H2020 Projects News on Concentrated Solar Power – Issue #5

H2020 Projects News on Concentrated Solar Power – Issue #5

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H2020 Projects’ News on Concentrated Solar Power



The 5th Issue of H2020 Projects’ News on Concentrated Solar Power welcomes a new project, RAISELIFE. We are already 16 CSP projects sharing our latest news and results.

The European Commission brought together the consortia of H2020 projects dealing with concentrated solar power in two workshops held in 2016 and 2018, at the INEA premises in Brussels.

One of the outcomes of these workshops was the coordination of communication efforts by all projects, with the aim to share the most recent news from each project. As part of this exercise, the ‘H2020 Projects News on Concentrated Solar Power’ was created in May 2017 and includes updates from the European projects in the CSP sector currently co-funded by the European Commission.

Enjoy the reading!
H2020 CSP projects’ team

In this issue

Projects’ News

Upcoming events

Projects’ News

Projects’ official websites


Assembly of CAPTure prototype and alternative power plant layout 
In March 2019, CAPTure partner, IK4-TEKINIKER, has started working on  the assembly of the Capture prototype at Plataforma Solar de Almería. 
In this picture, colleagues from IK4-TEKNIKER, Saioa Herrero and Ivan Mesonero, at the prototype’s site (top of CRS tower); once they achieved one of the first milestones of the prototype building: the installation of the regenerative beds (ceramic MK20 porous blocks) and corresponding sensoring (temperature sensors at different height levels and depths) inside the regenerative vessels.

CAPTure project has also designed an alternative power plant layout that complements the first designed plant configuration. This plant configuration is based on a multi-tower decoupled advanced solar combined cycle approach that not only increases cycle efficiencies but also avoids frequent transients and inefficient partial loads, thus maximizing overall efficiency, reliability as well as dispatchability, all of which are important factors directly related to cost competitiveness on the power market.

The first and the alternative power plant layouts are available here

Application of new cooling technologies in food sector industry


The food sector is making ever increasing demands for cooling in production and product conservation processes. Such a situation represents a challenge to the industry, since higher energy consumption can lead to increased greenhouse gas emissions (CO2, SO2 and NOx), which in turn contribute to global warming of the atmosphere. The HYCOOL project was born from the need to cope with sector demands and to minimise their environmental impact. The aim of the project is to maximise the use of renewable energy sources in industrial cooling.

© images: HyCool Project

HYCOOL (Industrial Cooling through Hybrid system based on solar heat) is an innovative project co-financed by the European Union as part of the Horizon 2020, programme for validating an industrial cooling and steam generation system using high temperature solar panels.

Read more here 

Integrating INSHIP General Assembly and workshop on innovation and R&D strategies of SHIP in Europe 

The European Energy Transition is moving ahead at an accelerated pace.

Solar Heat For Industrial Process (SHIP) is increasingly part of the European agenda for industry decarbonisation, under which INSHIP operates.

INSHIP’s consortium picture during the General Assembly meeting in January 2019, in France 

The project had its annual GA in Chambery, France in January 2019.  During this event, an SSERR workshop also took place that aimed to advance the preparation of the dissemination and exploitation plan, and steer the project towards tangible exploitation results.

In the framework of the EU Industry Days 2019, INSHIP organized a workshop in Brussels on the 22nd of February to discuss the innovation and R&D strategies of SHIP in Europe. In the presence of policy makers, solar technologies industry and industrial end-users, two of the INSHIP deliverables mapping the R&D strategies for SHIP in Europe, and investigate the linkages of SHIP and innovation in 10 selected European countries were presented and discussed. A final version of these documents will be made public by June 2019.

Another important milestone coming up is the publication of the socio-economic impact scenarios of development of SHIP in Europe. In May 2019 the mid-term ECRIA review meeting will take place, followed by a coordination meeting in Évora, Portugal on the 3rd of July of the same year.

Results of MinWaterCSP – Minimized water consumption in CSP plants

The MinWaterCSP project was successfully completed in December 2018
A novel hybrid cooling system has been developed, which, together with an improved mirror cleaning system and a newly developed water management plan, ensures a water saving of over 85% – compared to only wet cooling systems. The results were partly integrated into the value-added processes of the individual project partners already and have achieved the goal of making solar thermal power plants operable and efficient even under adverse weather conditions. Existing plants benefit from the further developed cleaning technologies and the possibilities of holistic plant simulation.

  • Find out more about the MinWaterCSP results on our website and watch our project videos under NEWS.
  • Stay in contact with our partners! You will find their contact details on our website under TEAM  and PARTNERS.

MOSAIC EAB and M24 meeting

MOSAIC External Advisory Board and M24 meeting has been held in Prague at the Technology Center on 6th, 7th and 8th of November 2018.

First day was dedicated to the EAB meeting with other EAB Members Mr. Juan Ignacio Burgaleta (Independent consultant, ex SENER), Marcel Bias (ESTELA), Jesús Fernández (PSA-CIEMAT), Gilles Guigan (Auroville). EAB members had the chance to been updated on the project status and they provide excellent recommendations in person and through a

specific questionnaire. Second day was appointed to the technical WPs parallel sessions and the presentation to their solutions. Third day was dedicated to the prototype implementation, administrative, dissemination and exploitation activities.

MUSTEC Project Meeting and Policy Brief
MUSTEC 3rd Project Meeting
During the 3rd project meeting in November 2018, held in Madrid, MUSTEC partners had the chance to thoroughly discuss the findings so far, debate on the challenges faced and fine tune their upcoming activities and steps. All produced reports and scientific publications are available under the following link.

MUSTEC 1st Policy Brief
In December 2018, the 1st MUSTEC Policy Brief was published and circulated, on the Potential Obstacles to the Use of Cooperation Mechanisms for CSP in the Future.

Scientific publications

Flexible electricity dispatch for CSP plant using un-fired closed air Brayton cycle with particles based thermal energy storage system

This last paper of the Next-CSP project presents a novel power block concept for flexible electricity dispatch in a Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) plant.

The power block is based on intercooled-unfired regenerative closed air Brayton cycle that is connected to a pressurized solar air receiver. The Closed Brayton cycle uses a mass flow regulation system centered on the pressure regulation (auxiliary compressor and bleed valve) in order to control the Turbine Inlet Temperature (TIT). Doing so, the system is able to modulate turbine electricity production according to variations in the solar resource and changes in power electric demand.

Get access to the scientific publications here  

Completed the installation on site of the TES pilot
The scope of the ORC-PLUS Project is the extension of a CSP plant (located at Green Energy Park in Benguerir (Morocco)) using linear Fresnel collectors technology as solar field and an ORC turbine of a 1 MW. A 20 MWh thermal storage system shall be added to the plant in order to increase the full load hours and to allow the electricity production in the evening when there are demand peaks.

In the case under exam was selected a TES solution based on packed bed thermal oil/ magnetite pebbles. Next 30 March 2019 it will be completed the installation of the TES pilot on site. In the next 6 months, it will be performed  the  experimental characterization of the pilot TES system.

The moment of installation of the TES tank at IRESEN Green Energy Park research platform ORCPLUS GA 657690    

3rd project meeting The POLYPHEM 3rd project meeting took place in CEA premises in Grenoble beginning of April 2019. This project aims at developing a solar tower technology at small scale for decentralized power generation in remote areas and mini-grids.
This was the opportunity to visit the CEA laboratories and get a visual update of the construction of the POLYPHEM high temperature solar receiver mock-up using manifolds on its backside and air as coolant – Hot Isostatic Pressing manufacturing with copper and Nickel base alloys.

The next project meeting will take place in Bremen, Germany in September 2019. As part of the dissemination activities, we will organise a one day conference open to the public in general and related to the project and the importance of small-scall CSP plants.

Stay in touch at www.polyphem-project.eu

Raising the Lifetime of Functional Materials
for Concentrated Solar Power Technology

The RAISELIFE project focuses on the development of materials with increased lifetime and performance for CSP. Novel solutions of the following materials are being developed: 1) protective and anti-soiling coatings for glass reflectors, 2) thin-glass composite reflectors for heliostats, 3) high-temperature secondary reflectors, 4) absorber coatings for tubular solar tower receivers, 5) absorber coatings for non-evacuated line-focus collectors, 6) abrasion resistant anti-reflective coatings for glass envelope tubes, 7) corrosion resistant high-temperature metals and coatings for molten salt.

The testing activities involve outdoor exposure and accelerated testing in climate chambers and under concentrated solar radiation. Finally, a techno-economic analysis is conducted using system simulation tools. This has the aim to determine the economic benefit of the newly developed materials compared to the state of the art materials.
The second review meeting of the RAISELIFE project was held on 27th of March 2019 at CNRS in Odeillo. The participants visited the Solar Accelerated Aging Facility (SAAF), which is used within RAISELIFE to test receiver coatings of solar towers. Representatives of the companies CMI Group and Valspar attended the meeting as guests and advisors.

Read more here

Do you want to take part in one of the SHIP2FAIR’s pre-feasibility studies?

SHIP2FAIR is looking for interested plants or industrial sites, from the Agro-food sector or other sectors, to develop one of the 10 feasibility studies with focus on one of the tools that the project is creating: the Replication Tool.

The Replication Tool is a software to support the concept design of SHIP projects (projects integrating solar heat in industrial processes) and the development of techno-economic feasibility studies.

Industries taking part in one of the feasibility studies will receive advice about best design practices to make the installation of the solar thermal technology viable in their plant. The viability study is based on three levels: technical; economic; and a third level based on how to make use of solar heat to optimize the plant processes. Koning Metal, FECOAM, PATURPAT, AVICASA will take part in one of the studies.

Interested in participating in SHIP2FAIR’s feasibility studies?
Contact us via [email protected]

The SHIP2FAIR project involves fifteen institutions working to minimize the dependence from fossil fuels in most representative processes of the agro-food industry. On the 3rd April 2019, the consortium gathered in Graz, Austria to celebrate the annual General Assembly.

What is SHIP2FAIR? Watch the video!


Follow us on Twitter @SHIP2FAIR #SHIP2FAIR & Subscribe here to stay informed on SHIP2FAIR News.

2nd Meeting of the General Assembly of SOCRATCES
On December 2018 4th and 5th , the Polytechnic University of Torino organized the 2nd Meeting of the General Assembly of SOCRATCES.
This general assembly has been a very intense work meeting since it has achieved a fundamental phase of the project. Within this stage it has obtained very interesting results regarding the materials chosen for the prototype and its behaviour in energy storage, a crucial point for the development of the SOCRATCES prototype. More info here

Scientific publication: Solar treatment of cohesive particles in a directly irradiated rotary kiln

Although the utilization of concentrated solar power (CSP) for electricity production is already at commercial stage, the application to energy intensive industrial processes is still at an early stage. Among these, the cement industry is one of the biggest CO2-emitters and requires temperature levels achievable with concentrated solar radiation.

Since fine particles have to be treated in this process, several challenges arise from the implementation of solar energy in such applications. In this last publication of the SOLPART project, the DLR team presents the design and experimental assessment of a high temperature solar rotary kiln to perform the calcination of cement raw meal.

Get the last publication here here

SOLWATT project has been selected as the winner in the national phase of the Quality Innovation Award in the Potential Innovations category.

The jury highlighted that the project meets the five characteristics that were valued: novelty, usefulness, learning, customer orientation and effectiveness. The award was delivered on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at a ceremony held in the auditorium of CSIC, in Madrid, with the presence of several authorities.The National Association of Centers of Excellence-CEX has recognized eight Spanish

organizations in the national phase of the Quality Innovation Award, QIA, a competition created in 2007 by Excellence Finland to promote innovative projects in companies and organizations, share experiences and give local and international recognition to the best ones, with the ultimate goal of increasing the competitiveness of companies and the participating countries. The other organizations awarded in the other categories were Biocurve, AMADIX, the Royal Academy of History, the consortium of Teruel Airport, Ficosterra, Qualityfry and Textil Santanderina.

Demonstration event, 13 June 2019 in Móstoles Spain

The SUN-to-LIQUID system, first-of-its-kind fully integrated plant covering the entire process converting concentrated solar light into liquid fuel from COand water, is officially introduced to the public and to key stakeholders during a demonstration event taking place on 13 June 2019 at the plant site in Móstoles, Spain. The agenda foresees an introduction by key project partners, industry and policy makers, the public demonstration of the solar-thermochemical fuel facility as the main part of the event, and a final panel with key stakeholders to highlight the progress and perspectives of solar fuels’ market deployment.

H2020 SUN-to-LIQUID fuel plant at a glance
The SUN-to-LIQUID solar fuel plant integrates three major subsystems:

  1. A solar concentration system consisting of a high-flux ultra-modular heliostat field and tower,
  2. a solar-thermochemical reactor subsystem to produce a synthesis gas consisting of H2 and CO from COand H2O, and
  3. a Fischer-Tropsch gas-to-liquids system to synthesize liquid transportation fuels from the solar syngas.

Great success for the Workshop WASCOP Water Consumption Management in CSP Plants at SolarPaces 2018

WASCOP M36 and Second review meeting was held on 11th and 12th March 2019 at OMT premises located at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven (Netherlands).

First day it was dedicated to the preparation to all presentations for the official Review meeting and the GA meeting. The second day was dedicated to the official Review meeting with WASCOP Project officer Sebastien Mortier where Consortium presented the status of the project and the demonstration of the low cost and soling sensors prototypes. Thank you to OMT for the excellent meeting organisation and for the preparation of this successful meeting

Upcoming events

  • 13th June 2019: participate in SUN-to-LIQUID demonstration event & visit the solar fuel research plant at IMDEA, Móstoles. To register click here.

Projects’ official websites

To learn more about H2020 CSP Projects, please contact us through the official website of each project linked to the logos below:


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