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High Temperature Solar-Heated Reactors for Industrial Production of Reactive Particulates

High Temperature Solar-Heated Reactors for Industrial Production of Reactive Particulates

Objective

The main objective of the SOLPART project is to develop, at pilot scale, a high temperature (950°C) 24h/day solar process suitable for particle treatment in energy intensive industries (e.g. cement or lime industries). The project aims at supplying totally or partially the thermal energy requirement for CaCO3 calcination by high temperature solar heat thus reducing the life cycle environmental impacts of the process and increasing the attractiveness of renewable heating technologies in process industries.
This will be achieved by the demonstration of a pilot scale solar reactor suitable for calcium carbonate decomposition (Calcination reaction: CaCO3 = CaO + CO2) and to simulate at prototype scale a 24h/day industrial process (TRL 4-5) thereby requiring a high-temperature transport and storage system. The system will operate at 950°C and will include a 30 kWth solar reactor producing 30 kg/h CaO and a 16h hot CaO storage. Life cycle environmental impacts of the solar-based solution in comparison with standard processes will be developed as well as economic evaluation.
The project develops and merges three advanced technologies: high temperature solar reactor, transport of high-temperature solid materials and high temperature thermal storage. The synergy between these technologies lies in using the solar-treated particles as storage medium.
The development of a such innovative technology for continuous particle processed by concentrated solar energy at about 950°C is unique in the world. Thanks to the solar unit integration in the industrial process (potentially combined with CO2 capture), this should result in the considerable reduction of the carbon footprint of the CO2 emitter industries and open a new market for renewable energies.
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Coordinator

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

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Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris

France

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 078 392,50

Participants (9)

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CEMEX RESEARCH GROUP AG

Switzerland

DLR

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 1 039 763,75

ABENGOA RESEARCH SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 375 000

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 474 156,25

EUROPEAN POWDER AND PROCESS TECHNOLOGY BVBA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 202 500

COMESSA SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 720 750

EURONOVIA

France

EU Contribution

€ 207 500

NEW LIME DEVELOPMENT

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 120 000

UNIVERSITE CADI AYYAD

Morocco

EU Contribution

€ 148 500

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 654663

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2016

  • End date

    31 December 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.2.4.

H2020-EU.3.3.2.2.

H2020-EU.3.3.2.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 558 687,50

  • EU contribution

    € 4 366 562,50

Coordinated by:

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France