Issue #7  /  APRIL 2020                                 View this email in your browser
The 7th Issue of H2020 Projects' News on Concentrated Solar Power welcomes four new projects, HORIZON-STE, IN POWER, PEGASUS and NEXTOWER. In 2020, we plan to add the news of many more projects on Concentrated Solar Power!

  • SUN-to-LIQUID /The unique solar fuel research facility achieved a new record. Read more
  • Finalisation of the SOLPART project. Read more
Enjoy the reading!
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CAPTure Policies to boost CSP in the global energy mix 
CAPTure project’s partners EDF, in collaboration with EUREC, have prepared a collection of ‘Lessons learnt’ regarding policies to enhance the integration and deployment of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) in the global energy mix. 
Focus areas
The document features a series of short messages regarding public subsidies; global challenges, such as Europe’s low Direct Normal Irradiation (DNI) and European funding; private investors’ role; recommendations related to calls for tenders; and messages on hybridised fossil-fired power plants.

Read more & download CAPTure policies here 

CAPTure project activities suspended due to COVID-19
Due to preventive measures against COVID-19 CAPTure’s activities have been interrupted. The project is in its last phase: the consortium has been carried on testing activites since beginning of 2020. However, the current exceptional circumstances mean that continue with the testing activities becomes impossible and therefore the consortium has opted for a temporary suspension of the project. Stay informed via this website for future updates.

Meet the Pilot Sites: Givaudan
By maximising the use of renewable energy through its unique technology, HyCool aims to minimise greenhouses gas emissions.
Givaudan, which itself has a target of reducing absolute Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 30% between 2015 and 2030, is proud to host one of the project’s two pilot sites at its Sant Celoni plant. Givaudan spoke to Jorge Vilaseca, local Project Engineer, to get an update.

Photo / HyCool Pilot:
Givaudan’s Sant Celoni Site
Why did Givaudan decide to participate in this project?
The idea was to test HyCool in at least two industries using significant amounts of cooling in their processes and Givaudan offers a great profile to host one of the pilot sites as a representative of the chemical industry. Read more here 
Global Leadership in CSP: insights from a visit in Turkey & industry workshops 
With the support of our Turkish partner METU, HORIZON-STE project has successfully visited Tukey in January 2020 via direct contacts with high-level officials from TSO, Regulatory Authority and the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources. 
To learn about the preliminary takeaways from these meetings, please read more here.
A complete Country Report on Turkey will be prepared in the next months. Photo: Meeting with Mr. Can, Head of Department of Energy Efficiency and Environment / Advisor to the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources
On 26 February 2020, a dedicated workshop was organised by METU, in the framework of the ODAK2023 kick-off event, to showcase current research lines or project types which are possible with STE technology. ESTELA as project coordinator gave an introductory speech about the on-going work carried out. Read the news here

A complementary industry-focused event is expected to be held on 7-9 July within the framework of SolarEX in Istanbul. Meanwhile the project is looking into Denmark, Portugal and France and we will provide more insights in the next issue of HORIZON-STE's newsletter.
December issue available here 
Highly efficient Concentrated Solar Power materials 
The IN POWER project aims at developing highly efficient concentrated solar power architectures such as innovative material solutions to increase the efficiency while simultaneously decreasing the energy production cost. Concretely, the project develops glass free mirrors, lighter mirror structures using composite materials, new absorber materials to convert light into heat as well as better energy storage materials allowing electricity dispatch for 24 hours.
The project will validate these novel functional materials and new manufacturing processes will guarantee decrease in levelized costs of electricity below 0.10€ kWh beyond 2020.

Read more here 
INSHIP's General Assembly in January 2020, in Portugal
The INHSIP General Assembly (GA) meeting took place in the University of Évora, between the 21st and 23rd of January 2020. GA meetings aim to advance pending issues of the project, offer a platform for discussion amongst the project partners, and engage the networking partners in attendance.
This meeting also hosted a workshop on exploitation of results and the advancement of the Key Exploitable Results coming out of INSHIP, delivered by the SSERR service of the European Commission.

An update for the National Concept Notes was also agreed, due for the third week of March 2020.

The next Coordination Meeting will take place in Athens, Greece, in July 2020. This meeting will also host three representatives of the National Stakeholder Groups involved with the project. Their expertise and outside vision will be valuable for the final stretch of INSHIP, which concludes in December 2020.
MOSAIC prototype under construction
MOSAIC prototype is currently under construction in Sangüesa, Spain (CENER).

The foundation has been finalised and other parts of the prototype (mirrors and structure) are currently under construction. In the coming months, we will update the CSP community to the development of the MOSAIC prototype and concept, especially during the testing phase.

MUSTEC in EnInnov Conference and other activities
Franziska Schöniger from TU Wien represented MUSTEC at the EnInnov Conference, in Graz, Austria, on the 14th of February 2020, analysing the flexibility offered by solar thermal electricity and the role of CSP in the EU's future energy system.

Other activities
MUSTEC joined the 3rd H2020 CSP Workshop on the 26th of November, in INEA premises in Brussels.
  • The project published an assessment report of competitive dispatchable RES technologies that could be utilised for achieving high RES penetration scenarios. Read the report here 
  • The 3rd MUSTEC Policy Brief and respective report on Policies for CSP deployment by renewable energy cooperation in the EU. Brief and report delv into the extent to which CSP will benefit from new measures and instruments. Read the brief here and the report here
Assembly of the pilot solar loop at the top of the themis solar tower
The main objective of the Next-CSP project is to improve the reliability and performance of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants through the development and integration of a new technology based on the use of high temperature (800°C) particles as heat transfer fluid and storage medium. To achieve this objective, the project will demonstrate the technology in a relevant environment (TRL5) and at a significant size (4 MWth). 

During automn 2019, the Next-CSP solar loop has been complemented with new components beeing assembled within the overall pilot. 

A – Mounting of the solar receiver absorber tubes at Themis solar plant
B – On the picture, you can see the pilot loop beeing assembled.

From top to bottom :
1 – Receiver tubes outlet
2 – Hot storage-heat exchanger

On the right: Bucket elevator
More news here 

Optimized materials and new thermal energy storage concept for more performing solar power tower CSP systems
NEXTOWER project began in January 2017 with a question: is it possible to boost the performance of atmospheric air-based concentrated solar power systems (CSP) to make them commercially available? 
To overcome the current limitations in the materials used for a central receiver and the lack of efficient thermal energy storage solutions for very high temperature, NEXTOWER is working on novel functional and structural materials combinations for a liquid-lead thermal storage concept. Take a look at the full list of the results achieved so far here 

NEXTOWER Consortium Picture during the Project Technical Meeting in February 2020 at Walter Tosto premises in Chieti (Italy). © NEXTOWER Project

Renewable PowEr Generation by Solar PArticle Receiver Driven SUlphur Storage Cycle - In the final stretch!
In order to overcome the drawbacks of state-of-the art molten salt technology, a thermochemical storage cycle is investigated by the PEGASUS project to convert solar heat into chemical energy storing it as elemental sulphur leading to very higher storage densities.
Sulphur is one of the most important commodities of the chemical industry and can be easily, safely and cost-effectively stored, transported and combusted to produce high-temperature heat suitable for electricity generation using gas turbines.

Recently, the 36 month review was successfully completed and the project in its final phase will validate the operation of three novel prototypes:

1. Solar centrifugal particle receiver
2. Particle reactor for sulphuric acid splitting
3. Pressurised sulphur burner

The 18 months report on the advancements of the project

The power block considered in POLYPHEM is a combined cycle in the range 40 kW to 2000 kW
The purpose is to meet the variable demand of energy of a mini-grid. The baseline technology consists of an air Brayton cycle as top cycle and an Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) as bottom cycle. POLYPHEM broadens this technology by driving the top cycle with solar energy through the development of an advanced pressurized air solar receiver and by including an innovative thermal energy storage unit between both cycles.
The project has been now running for more than 18 months and has underwent its first review.

During this process, the first 18 months report has been published on the CORDIS website here

A public event was supposed to be organised in April 2020 but due to COVID-19, this had to be cancelled. The workshop will be postponed at a later date. Stay informed via the event page here

Raising the Lifetime of Functional Materials for Concentrated Solar Power Technology
On 28th November 2017, the Vallourec Deutschland GmbH in Dusseldorf (Germany) hosted a public workshop related to durability of materials for Concentrated Solar Power (CSP). The workshop was associated to the H2020 funded project “Raising the Lifetime of Functional Materials for CSP Technology, RAISELIFE”.

The results of the RAISELIFE project were presented to the audience during the four sessions discussed later in the afternoon during the coffee break:
1. Durability of solar reflectors for CSP,
2. Absorber coating durability
3. Durability issues related to Molten Salt
4. mpact of degradation on plant performance and economics

Read more here

Free access to run experiments in CST research infrastructures
The SFERA-III project addresses advanced science challenges and integrated research activities in the field of Concentrating Solar Thermal (CST) by integrating key European research infrastructures into an ambitious wide project aiming at offering to the R&D community a new level of high-quality services.

The trans-national access (TA) activity offers free access to state-of-the-art CST research infrastructures unique in Europe and for several of them in the world.
Both academia and industry users are targeted. These Research Infrastructures will be open to all European (and non-EU).

The next call will be launched in Septembre 2020, stay tuned to get the latest news on the call. More information here 

SHIP2FAIR meets the European Commission & the Martini & Rossi case
Conclusion of the first phase of the project / 2018-2019
In December 2019, SHIP2FAIR’s partners met Charles-André Lemarie, Project Officer at INEA – Innovation and Networks Executive Agency to discuss the results of the project since its launch in April 2018 and next steps. 

During this first period, SHIP2FAIR consortium has focused on the development of the main tools of the project, the Replication and the Control tools, and on the engineering of the first demo-site of the project at Bodegas Roda, in Spain (picture). It inlcudes a small solar field of vacuum/ evacuated tubes. Read more about RODA's demo-site here and about the next steps of the project here

To dig into the integration of solar heat in agro-food industry processes, have a look at SHIP2FAIR's latest publication / The Martini & Rossi case here
SOCRATCES & ‘Youth with Researchers SCIENCEIES Sevilla 2020’
SOCRATCES is one of the innovative projects that collaborates with the programme ‘Youth with Researchers SCIENCEIES Sevilla 2020’.
This programme involves 11 secondary schools in the province of Seville. The main objective is to show high school students what research is and how it is carried out.

Students have the opportunity to participate in projects led by renowned scientists, learn first-hand what the scientific method is, what research is, and seek their vocation and talent from an early age. Read more here.

Finalisation of the SOLPART project

After 4 years of collaborative research between 10 partners from 7 countries, SOLPART came to an end in December 2019.
On this occasion, the SOLPART team organised a public Final Info Day to promote not only the results of the project, but also the challenge and impact of Concentrated Solar Technologies for Particle Processing.

Interested? You can download all the presentations of the Info Day on the SOLPART Website here
Also, we published the final brochure of the project, which gathers all key elements about this innovative project:
  • objectives
  • results
  • impacts
  • key milestones and
  • achievements.
The brochure is available here 
SOLWARIS project concluded first developmental phase
First phase of the SOLWARIS project was concluded in the end of January by successful organization of official review meeting with the Project Officer.
Initial phase was devoted to the development and upscaling of individual SOLWARIS technologies. All prototypes are currently being manufactured and prepared for the installation in the testing sites – La Africana and Plataforma Solar de Almería – where extensive testing and validation will be performed during the last year of the project.

The unique solar fuel research facility achieved a new record
SUN-to-LIQUID project ended in December 2019. The unique solar fuel research facility achieved a new record of > 5% in solar-to-syngas energy conversion efficiency and a pioneering long-term routine operation on a daily basis of > 100 cycles.
Costs range from 1.5 (dark green) to 2.5 €/L (dark red) This map shows the production costs of solar thermochemical jet fuel in the MED region.

With the successful completion of the project, it is estimated that solar thermochemical fuels could reduce the greenhouse gas emissions by 80% at production costs of 1.2-2.0 €/L in the future.
The production potentials are very large and even single countries can cover the world demand. These results can be found in the recent publication - Geographical Potential of Solar Thermochemical Jet Fuel Production.
Upcoming events
  • NEXTOWER at EEEIC 20209-12th June 2020, Web conference
  • HORIZON-STE industry-focused event7-9th July 2020, Istanbul, Turkey
  • SHIP2FAIR & SOCRATCES at SDEWES 2020, September 2020, Brussels, Belgium
  • SOLAR THERMAL ENERGY CONFERENCE, 22nd October 2020, CEA premises, Grenoble, France
  • SP20 | Workshop on Renewable Heating and Cooling Solutions for buildings and industry / Ocotber 2020. 28-30th October 2020; Read more.
  • INSHIP National Workshop for R&D alignment of SHIP in Germany, Austria and Switzerland 
  • MUSTEC Policy workshop
  • SFERA III CSP free training course for industry,  Optimization of CST plant output by optical and thermal characterization and target-oriented O&M. Read more
  • POLYPHEM 1st workshop in Aalborg, Denmark at Aalborg CSP headquarters.Read more 
  • SOCRATCES & SCARABEUS projects' Networking session, University of Seville, Seville, Spain. Read more.
Projects' official websites
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. 

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