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Advanced materials solutions for next generation high efficiency concentrated solar power (CSP) tower systems

Objective

NEXTOWER shall introduce a set of innovative materials to boost the performance of atmospheric air-based concentrated solar power (CSP) systems to make them commercially viable. In particular, tower systems are appealing for the great environmental compatibility and offer tremendous potential for efficient (electrical and thermal) power generation. Yet, their industrial exploitation has been so far hindered by limitations in the materials used both for the central receiver - the core component - and for thermal storage. Such limitations dictate maximum working temperature and in-service overall durability (mainly driven by failure from thermal cycling and thermal shocks). Improving the efficiency of a tower system entails necessarily improving the central receiver upstream and possibly re-engineering the whole systems downstream to work longer and at much higher temperature, especially in the thermal storage compartment.

NEXTOWER will address this need by taking a comprehensive conceptual and manufacturing approach that will optimize bulk and joining materials for durability at the component level to achieve 25 years of maintenance-free continued service of the receiver and maximum thermodynamic efficiency at the system level. This is made possible through a unique combination of excellence in materials design and manufacturing, CSP full-scale testing facilities brought together in the Consortium, supporting the making of a full-size demo modules SOLEAD (tested in Spain and Italy) within the project. The successful achievement of a new generation of materials allowing for virtually maintenance free operations (limited to ceraminc parts) and increased working temperature shall result in the next-generation of air-coolant CSP highly competitive over other CSP alternatives and sustainable power supply options.

Call for proposal

H2020-NMBP-2016-2017

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Sub call

H2020-NMBP-2016-two-stage

Coordinator

AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE
Net EU contribution
€ 732 250,00
Address
Lungotevere Grande Ammiraglio Thaon Di Revel 76
00196 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (23)

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 227 562,50
Address
Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 225 760,00
Address
Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24
10129 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES ENERGETICAS, MEDIOAMBIENTALES Y TECNOLOGICAS-CIEMAT
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 307 285,63
Address
Avenida Complutense 40
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSIDAD DE BURGOS

Participation ended

Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Hospital Del Rey
09001 Burgos
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 18 473,56
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 147 998,75
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
South East (England) Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Oxfordshire
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 130 250,00
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
AKTIEBOLAGET SANDVIK MATERIALSTECHONOLOGY
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 320 613,13
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 137 405,62
Region
Norra Sverige Norra Mellansverige Gävleborgs län
BEWARRANT
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 76 292,62
Address
Avenue Henri Jaspar 113
1060 Bruxelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 32 696,84
Region
Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale/Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/ Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest
 
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

WARRANT HUB SPA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 81 644,88
SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Address
Corso Mazzini 11
42015 Correggio Re
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 34 990,66
CERTIMAC SOC. CONS. A R. L.
Italy
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€ 300 757,51
Address
Via Granarolo 62
48018 Faenza
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
Nord-Est Emilia-Romagna Ravenna
 
LIQTECH INTERNATIONAL A/S
Denmark
Net EU contribution
€ 244 946,63
SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Address
Industriparken 22C
2750 Ballerup
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 104 977,12
R2M SOLUTION SPAIN SL
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 249 896,50
SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Address
Calle Cervera 59 1D
28033 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 107 098,50
Region
Madrid Comunidad de Madrid
 
CONSORZIO PER LA RICERCA E LO SVILUPPO DELLE APPLICAZIONI INDUSTRIALI DEL LASER E DEL FASCIO ELETTRONICO E DELL'INGEGNERIA DI PROCESSO, MATERIALI, METODI E TECNOLOGIE DI PRODUZIONE
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 941 658,25
Address
Strada Statale 106 Km. 419+500 Centro Ricerche Enea Trisaia
75026 Rotondella Mt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

UNIVERSITA DELLA CALABRIA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 42 500,00
Address
Via Pietro Bucci 7/11/B
87036 Arcavacata Di Rende
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

S.R.S. Servizi di Ricerche e Sviluppo Societa a Responsabilita Limitata
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 166 362,00
SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Address
Vicolo Delle Palle 25-25/B
00186 Rome
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 71 298,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI SALERNO
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 42 500,00
Address
Via Giovanni Paolo Ii 132
84084 Fisciano Sa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

ISTITUTO ITALIANO DELLA SALDATURA ASSOCIAZIONE
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 68 150,00
Address
Lungobisagno Istria 15
16141 Genova
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
Nord-Ovest Liguria Genova
 
SIL'TRONIX SILICON TECHNOLOGIES
France
Net EU contribution
€ 100 012,50
SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Address
382 Rue Louis Rustin
74160 Archamps
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 42 862,50
Region
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Rhône-Alpes Haute-Savoie
 
GREENWAY GUNES SISTEMLERI ENERJI URETIM SANAYI VE TICARET ANONIM SIRKETI

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Turkey
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€ 28 211,92
Address
Resitpasa Mh Katar Cd Itu Ari6 Enerji T.kent N:2/4 109 Sariyer
34469 Istanbul
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 12 090,82
ENGICER SA
Switzerland
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Address
Viale Pereda 22
6828 Balerna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 545 050,00
Region
Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Ticino Ticino
 
ASOCIACION ESPANOLA DE NORMALIZACION
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 86 250,00
Address
Calle Genova 6
28004 Madrid
Activity type
Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
WALTER TOSTO SPA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 310 000,25
Address
Via Erasmo Piaggio 62
66100 Chieti
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 132 857,25
FUNDACION ICAMCYL
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 150 401,25
Address
Poligono Industrial El Bayo, 19
24412 Cubillos Del Sil Leon
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00