Project title: Minimized water consumption in CSP plants
Project name: MinWaterCSP
Project duration: 36 months
Start date: 01/01/2016
Consortium: 12 partners from 6 countries
Demo sites: South Africa, Morocco and Spain
Academic Institution partners: Fraunhofer ISE, Stellenbosch University, University of Rome, IRESEN
Industry partners: ECILIMP Termosolar, Enexio Germany GmbH, Kelvion Holding GmbH, Kelvion Thermal Solutions (Pty) Ltd., Notus Fan Engineering, Soltigua, Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum, Waterleau
Partner countries: Belgium, Germany, Italy, Morocco, South Africa, Spain
H2020 call topic: LCE-02-2015 Developing the next generation of technologies of renewable electricity and heating / cooling
Project funding: EUR 5.8m
Sample of Figures and Facts to be displayed
- Reduction of water evaporation losses compared to wet-cooling 95% 95%
- Reduction of water consumption due to mirror cleaning 25% 25%
- Increase of the net power cycle efficiency by up to 2% 2%
Project ends 31st of December 2018
- Introduce novel hybrid dry/wet cooling technology to increase the net annual power output of CSP plants by up to 2% and reduce the water consumed for cooling by 75 to 95% relative to wet only cooling systems, while not increasing the capital cost above the level required by current cooling technologies.
- Reduce the auxiliary power consumption of the cooling system by improving fan static efficiencies from currently 55 and 60% to 65 to 70%.
- Reduce water consumption during mirror cleaning by 25% by introducing improved mirror cleaning processes for large-scale CSP plants using parabolic trough collectors and heliostats and for small-scale CSP plants using linear Fresnel collectors.
- Develop comprehensive water management plans for CSP plants in various locations. This will make the location of CSP plants less dependent on the availability of high quality water sources thereby increasing the flexibility to locate them at sites with maximum solar radiation.