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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-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE
Address
Lungotevere Grande Ammiraglio Thaon Di Revel 76
000196 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 732 250

Participants (18)

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

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Hospital Del Rey
09001 Burgos
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 147 998,75
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 130 250
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AKTIEBOLAGET SANDVIK MATERIALSTECHONOLOGY
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 320 613,13
Address
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811 81 Sandviken
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BEWARRANT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 157 937,50
Address
Avenue Henri Jaspar 113
1060 Bruxelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CERTIMAC SOC. CONS. A R. L.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 300 757,51
Address
Via Granarolo 62
48018 Faenza
Activity type
Research Organisations
LIQTECH INTERNATIONAL A/S
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 244 946,63
Address
Industriparken 22C
2750 Ballerup
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
R2M SOLUTION SPAIN SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 249 896,50
Address
Calle Cervera 59 1D
28033 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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
EU contribution
€ 1 261 170,25
Address
Strada Statale 106 Km. 419+500 Centro Ricerche Enea Trisaia
75026 Rotondella Mt
Activity type
Research Organisations
SIL'TRONIX SILICON TECHNOLOGIES
France
EU contribution
€ 100 012,50
Address
382 Rue Louis Rustin
74160 Archamps
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GREENWAY GUNES SISTEMLERI ENERJI URETIM SANAYI VE TICARET ANONIM SIRKETI

Participation ended

Turkey
EU contribution
€ 28 211,92
Address
Resitpasa Mh Katar Cd Itu Ari6 Enerji T.kent N:2/4 109 Sariyer
34469 Istanbul
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ENGICER SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Viale Pereda 22
6828 Balerna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ASOCIACION ESPANOLA DE NORMALIZACION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 86 250
Address
Calle Genova 6
28004 Madrid
Activity type
Other
WALTER TOSTO SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 310 000,25
Address
Via Erasmo Piaggio 62
66100 Chieti
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FUNDACION ICAMCYL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 150 401,25
Address
Poligono Industrial El Bayo, 19
24412 Cubillos Del Sil Leon
Activity type
Research Organisations