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CSP2: Concentrated Solar Power in Particles

European Project corresponding to the call FP7-ENERGY-2011-1 (Topic: ENERGY.2011.2.5-2) of the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development.

The use of concentrated solar power (CSP) is an important step to cover rising energy needs while at the same time reducing CO2 emissions. To produce electricity on a competitive basis the efficiency and safety of CSP plants have to be improved. A limiting factor of existing CSP plants is the heat transfer fluid (HTF).

The aim of the CSP2 Project is to use a dense gas-particle suspension as an alternative HTF that allows working temperatures higher than 550°C. The solid phase consists of any particulate mineral, like quartz sand, that withstands high temperatures.

The solid particles can also be used as a thermal energy storage medium due to their high heat capacity.

Partners: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) (Coordinator); The University of Warwick (WARWICK); Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETHZ); IMDEA Energy Institute (IMDEA); COMESSA; TORRESOL Energy Investments, S.A. (TORRESOL); European Powder & Process Technology (EPPT)
Funding Institution/Program: European Union/FP7-Cooperation. Call identifier: FP7-ENERGY-2011-1 (Topic: ENERGY.2011.2.5-2)
Period: December 2011-November 2015
Principal researcher: Manuel Romero

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