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Solving Water Issues for CSP Plants

Objective

SOLWARIS targets to significantly reduce the water used by CSP plants (by 35% for wet cooled & by 90% for dry cooled). The project proposes to demonstrate the efficiency of innovations on solar field cleaning, power-block cooling, water recycling system, and plant operation strategy. Among these are solutions to reduce solar field water cleaning needs, an operation and maintenance optimizer software including soiling forecaster, a MEE water recovery technology running on otherwise dumped heat from the solar field, and a cooling concept for the turbine condenser storing excess heat when ambient is too warm, then releasing it during cool night times.
The solutions will be implemented at two CSP operational sites, “La Africana” parabolic trough plant in Spain and “Ashalim” central receiver plant in Israel, to demonstrate significant reduction in water use while making CSP more cost effective, and achieving near-to-market status. The solutions are best applied together, but each will also bring water and cost savings on its own, thanks to their ability to fit any kind of CSP plant; dry, wet, or hybrid cooled, existing or future ones, tailored to location and policy framework. Their application will save more than 0.5 M€/year of operational cost for a 50 MW CSP plant.
Regarding competition on water resources and humanitarian issues, the social acceptance of CSP will be increased by detailed analysis of case studies and education of local population to the benefits of solar energy.
The targeted savings of water and operation costs will increase CSP’s competitiveness compared to other renewable energy and the electricity market in general, as well as its acceptance within local communities, achieving a big step forward in the SET plan goals for CSP technology by 2020. The consortium, led by TSK Electrónica y Electricidad S.A. (Spain), is made up of 13 partners from 6 European countries plus Israel, including 5 industrials partners, 2 SMEs, 5 RTOs and one University.
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Coordinator

TSK ELECTRONICA Y ELECTRICIDAD SA

Address

Avenida Byron 220 Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico
33203 Gijon

Spain

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 1 357 418,13

Participants (13)

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COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 1 303 844,61

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 1 438 826,50

CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES ENERGETICAS, MEDIOAMBIENTALES Y TECNOLOGICAS-CIEMAT

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 1 108 645

CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 1 689 000

FUNDACION TEKNIKER

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 829 548,75

RIOGLASS SOLAR SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 289 701,13

INGENIERIA PARA EL DESARROLLO TECNOLOGICO SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 867 773,38

FENIKS CLEANING & SAFETY SOCIEDAD LIMITADA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 296 463,13

BARCELONA SUPERCOMPUTING CENTER - CENTRO NACIONAL DE SUPERCOMPUTACION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 304 022,50

BRIGHTSOURCE INDUSTRIES ISRAEL LTD

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 706 125

AMIRES SRO

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 175 000

RIOGLASS SOLAR SCH, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 270 610,38

BERTIN TECHNOLOGIES SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 175 525,01

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 792103

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2018

  • End date

    30 April 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 12 586 196,12

  • EU contribution

    € 10 812 503,52

Coordinated by:

TSK ELECTRONICA Y ELECTRICIDAD SA

Spain