WASCOP at the European workshop on nanotechnologies & advanced materials for photovoltaics & concentrated solar power

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.

WASCOP at Solar Paces 2017

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.

11th International Concentrated Solar Thermal Power Summit: CSP Seville 2017

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.

WASCOP cooling and cleaning methods reported in NewEnergyUpdate article

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 at the 7th International Symposium on Advances in Computational Heat Transfer CHT-17

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.

CSP project clustering Newsletter

Following the one-day workshop in Almeria and other joint activities, four H2020 projects (CAPTure, MinWaterCSP, MOSAIC and WASCOP), have published a first joint newsletter in June 2017 and plan to continue with a further edition at the end of 2017. The newsletter presents news about the project results, dissemination events and information about CSP policy and innovation. The link of the first joint newsletter is available here. To subscribe to the joint newsletter, please fill in this formhttp://eepurl.com/cOtWvj

WASCOP and MinWaterCSP Survey: Water usage requirements for CSP plants

Following the successful workshop on water consumption, a joint survey from the H2020 projects WASCOP and MinWaterCSP has been set up in order to increase awareness and share future improvements on water usage in solar power plants.

CSP plant operators and owners are kindly invited to complete a quick survey related to “water usage in solar power plants” by clicking on the following link:

https://cranfielduniversity.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cwgR5BPYNmQ0KW1

Information collected will be used to develop a document guideline for general operators/users about the water requirement. Please insert your e-mail at the end of the survey to share the results generated from this survey.

The survey require to be completed less than 15 minutes. Responses are requested by 25th April 2017.

Thank in advance for your feedback. For further information, please contact Dr Chris Sansom: c.l.sansom@cranfield.ac.uk

EU Sustainable Energy Week 2017

The EU Sustainable Energy Week 2017 (EUSEW 2017) is an initiative of the European Commission that will take place 19 – 25 June 2017. During the EU’s Sustainable Energy Week, public authorities, energy agencies, research organisations, NGOs, businesses, and private consumers will have the chance to exchange ideas about providing secure, clean and efficient energy. Events organised as part of the week will include the annual Policy Conference on sustainable energy as well as networking opportunities and an awards ceremony for energy-saving initiatives.

WASCOP M12 MEETING

WASCOP M12 meeting was held on 18th and 19th January 2017 at TEKNIKER office in Eibar (Spain). Coordinator Delphine BOURDON welcomed the project team and the External Advisory Board (EAB) members Mr. Juan Ignacio Burgaleta (SENER) and Mr. Luis Crespo (ESTELA). In the first day, EAB members had the opportunity to hear about the achievements of WASCOP project, presented by the different partners during the WPs presentations. In the afternoon, a session was dedicated to the EAB recommendations to partners, mainly focused on the technology and solutions proposed by WASCOP. During the second day, an ordinary general assembly was organized to discuss the next steps in the management, dissemination and exploitation of the project, and the meeting closed with technical discussions occurred to take decisions and agree on next actions for both cooling and cleaning activities. Meeting was characterized by a collaborative and proactive behavior of all the participants. Special thanks to our host TEKNIKER for the excellent organization of the meeting.