deserved competitiveness on the power market. Specifically, the solar-to-electric conversion efficiency of the plant will be improved by increased receiver operating temperatures as well as an innovative power cycle configuration also providing advantages regarding plant operation. Additionally, improved control methodologies based on dynamic multi-aiming-point strategies for heliostats will further enhance efficiency. Besides the improvement of the plants efficiency and operation, also the construction and operational costs will be minimized via mass production of heliostats and smart heliostat calibration systems.
The global objective of this project is to increase plant efficiencies and reduce levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) by developing all relevant components that allow implementing an innovative plant configuration. This plant configuration is based on a multi-tower decoupled advanced solar combined cycle approach that not only increases cycle efficiencies but also avoids frequent transients and inefficient partial loads, thus maximizing overall efficiency, reliability as well as dispatchability, all of which are important factors directly related to cost competitiveness on the power market. The core topic of the project, the innovative solar receiver, will be an open volumetric receiver allowing operating temperatures beyond 1200 ºC, providing the absorbed solar heat to the pressurized air circuit of the Brayton cycle via a network of fixed bed regenerative heat exchangers working in alternating modes (non-pressurized heating period, pressurized cooling period).
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Coordinator

FUNDACION CENER-CIEMAT

Address

Avenida Ciudad De La Innovacion 7
31621 Sarriguren

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 090 430,75

Participants (15)

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FUNDACION TEKNIKER

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 1 045 847,18

CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES ENERGETICAS, MEDIOAMBIENTALES Y TECNOLOGICAS-CIEMAT

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 380 227,50

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 474 708

BLUEBOX ENERGY LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 714 584,80

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 315 710

FCT INGENIEURKERAMIK GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 363 375

FCT HARTBEARBEITUNGS GMBH

Germany

SOCIETE INDUSTRIELLE DE SONCEBOZ SA

Switzerland

HAVER & BOECKER OHG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 115 929,70

TSK FLAGSOL ENGINEERING GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 907 800

K CONTROLS LTD

United Kingdom

ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 253 895

EUREC EESV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 149 150

QUERDENKFABRIK AG

Switzerland

CERA SYSTEM VERSCHLEIßSCHUTZ GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 292 375

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 640905

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2015

  • End date

    30 April 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.2.4.

H2020-EU.3.3.2.2.

H2020-EU.3.3.2.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 461 970,43

  • EU contribution

    € 6 104 032,93

Coordinated by:

FUNDACION CENER-CIEMAT

Spain