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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.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/solar energy
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/hydrology

Call for proposal

H2020-LCE-2017-RES-IA
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

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)

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 1 303 844,61
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 438 826,50
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES ENERGETICAS, MEDIOAMBIENTALES Y TECNOLOGICAS-CIEMAT
Spain
EU contribution
€ 1 108 645
Address
Avenida Complutense 40
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 689 000
Address
College Road
MK43 0AL Cranfield - Bedfordshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FUNDACION TEKNIKER
Spain
EU contribution
€ 829 548,75
Address
Calle Inaki Goenaga 5
20600 Eibar Guipuzcoa
Activity type
Research Organisations
RIOGLASS SOLAR SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 289 701,13
Address
Poligono Ind. Sovilla Sta. Cruz S/n
33612 Santa Cruz De Mieres Asturias
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INGENIERIA PARA EL DESARROLLO TECNOLOGICO SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 867 773,38
Address
Calle Ciudad De Elda 11 Pol Ind Del Jarro
46988 Paterna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FENIKS CLEANING & SAFETY SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 296 463,13
Address
Ctra El Coronil, Km 1
41600 Arahal Sevilla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BARCELONA SUPERCOMPUTING CENTER - CENTRO NACIONAL DE SUPERCOMPUTACION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 304 022,50
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
BRIGHTSOURCE INDUSTRIES ISRAEL LTD
Israel
EU contribution
€ 706 125
Address
Kiryat Mada 11, Amot Building, Har Hotzvim
91450 Jerusalem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AMIRES SRO
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 175 000
Address
Stavitelska 1099/6
160 00 Praha 6
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
RIOGLASS SOLAR SCH, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 270 610,38
Address
Ctra. Aznalcollar-gerena Km 1
41870 Aznalcollar - Sevilla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BERTIN TECHNOLOGIES SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 175 525,01
Address
Av Ampere, Parc Activ Pas Du Lac 10B
78180 Montigny Le Bretonneux
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)