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High Temparature concentrated solar thermal power plan with particle receiver and direct thermal storage

High Temparature concentrated solar thermal power plan with particle receiver and direct thermal storage

Objective

According to the Integrated Roadmap of the Set-plan, and to reach the new EU target of 27% of renewable energies in 2030, there is the need to rapidly expand the use of all renewable energy sources in Europe to accelerate the fight against global climate change. This requires the acceleration of development of new options that are emerging today, particularly, technologies that solve the key issue of energy storage.
The next-CSP Project is a response to this need and addresses significant improvements in all three elements targeted by the LCE-07-2016 call related to concentrated solar power: heat transfer fluids, which can be used for direct thermal energy storage; the solar field; and high temperature receivers allowing for new cycles. The proposed fluidized particle-in-tube concept is a breakthrough innovation that opens the route to the development of a new generation of CSP plants allowing high efficiency new cycles (50% and more) and 20% improvement of CSP plant efficiency.
The Next-CSP technology that cumulates the know-how acquired during the CSP2 FP7 EU project on the particle-in-tube technology can be rapidly cost-competitive and introduced in the market. A cost reduction by 38% is expected with respect to current CSP electricity cost.
The project will demonstrate at industrial pilot scale (TRL5) the validity of the particle-in-tube concept atop the Themis facility solar tower. A 4-MWth tubular solar receiver able to heat particles up to 800°C will be constructed and tested as well as the rest of the loop: a two-tank particle heat storage and a particle-to-pressurized air heat exchanger coupled to a 1.2 MWel gas turbine.
A commercial scale power plant (150 MWel) will also be designed on the basis of experimental and simulation results and associated costs assessed. The consortium includes 6 companies that will lead the development of the first worldwide demonstration of this innovative technology and pave the way for future commercial exploitation.
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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

€ 1 361 072,50

Participants (9)

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ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 498 316,25

SBP SONNE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 207 800

Fundacion IMDEA Energia

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 199 791,25

COMESSA SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 307 062,50

WHITTAKER ENGINEERING (STONEHAVEN) LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 1 679 156,25

EUROPEAN POWDER AND PROCESS TECHNOLOGY BVBA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 172 437,50

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 157 058,75

INSTITUT NATIONAL POLYTECHNIQUE DE TOULOUSE

France

EU Contribution

€ 164 412,50

EURONOVIA

France

EU Contribution

€ 200 312,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 727762

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 October 2016

  • End date

    30 September 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 947 420

  • EU contribution

    € 4 947 420

Coordinated by:

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France