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Materials  Technologies for performance improvement of Cooling Systems in Power Plants

Materials Technologies for performance improvement of Cooling Systems in Power Plants

Objective

MATChING goal is the reduction of cooling water demand in the energy sector through innovative technological solutions, to be demonstrated in thermal and geothermal power plants. The project targets include an overall saving of water withdrawal of 30% in thermal power generation, and a decrease of evaporative losses up to 15% in geothermal sector. The use of advanced and nano-technology based materials will be leveraged to make economically affordable water saving in power plants and pave the way to the market uptake. All technological areas of plant cooling systems will be affected: cooling tower, steam condenser, cooling water circuit and water conditioning. The use of alternative cooling fluids will be investigated to develop advanced hybrid cooling towers for geothermal high temperature power plants, and hybrid cooled binary cycles for low temperature geothermal fields, combining dry/wet cooling, and closed loop groundwater cooling. To increase available effective water supply at reasonable costs, alternative water sources will be exploited: different membrane based technologies will be used to re-cycle or re-use municipal, process and blow down waters. To improve cooling equipment robustness advanced materials and coatings for cooling tower and condensers will be investigated, allowing increasing concentration cycles or directly using aggressive fluids. Demonstration will take place in partner-owned industrial sites, operating pilot plants in intended environment and/or in demo scale, guaranteeing the achievement of TRL 6 for all the technologies. The demonstration activities and the partnership composition ensures the validation of suitable business models and the finalization of business plans, guaranteeing the technological transfer from industry to market, increasing competitiveness at European level, and impacting on water use in power generation sector.
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Coordinator

ENEL PRODUZIONE SPA

Address

Viale Regina Margherita 125
00198 Roma

Italy

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 724 062,50

ENEL INGEGNERIA E RICERCA SPA

Address

Via Mantova 24
00198 Rome

Italy

Activity type

Other

Participants (17)

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BELGISCH LABORATORIUM VAN DE ELEKTRICITEITSINDUSTRIE LABORELEC CVBA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 594 498

ENDESA GENERACION SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 545 037,50

ENEL GREEN POWER

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 923 006,88

VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 1 791 900

DNV GL NETHERLANDS B.V.

Netherlands

KEMA NEDERLAND BV

Netherlands

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 771 000

ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 822 587,50

PATHEMA BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 132 664,88

ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION METALURGICA DEL NOROESTE

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 534 000

SPIG SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 1 316 000

TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUT

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 808 500

AQUASTILL BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 205 625

MATERIA NOVA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 235 388,75

INDUSTRIAS TECNICAS DE GALICIA SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 172 834,38

IONICS

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 50 750

SWECO NEDERLAND BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 78 558,38

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 686031

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 March 2016

  • End date

    31 August 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 11 847 291,75

  • EU contribution

    € 9 706 413,77

Coordinated by:

ENEL PRODUZIONE SPA

Italy