THERMAL STORAGE & SOLAR FUELS
Water Saving for Solar Concentrated Power
The project focuses on developing and validating a flexible and adaptive integrated solution encompassing different innovative technologies and optimized strategies for both the cooling of the power-block and the cleaning of the solar field optical surfaces, in order to save water while maintaining the overall efficiency of CSP plants. http://wascop.eu/
CIEMAT explores the feasibility of using a latent thermal storage system which delays the day-time power exhaust heat to night time, when ambient conditions are much more favourable.
Technical Approach and Resources Used
The research team is engaged in
- Definition of potential PCMs.
- Design and integration of the storage system.
Project Results (including any commercial outcomes)
Optimization of cooling strategy with a storage system (different approaches for the storage system are under study); innovative cooling devices hybridized dry/wet cooling system and adiabatic versatile cooler; soiling barriers both external and by antisoiling or self-cleaning coatings; optimization of cleaning strategy and devices.
- Dr. Mª Esther Rojas
- Dr. Rocío Bayón
- Mario Biencinto