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ALCCONES: Storage and conversion of concentrated solar power

Program of R&D activities between research groups of “Comunidad de Madrid”, co-funded with the European Social Fund, coordinated by Dr. Manuel Romero.

The main goal of the program is to develop technologies for the conversion and storage at CSP systems for the efficient production of electricity, industrial process heat and hydrogen. The three objectives that provide functional structure to the workprogram of ALCCONES are:

Objective 1: Flowsheeting and multiobjective system analysis of CSP systems with integration of new thermal fluids.

Objective 2: Develop new solar receivers and reactors for the efficient operation at high temperatures and with high penetration of photons for high incident flux.

Objective 3: Develop new storage and dispatching thermal energy systems as thermocline beds; encapsulated new PCM (Phase Change Materials); thermochemical storage media with reversible reactions; production of hydrogen by thermochemical cycles and storage of hydrogen in MOF (MetalOrganic Framework) based materials, for power, heat and hydrogen production on demand.

Partners: IMDEA Energy Institute (Coordinator); URJC; CIEMAT; CSIC; Abengoa Research; SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas; Empresarios Agrupados
Funding Institution/Program: Comunidad de Madrid/Program of R&D activities between research groups in Technology 2013
Period: October 2014-September 2018
Principal researcher: Dr. Manuel Romero