Project: European Parabolic Trough with Molten Salt

Acronym EuroPaTMoS (Reference Number: ID11)
Duration 01/12/2020 - 28/02/2024
Project Topic EuroPaTMoS pulls together the European expertise and testing infrastructure for parabolic trough (PTC) with molten salt (MS), to accelerate transfer of technology from R&D to commercial deployment. Two leading European CSP companies (TSK Flagsol and Rioglass Solar) join forces with three SMEs providing risk assessment and quality assurance services (CSP Services GmbH), quality assurance equipment and measurement services (CSP Services España), electrical scope and operating teams for CSP (Ductolux) to develop a selling proposition with reduced risk and competitive cost. This industrial endeavor is supported by a strong R&D complement consisting of two large R&D institutions (DLR and ENEA) and three Universities (UCM, UNEX and UEVORA) with complementary specializations and abilities. Together they gather two of the most important European infrastructures for PTC-MS research and specialized lab and technical scale facilities for component testing and investigation of corrosion and salts degradation issues. This unique constellation enables the consortium to tackle all subtopics of Topic 2 by parallel investigations on the different test facilities, integrating the results and experiences of previous and ongoing projects in this field. In particular, the following issues will be addressed: Evaluate critical plant components regarding reliability (review of consortium joint knowledge, laboratory testing, operation in realistic environment). Develop a process control concept based on a virtual solar field, to be validated on a full size collector loop enabling hardware-in-the-loop simulation of a full solar field. Develop and demonstrate O&M procedures for exceptional molten salt operations (e.g. filling, draining, repair of leakages, re-vitalizing frozen parts). Carry out and document systematic risk assessment including mitigation measures. Develop high performance receiver tube and validate in relevant environment. Provide methods and equipment for advanced QA and monitoring during construction and operation of PTC-MS solar fields
Project Results
(after finalisation)
EXPECTED IMPACT OF THE PROJECT Exploit the 30% cost reduction potential compared to state-of the art - Increased power block efficiency by improved life steam parameters - Reduced storage cost by increased temperature difference - Lower plant complexity (HTF = storage medium) - Improved environmental footprint - Advanced control and monitoring by digitalization - Reduced safety margins by systematic documentation of risks and mitigation measures Competitive advantage for European industry in fast growing market for renewable dispatchable power
Call 1st CSP Joint Call

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR) Coordinator Germany
2 CSP Services GmbH Partner Germany
3 DUCTOLUX, S.L. Partner Spain
4 Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development Partner Italy
5 RIOGLASS SOLAR SCH, S.L. Partner Spain
6 TSK Flagsol Engineering GmbH Partner Germany
7 Universidad Complutense de Madrid Partner Spain
8 Universidad de Extremadura Partner Spain
9 University of Évora Partner Portugal
10 CSP Services España, S.L. Partner Spain