Overview of current programme activitiesThe main areas of CSP research currently funded by the EU are as follows:
- Cost and performance improvement of parabolic trough collectors.
- Development of solar receivers for central tower systems.
- Development of solar-hybrid power systems.
- Development of solar receiver reactors for energy carrier production.
- Cost reduction of other new and innovative components and
Between June 1999 and December 2001 six research projects were awarded for a total cost of €19,512,439. The European Commission’s contribution was €9,292,931.
Technology sub-areas researchedWhat happens in each of the technology sub-sectors?
- Direct steam generation has been validated under a 4th Framework Programme project. Further research objectives are the development of components able to operate at higher temperatures in order to increase the steam cycle thermal efficiency and reliability. The result will reduce the size of required solar fields and parabolic trough system equipment and installation costs.
- The result will be greater solar-to-electric efficiency, above 15%, at the lowest possible cost.
- Pressurised air receivers and volumetric air receivers are being developed to increase their scope of applications and to improve their current performance.
- Increases efficiency of the solar field and the receiver.
- Decreases solar field and receiver manufacturing costs.
- Simplifies operations and maintenance.
- Optimises storage design and operation.