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MinWaterCSP - Minimized water consumption in CSP plants

MinWaterCSP - Minimized water consumption in CSP plants

Objective

MinWaterCSP addresses the challenge of significantly reducing the water consumption of CSP plants while maintaining their overall efficiency. Its objective is to reduce evaporation losses and mirror cleaning water usage for small- and large-scale CSP plants through a holistic combination of next generation technologies in the fields of i) hybrid dry/wet cooling systems ii) wire structure heat transfer surfaces iii) axial flow fans iv) mirror cleaning techniques and v) optimized water management. MinWaterCSP will reduce water evaporation losses by 75 to 95% compared to wet cooling systems. It aims to increase the net efficiency of the steam Rankine cycle by 2%, or alternatively reduce the capital cost of a dry-cooling system by 25%, while maintaining cycle efficiency. To complement this, mirror cleaning water consumption will be reduced by 25% through an improved mirror cleaning process for parabolic trough collectors, the development of a cleaning robot for linear Fresnel collectors and a reduced number of cleaning cycles enabled by an enhanced monitoring of the reflectance of the mirrors. Also, comprehensive water management plans for CSP plants in various locations will be developed and combined with plant performance simulations to maximize the impact of the achieved design improvements in a complete system context. Zero liquid discharge and the option of making use of solar energy or low grade waste heat for water treatment will be considered. MinWaterCSP will improve the cost-competitiveness of CSP. This will make CSP more attractive for investment purposes and drives growth in the CSP plant business as well as job creation at European companies which provide technologically advanced CSP plant components. In addition, by making CSP technology more attractive MinWaterCSP contributes to solve the global climate challenge by reducing carbon-dioxide emissions and increasing energy generation from renewable resources.

Coordinator

KELVION HOLDING GMBH

Address

Dorstener Strasse 484
44809 Bochum

Germany

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 178 875

Participants (13)

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KELVION THERMAL SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 968 849,29

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 1 092 475

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 202 100

ECILIMP TERMOSOLAR SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 231 355,50

STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 650 050

NOTUS FAN ENGINEERING

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 270 675

LATERIZI GAMBETTOLA SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 475 481,25

ENEXIO GERMANY GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 788 641,25

INSTITUT DE RECHERCHES EN ENERGIE SOLAIRE ET ENERGIES NOUVELLES

Morocco

EU Contribution

€ 337 375

STEINBEIS INNOVATION GGMBH

Germany

WATERLEAU GROUP NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 230 625

STEINBEIS 2I GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 255 218,75

ENEXIO MANAGEMENT GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 179 650,71

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 654443

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2016

  • End date

    31 December 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.2.4.

H2020-EU.3.3.2.2.

H2020-EU.3.3.2.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 861 371,75

  • EU contribution

    € 5 861 371,75

Coordinated by:

KELVION HOLDING GMBH

Germany