WASCOP will be present with the delegates from MASEN, CRANFIELD and RIOGLASS at the MinWaterCSP 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 Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants with a special focus on new approaches in mirror cleaning, cooling system solutions and overall plant performance simulations. The aim of the 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 will participate to the event.
WASCOP M24 meeting was held on 24th and 25th January 2018 at Hamon International office in Eibar (Spain). First day was dedicated to the Exploitation Service Seminar funded by the EU Commission for the project in order to the plan and deliver a high quality of the Exploitation plan for he project results. Seminar was characterised by interactive sections which allowed partners to discuss and think deeply about the commercialization and exploitation of the tangible and intangible results. During the second day, Coordinator Delphine BOURDON welcomed to the new EAB member Luis Millan Monte (TSK) and to other EAB Members Mr. Juan Ignacio Burgaleta (SENER) and Mr. Luis Crespo (ESTELA). EAB Board had the chance to been updated on the project status and outcome and they provide excellent recommendations and congratulated with the Consortium for the project achievements!
A dedicated participation of WASCOP project at the STAGE- STE Project One-week Introductory Course Concentrating Solar Thermal Technologies (5 days Course; 16-20 October 2017; Location: University of Seville) has been finalised with the presentations of the “Innovative Storage Concepts – Cold Thermal Energy Storage” (WP2; T2.3 in WASCOP Project) presented by CEA and the case study “Solar Thermal Power Plants- Pre-design and Site Selection: – Other Aspects of Site Selection” (WP4; T4.3 in WASCOP Project) presented by CU. These contributions have been inserted in the Public reports D6.4 Tutorials for CSP Professionals, available for consultation in the Public deliverables webpage.
Two public reports on dust barriers and water consumption in the cleaning activities of CSP plants are available for consultation in the SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATION page. Both reports are outputs of the work carried out in the WP3 and WP4 of the WASCOP project. Due to the public nature of the reports, consultation is of public domain.
Following the success of the first conjoint newsletter, four Horizon sister projects: CAPTure, MinWaterCSP, MOSAIC and WASCOP, have published a second newsletter in November 2017 with news related to project results, dissemination events and other news interest for the CSP community. The link for the second newsletter is available here. Subscribtion to the joint newsletter is available on this form: http://eepurl.com/cOtWvj
The European workshop on nanotechnologies & advanced materials for photovoltaics & concentrated solar power, organized by the EU PV Cluster, with the support of EMIRI and the European Commission, has bought together coordinators of European projects, as well as technology and market experts, and representatives from the industry and the European Commission. The workshop aimed at highlighting key results of the FP7 and H2020 projects in the field of nanotechnologies & advanced materials for photovoltaics & concentrated solar power, and identifying common R&I priorities in order to bridge the gap between the lab and the market, and providing recommendations to the European Commission. WASCOP coordinator Delphine Bourdon presented the potential WASCOP contribution to bridge the gap between the lab and the market.
Since 1977 SolarPaces has played a formative role in CSP research to spread us the technological and research innovations and deployment them at full-scale in the industry. In this framework, three scientific publications on WASCOP results related to ultrasonic cleaning, anti-soiling coating and characterization of sands has been presented in the Solar Paces 2017 conference in Chile.
The 11th International Concentrated Solar Thermal Power Summit will be held on 21-22 November in Seville, Spain. It is an excelelnt opportunity to understand the future technologies and business trends in the CSP industry.
Key Points for the 2017 program:
- New models for project profitability: Monetise new revenue streams, with or without government policy and subsidy, to boost your share in the now booming CSP market
- Project Development: Hear about global developments in the U.A.E., Morocco, South Africa, China and more, and see how – and why – the planning between developer, off taker and EPC when building CSP plants has led to both successes and failures
- Take control of technology: Explore the latest breakthroughs in plant design, configuration, control systems, hydraulics, driving mechanisms and where real cost reduction has been achieved
- Ramp up to your guaranteed efficiency: Discuss ways to move from construction through the ramp up period to ensure you reach your required performance levels
- Optimize performance: Work out how to recruit, train and retain the perfect team and use predictive strategies, better systems and components to improve performance and reduce failures
More information are available here.
Heba Hashem in his article “CSP research groups cut water use by 70% in desert efficiency drive” in NewEnergyUpdate:CSP presents several projects, including WASCOP, dealing with new anti-soiling, mirror monitoring and power block cooling technologies with the aim to reduce water usage of CSP plants. Charles-Andre Lemarie (HdH) and Itziar Azpitarte (TEK) has been interviewed to present the innovative methods experiments in WASCOP for cooling and cleaning activities, showing up that the target of a 70% water consumption reduction is achievable in a short time.
WASCOP project was presented in two important scientific events. From May, 28th to June, 2nd, ICHMT (International Center for Heat and Mass Transfer) held the 7th International Symposium on Advances in Computational Heat Transfer CHT-17 in Naples, Italy. Charles-André Lémarie from Hamon (HdH) was invited to present the WASCOP progresses on the modeling of spraying system for aircoolers. In the same dates, Adèle Caron (HdH) was invited to present a poster summarizing the latest developments in modeling spray system at the 25ème Congrès Français de Thermique organized by SFT (Société Française de Thermique) in Marseille, France. In both events, by the audiences were really interested in the WASCOP state-of-the-art presentations.