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H2020 Projects' News on Concentrated Solar Power

The 6th Issue of H2020 Projects' News on Concentrated Solar Power welcomes a new project, Sfera-III. We are already 16 CSP projects sharing our latest news and results but in 2020 we plan to add the news of many more projects on Concentrated Solar Power!

  • SOLPART Final Info Day, 28-29 Nov. 2019, Toulouse & Font-Romeu, France. Read more.
  • WASCOP Final Conference, 13 Dec. 2019, in Almería, Spain. Read more.
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

CAPTure WORKSHOP at the European Utility Week & Powergen Europe 2019 
From the 12 to the 14 November 2019 CAPTure – Competitive Solar Power Towers project participated at the European Utility Week and Powergen Europe 2019 (EUW & PGE 2019).  
The consortium of CAPTure took this opportunity to organise a policy workshop on the morning of the 12th November, to exhibit at the EU Projects Zone of the exhibition area of the EUW & PGE 2019 from the 12 to the 14 November, and to
present the project results and challenges during the session on storage organised by Bridge, the initiative of the European Commission initiative which unites Horizon 2020 Smart Grid and Energy Storage Projects to create a structured view of cross-cutting issues which are encountered in the demonstration projects and may constitute an obstacle to innovation.

Read more & download the presentations here 

Photo credits: CAPTure - Policy workshop 2019 - Photo by Lourdes Laín ©EUREC 2019

Three insights on the development of the hybrid heat pump
The hybrid heat pump constitutes one of the core elements of the HyCool solution for solar cooling in industry and, therefore, its optimal design is crucial to achieving high performance of the overall system.
Since the very beginning of the project, the Fahrenheit team has been working on a prototype of the hybrid heat pump with the goal of obtaining highest efficiency while keeping the machine simple and reliable. In the early spring of 2019, the first prototype HyCool XHHP01 was ready for testing. The results of the tests performed by CNR have shown a very good performance of the prototype and have indicated a few areas, which still needed improvement. Currently, the Fahrenheit team is making use of the time left before the installation of the pilot sites to optimize the functionalities of the hybrid heat pump. Three members of the team explain to us the general concept of the hybrid heat pump, how they want to optimize the prototype, and what challenges are still ahead of them.
INSHIP's Annual Coordination Meeting in September 2019 in Trento, Italy 
Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK) hosted the meeting, which advanced pending issues of the project and discussed two recent important deliverables on R&D requirements and the advancement of the innovation agenda for SHIP in Europe, available on the CORDIS website here.
INSHIP's consortium and Piero de Bonis, Project Officer from the European Commission

The main conclusions of these two documents were presented, among others, in three national workshops that took place in Athens (July 2019), Paris (September 2019) and Madrid (October 2019).
These events were attached to important SHIP meetings for their respective countries in order to maximise their impact, while there are still five left to conduct in the INSHIP research countries until mid-2020.

In the winter 2019 edition of the European Energy Innovation Magazine, INSHIP will publish an article discussing the Key Exploitable Results (KERs) agreed in the summer of 2019. These are results closely tied to the technical work done in the project, and provide a gateway to the commercial viability of INSHIP beyond its scheduled conclusion.
MOSAIC at the SolarPaces2019 Conference
Also this year, MOSAIC Consortium presence was relevant in the SolarPaces 2019 conference in Daegu, South Korea. Dissemination Leader Fabrizio Perrotta was presence at the CSP H2020 Projects booth where the MOSAIC 3D Concept video were running. Furthermore, the oral presentation Design and Analysis of a Helical Receiver for Solar Bowl Systems was presented during the Emerging Concepts plenary session by Mattia Cagnoli (POLITO) and Coordinator Cristobal Villasante explained the MOSAIC concept to many interesting participants at the poster session. We are looking forward to share the final project results next year in SolarPaces2020!

Update on the Market Uptake of Solar Thermal Electricity through Cooperation Activities
MUSTEC 5th Project Meeting
Representatives from 9 European Institutes gathered in Athens, Greece, on the 6th and 7th of November, during the 5th Project Meeting, in order to discuss the progress achieved so far, discuss the findings and their interrelations, debate on the challenges faced and fine tune
their upcoming activities and steps. The MUSTEC partners had fruitful discussions and shared insights on the ongoing work.

MUSTEC was also represented in the Solar Paces Conference 2019 by Dr. Christoph Kiefer from CSIC and Prof. Johan Lilliestam from IASS Potsdam.

MUSTEC publications
Read more on the latest findings regarding the public acceptance of joint projects on RES, the political framework on future cooperation between member states for CSP deployment, as well as the updated policy pathways for energy transition in EU. Also, the 2nd MUSTEC Policy Brief is now available, describing and quantifying three different energy policy pathways for Spain’s energy transition. All MUSTEC publications, are available online.

Exhibition at POWERGEN Europe / European Utility Week
On 12-14 November 2019, Next-CSP participated in the European Utility Week & POWERGEN Europe fair, in Paris.

Next-CSP was identified and featured amongst 34 other H2020-funded projects in the “EU Projects Zone” co-organized by the European Commission. The projects were selected for their contribution to a successful and digitally-
supported energy transition. Discover the 34 EU projects presented during the event in the INEA brochure: The 2019 edition gathered more than 800 exhibiting companies and 18.000 participants.

More information here  

Final Info Day and Final Meeting - Get the latest brochure!
After 54 months, the H2020 ORC-Plus project came to an end on 31 October 2019. Therefore, the whole consortium gathered on 30 October 2019 in Ben Guerir, Morocco for the final meeting of the project. On this occasion, the ORC-Plus team created a final brochure which presents the main objectives, results and impacts of the project.

Download the final brochure here
For more information on the final infoday that took place on the 24th of September:   

The Polyphem history by KAEFER 

All you ever wanted to know about the origins of Polyphem and the motivation behind this H2020 CSP project told by our partner KAEFER (Germany). Read the full story here

POLYPHEM aims at improving the flexibility and the performance of small-scale Concentrated Solar Power plants, thanks to a solar-driven micro gas-turbine technology.
The project has been now running for more than 18 months and is undergoing its first mid-term review.

Stay tuned to get the review report of the latest results and achievements!

2nd and final Workshop
Raising the Lifetime of Functional Materials for Concentrated Solar Power Technology

A 1-day workshop on Thursday 28th of November 2019 at the Vallourec Research Center Germany (VRCG) in Düsseldorf, Germany The purpose of this workshop is to inform the attendees about the objectives achieved in the project and to present and discuss best practices on degradation monitoring, O&M and economic assessment of material degradation. For more information go to Lunch and refreshments are included. Participation is free of charge.
Launch of the 2nd Access Campaign – Free access to CSP research infrastructures
SFERA-III is a Research Infrastructures H2020 project which aims at providing access to European and non-European researchers from both academia and industry to world-class scientific and technological concentrated solar RIs.
The 2nd SFERA-III access campaign has been launched on 19 November 2019. This call for projects provides free access to state-of-art 13 research infrastructures and 47 installations in Concentrated Solar Thermal power in 8 countries.
The campaign offers access to a wide spectrum of experiments with more than 100 services in the field of CSP.

Deadline to submit your project: 31 January 2020.

More information is available here
SHIP2FAIR workshop on the integration of solar thermal energy to produce wine
On the 18th September 2019, SHIP2FAIR organised its first workshop in one of the installed demonstration sites of the project.

‘Bodegas RODA’ winery hosted this workshop on the integration of solar thermal energy to elaborate wine, in Haro, La Rioja, Spain. The program of the day included a technical session about the SHIP solution, based in the integration of solar heat in industrial processes to reduce the dependence of fossil fuels in a cost-effective way. Read the full article here.

Our first demonstration site is running! Below, the participants of the workshop during their tour at Bodeas RODA's facilities and solar-thermal demo-site
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Photo credits: SHIP2FAIR - Roda demo-site - Photo by Lourdes Laín ©EUREC 2019
SOCRATCES project was presented at
ECOS 2019

Various partners of the SOCRATCES project have attended the 32nd edition of the International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact on Energy Systems (ECOS 2019), which was held in Wroclaw (Poland) on June 23-28, 2019.

This is a well-established conference in the area of energy systems, with about 400 attendees from all over the world.
The SOCRATCES partners have presented various papers in parallel sessions dedicated to thermal storage and analysis of energy systems. A mini symposium on thermal and cryogenic energy storage has been also organized.

Further information is available on SOCRATCES website.

Final Info Day: 28-29 November 2019

On behalf of the H2020 SOLPART project team, we are pleased to announce the organisation of the SOLPART Final Info Day
This two-day final event will take place on Thursday 28 November 2019 (Toulouse) and site visits of the SOLPART pilot plant and Solar Facilities (Font-Romeu-Odeillo, France) on Friday 29 November 2019.

The SOLPART Info Day will present a panorama of the project’s main activities over the last 4 years and the project’s mains results and achievements in the field of solar calcination, such as: solar heat in industry, environmental benefits, scaling-up…

More information: here
SOLWATT BECAME SOLWARIS and was presented at SolarPaces 2019
SOLWATT became SOLWARIS because of the collision with the trademark of the company Solvay, the initial acronym of the project (SOLWATT) had to be changed. The new acronym of the project is SOLWARIS, which should be used from 30th September 2019 on for all purposes within the project. The scope and content of the project remains unchanged.

SOLWARIS project has been presented at Solar Paces 2019 conference that took place on October 1-4, 2019, in Daegu, South Korea.

The debate of the conference was mainly around technologies and ecomonical progress as well as the future of the CSP technologies. According to José Luis Martínez Dalmau, president of ESTELA, the strong decline of RES (renewable Energy Company) prices made the policy makers see the costs of the electrical system as the main driver for decarbonization, leaving a bit aside the political commitment to it. In terms of LCoE, RES including CSP, are already competitive against fossil power generation.

Read more here

Demonstration event was organised on June 13 in Móstoles, Spain and production of Solar fuel
SUN-TO-LIQUID DEMONSTRATION EVENT was organised on June 13, 2019 at IMDEA Energy Institute, Móstoles, Madrid, Spain

During the last 3.5 years, the SUN-to-LIQUID project established a unique research plant to demonstrate the thermochemical synthesis of liquid hydrocarbon fuels from water, carbon dioxide and high-flux solar radiation.
To showcase this achievement SUN-to-LIQUID Demonstration Event was organised at the solar fuel facility in Móstoles (Spain).

SUN-to-LIQUID partners proudly presented the research facility and introduced to the significance of the project’s innovations for science, industry and the society. A final panel discussion with key stakeholders further highlighted the progress and perspectives of solar fuels.

Production of Solar fuel

In November 2019, project completed the solar fuel production campaign by splitting CO2 and water at 1500ºC and produced solar fuel
For more information about

Watch the latest SUN-to-LIQUID project video
Read the SUN-TO-LIQUID project press release

Photo credits: SUN-to-LIQUID Solar thermochemical facility- Photo by Christophe Ramage ©ARTTIC 2019

Final conference, 13th December 2019, in Almería, Spain

We are pleased to invite you to the WASCOP Final Conference, organised in cooperation with EU H2020 SOLWARIS project
The final conference will be held at the CIEMAT-Plataforma solar de Almeria (PSA), in Spain. The event aims to present the results related to the cooling and cleaning solutions for Water Management for CSP Plants.
Conference is free of charge but registration is required: it can be done through the form in the WASCOP website: If places are available, registration can be made on the same day of the event. Programme is available here.

A discount rate for room is available at the Gran Hotel Almería – Ohtels (Address: Calle Reina Regente, 8, 04001 Almería, Spain).  Shuttle bus will pick up participants at 8:15 am at the Gran Hotel Almería – Ohtels.
Please do not hesitate to contact WASCOP project manager and dissemination leader Fabrizio Perrotta ( for further information.
Upcoming events
  • SOLPART Final Info Day, 28-29 November 2019, in Toulouse and Font-Romeu, France. Read more.
  • WASCOP final conference, 13 December 2019, in Almería, Spain. Read more.
  • INSHIP's next General Assembly, January 2020, in Évora, Portugal.
  • INSHIP's workshop, January 2020, on the Plan for Exploitation and Dissemination of Results (PEDR) of the project, delivered by the SSERR service of the European Commission.
  • SFERA III CSP free training course for industry, 30 March-3 April 2020, Optimization of CST plant output by optical and thermal characterization and target-oriented O&M. Read more.
  • POLYPHEM 1st workshop, 23 April 2020, in Aalborg, Denmark at Aalborg CSP headquarters. More information to come soon –
  • SHIP2FAIR's Stakeholders Workshop, spring 2020, Brussels, Belgium
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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