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

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 new full scale demo SOLEAD (in Turkey) within the project. The successful achievement of a new generation of materials allowing for virtually maintenance free operations 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.
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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

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EU Contribution

€ 732 250

Participants (18)

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KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 227 562,50

POLITECNICO DI TORINO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 225 760

CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES ENERGETICAS, MEDIOAMBIENTALES Y TECNOLOGICAS-CIEMAT

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 361 512,50

UNIVERSIDAD DE BURGOS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 18 473,56

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 147 998,75

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 130 250

AKTIEBOLAGET SANDVIK MATERIALSTECHONOLOGY

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 320 613,13

BEWARRANT

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 157 937,50

CERTIMAC SOC. CONS. A R. L.

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 291 008,75

LIQTECH INTERNATIONAL A/S

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 244 946,63

R2M SOLUTION SPAIN SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 194 853,75

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

€ 1 154 696,81

SIL'TRONIX SILICON TECHNOLOGIES

France

EU Contribution

€ 100 012,50

GREENWAY GUNES SISTEMLERI ENERJI URETIM SANAYI VE TICARET ANONIM SIRKETI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 145 250

ENGICER SA

Switzerland

ASOCIACION ESPANOLA DE NORMALIZACION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 86 250

WALTER TOSTO SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 310 000,25

FUNDACION ICAMCYL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 150 401,25

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 721045

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2017

  • End date

    31 December 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.3.

H2020-EU.2.1.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 247 674,62

  • EU contribution

    € 4 999 777,88

Coordinated by:

AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE

Italy