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Energy Storage for Direct Steam Solar Power Plants (DISTOR)

Objective

Solar thermal power plants represent today's most economic systems to generate electricity from solar insulation in them-range in regions like the Mediterranean area. By demonstrating the feasibility of direct steam generation in the absorber pipes European industry and research institutions have gained a leading position in this technology area. A key element foray successful market penetration is the availability of storage systems to reduce the dependence on the course of solarinsolation. The most important benefits result from -reduced internal costs due to increased efficiency and extended utilisation of the power block-facilitating the integration of a solar power plant into an electrical grid-adoption of electricity production to the demand thus increasing revenues Efficient storage systems for steam power plants demand transfer of energy during the charging/discharging process at constant temperatures. The DISTOR project focuses on the development of systems using phase change materials (PCM) as storage media. In order to accelerate the development, the DISTOR project is based on parallel research on three different storage concepts. These concepts include innovative aspects like encapsulated PCM, evaporation heat transfer and new design concepts. This parallel approach takes advantage of synergy effects and will enable the identification of the most promising storage concept. A consortium covering the various aspects of design and manufacturing has been formed from manufacturers, engineering companies and research institutions experienced in solar thermal power plants and PCM technology. The project will provide advanced storage material based on PCM for the temperature range of 200-300°C adapted to the needs of Direct Steam generation thus expanding Europe's strong position in solar thermal power plants.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-ENERGY-1
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT UND RAUMFAHRT E.V.
Address
Linder Hoehe
Koeln
Germany

Participants (12)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
Paris
EPSILON INGENIERIE S.A.S.
France
Address
California Voie 5
Labege
DEFI SYSTEMES
France
Address
94 Avenue Dr Fleming - Zi Saint Césaire
Nimes
SGL TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Germany
Address
Werner-von-siemens-strasse 18
Meitingen
FLAGSOL GMBH
Germany
Address
Muehlengasse 7
Koeln
CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES ENERGETICAS, MEDIOAMBIENTALES Y TECNOLOGICAS
Spain
Address
Avenida Complutense 22
Madrid
FUNDACION INASMET
Spain
Address
Mikeletegi Pasealekua 2, Teknologi Parkea
San Sebastian
SANLUCAR SOLAR SOLUCAR SA
Spain
Address
Avenida De La Buhaora, 2
Sevilla
SISTEMAS DE CALOR S.L.
Spain
Address
Poligono Industrial La Redonda Parcela 108
El Ejido
WEIZMANN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE
Israel
Address
Herzel Street 2
Rehovot
CENTRAL LABORATORY OF SOLAR ENERGY AND NEW ENERGY SOURCES - BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Bulgaria
Address
Tzarigradsko Shosse Blvd. 72
Sofia
IBERDROLA INGENIERIA Y CONSULTORIA S.A.
Spain
Address
Alameda De Urquijo 4
Bilbao