Concentrating solar power (CSP) plants use mirrors to concentrate the sun's energy to drive traditional steam turbines or engines that create electricity. The thermal energy concentrated in a CSP plant can be stored and used to produce electricity when it is needed, day or night.
The European Commission brought together the consortia of H2020 projects dealing with CSP funded by Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA).
Under this framework, the SOCRATCES consortium organizes the CSP Projects Joint Webinar that will take place on the 25th June 2021. Other projects related to concentrated solar power will participate in the webinar, such as MUSTEC, NEXTOWER and SFERA-III.
The aim of this webinar is to offer a place to share the experience of these projects on concentrated solar power and discuss the potential of Concentrated Solar Power Plants and its future within the Horizon Europe framework.
All of these projects have the following objectives in common:
- Enabling highly competitive and sustainable Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants.
- Improving the performance of small-scale CSP plants and their flexibility to generate power on demand.
- Identifying the barriers holding CSP back and limiting its expansion in Europe, in the context of the energy and climate targets of 2030 and beyond.
- Finding the drivers for CSP and the potential niches in which intra-European CSP trade can play an important role for the decarbonisation, stabilisation, and integration of the European power system.
- Proposing concrete policy solutions to overcome the identified obstacles and create the necessary enabling conditions for European CSP growth.
- Reinforcing the sustainability of the activities of the European advanced CSP research infrastructures through networking actions to develop cooperation between research infrastructures and stakeholders, transnational access to all European researchers to singular scientific and technological solar research infrastructures, promote joint research activities.
- Addressing the main market barriers for atmospheric air-based Tower CSP technologies through the development, of innovative materials solutions
- Fostering the integration of solar heat in industrial processes of the agro–food sector.
- Developing a prototype aimed at demonstrating the feasibility of the CSP-CaL integration that uses cheap, abundant, non-toxic materials and mature technologies, reducing the risks of scaling up the technology and solve challenges optimising the operating efficiencies that could be obtained.
Check out the full agenda of the webinar: https://bit.ly/2T06Jz1
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