International conference hosted by the Horizon 2020 project MinWaterCSP, Marrakech, Morocco, 24th – 25th April 2018


Join us for a unique opportunity to learn about the latest developments to minimize water consumption in CSP plants. Increase your own network by getting in touch with stakeholders from the water treatment and CSP sector.

The consortium of the H2020 funded project MinWaterCSP is pleased to announce its first International Conference taking place in Marrakech, Morocco from 24th to 25th April 2018.

The topic of this event will be Reduction of water consumption in CSP plants with a special focus on new approaches in mirror cleaning, cooling system solutions and overall plant performance simulations.

The two-day conference will give valuable insights into innovative solutions for mirror cleaning and anti-soiling, cooling systems, axial flow fan development, simulation-based analysis of water consumption and water management strategies. In addition, participants will get the exclusive opportunity to visit the demo-site at Green Energy Park in Ben Guerir.

The aim of this conference is to present and discuss new technological solutions to minimize water consumption in CSP plants as well as to create networking opportunities.

The event is targeted at stakeholders from power utilities, power plant operators, technology suppliers, research institutes and academia that are working in the fields of concentrated solar power. Further stakeholders for mirror cleaning, cooling processes or similar, any users of those technologies, policy makers and investors interested in the topics are also invited to participate.

The conference addresses the challenge of significantly reducing the water consumption of CSP plants while maintaining the overall cycle efficiency. The approaches of reducing evaporation losses and mirror cleaning water consumption in small- and large-scale CSP plants through a holistic combination of next generation technologies will be the focus in different presentation sessions.

  • Cleaning Activities and Cleaning Systems for Heliostats and Parabolic Troughs
    The session gives insights into advances and the current state of development in cleaning systems within the MinWaterCSP project. A special focus is placed on the on-site tests performed and the main results.
  • Innovative developments for air cooled condensers and cooling towers
    This session addresses innovations for cooling systems with compact heat exchanger concepts for air side heat transfer enhancement, the integration of deluge cooling into conventional air-cooled condensing systems, and a fundamental study on fouling experienced during deluge cooling.
  • Axial Flow Fan Development in the MinWaterCSP project
    This session addresses the axial flow fan development in MinWaterCSP with a special focus on the development process of large diameter fans, innovative fan drive aspects, fan noise and manufacturing.
  • Simulation-based analysis of water consumption in CSP plants
    This session deals with the simulation of water consumption during cooling and mirror cleaning as well as the evaluation of the water saving technologies. In addition, it illustrates the impact of the advanced methodologies on the annual performance of CSP plants.
  • Availability, sources and managing strategies of water
    In this session, methods of assessing water availability are presented. Experiences with different water sources and with multi-source operation are shown. Efforts in the direction of a zero-liquid discharge operation, experiences with evaporation ponds and zero-blowdown cooling system operation are introduced.
  • Measurement and analysis of soiling and its impact on degradation
    The session is about the characterization and prediction of soiling and focuses mainly on the topics measurement and site assessment, degradation due to soiling and anti-soiling methods.

On the second day, a panel with best practice exchange of different H2020 projects towards water consumption reduction in CSP will be organized.
In this panel, industry partners from different CSP projects funded under the EU Horizon 2020 framework program present and discuss about their best practices with a special focus on different aspects of water saving in CSP plants.

The conference will close after a site visit at Green Energy Park in the afternoon, where participants can get insights into the demonstration of some of the project results.


Conference organisation:
Mr. Mouhcine Benmeziane
Mr. El Ghali Bennouna

MinWaterCSP Communication and Dissemination Team
Ms. Charlotte Schlicke and Ms. Kathrin Eckerlin

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Registration, programme and further information about the event:

Author: Kathrin Eckerlin, Steinbeis 2i GmbH, Germany

About Steinbeis 2i GmbH

Steinbeis 2i is committed to working in the areas of innovation and internationalisation, building on over 25-years of experience of Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum. The core activities of the Steinbeis 2i are to assist organizations to participate in European R&D projects, to support the management of international research projects, to give assistance in the exploitation of research results, to promote transnational technology transfer and to stimulate and support the innovation process in industrial companies and to provide professional training.

In MinWaterCSP, Steinbeis 2i is coordinating the communication and dissemination activities and is linking MinWaterCSP partners with the other LCE projects.

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IRESEN’s main objectives are to lead and promote R&D in the field of renewable energy, to carry it to a higher level and national scale, hereby defining research topics, coordinating and optimizing the overall research process. IRESEN has made several calls for proposals to stimulate research initiatives in Morocco and is leading several national and international research projects on both Photovoltaics and CSP.

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