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The development and verification of a novel modular air cooled condenser for enhanced concentrated solar power generation

Objective

This project will develop and verify a novel modular air cooled condenser (MACC) for concentrated solar power (CSP) plants. This technology will enable CSP plants to increase net power output, and reduce costs compared to existing dry cooled plants. Conventional dry cooling is unresponsive to changes in ambient conditions. However, the MACC will incorporate sensors which detect changes in temperature, ambient wind, and fan flow rate, and control algorithms, which will communicate with these sensors to continuously vary fan speed. The MACC will therefore maintain optimum condenser pressure and temperature irrespective of ambient conditions. As a result, turbine outlet conditions will always be optimised, thus maximising power output and reducing operating costs. Also, because the MACC is modular, installation and maintenance costs will be significantly reduced.

The project will first optimise and characterise the performance at module level. Fan control algorithms will be developed and interfaced with temperature and flow sensors which will be developed. At system level, module layouts will be investigated to assess the possibility of harnessing the wind to assist fan operation. Both system and module level development will involve numerical simulation, analytical modelling, physical scale modelling, and measurements on full scale prototypes. The effects of all design options will be assessed using thermodynamic models. Techno-economic modelling will assess the life time cost implications of various design options. To prove the merits of the MACC, full scale testing in an operational CSP plant will be performed. The main outputs of the project will be patented MACC designs, an industrial scale prototype, and dissemination of project activities to ensure a lasting project legacy.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2010-1
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK
Address
National Technological Park, Plassey
- Limerick
Ireland

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ronan Grimes (Dr.)
EU contribution
€ 1 169 527

Participants (8)

R & R MECHANICAL LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 1 222 436
Address
Millennium House, Main Street
Tullamore

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrick Cassidy (Mr.)
TORRESOL ENERGY INVESTMENTS SA

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Spain
EU contribution
€ 368 195,29
Address
Avenida Zugazarte 61
48930 Getxo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Juan Ignacio Burgaleta (Mr.)
AUBREN LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 211 500
Address
Portlaoise Business Park Mounteath Road Na
Portlaoise

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Aubrey Nuzum (Mr.)
FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN-NUERNBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 541 696
Address
Schlossplatz 4
91054 Erlangen

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ulrike Herrmann (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PERUGIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 306 496
Address
Piazza Dell Universita 1
06123 Perugia

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Francesco Asdrubali (Prof.)
ARCHI ILEKTRISMOU KYPROU
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 205 651
Address
Foti Pitta 15
1399 Lefkosia

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Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andreas Ioannides (Mr.)
VAST SOLAR PTY LTD
Australia
Address
Bridge Street Level 8 17-19
2000 Sydney Nsw

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Brian Menzies (Mr.)
TORRESOL ENERGY O&M SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 63 044,71
Address
Crta A 389 S/n
11580 San Jose Del Valle

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sonia De La Vega (Ms.)