AXIS I - Support for structural changes - Operational Objective: Scientific-technological areas generating processes of production system transformation and creating new sectors - Action: Support for industrial research - National Operational Program "Research and Competitiveness 2007-2013" Convergence Regions
Beneficiaries: Magaldi Industrie and Magaldi Power, ENEL ENGINEERING AND INNOVATION, CNR - DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND TRANSPORT, UNIVERSITY OF NAPLES FEDERICO II - DEPARTMENT OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
Term: 10/07/2010 - 31/10/2015
"SOLTESS - Solar thermodynamics with solid storage" research project aimed to develop a new technology for the production of electricity, using thermodynamic cycles from solar energy. The innovative element of the proposed technology is represented by the solar energy storage system located inside a receiving unit into which the rays reflected by the heliostats flow.
The aim of this project was therefore to build an innovative solar thermodynamic plant, which could be adapted to different configurations: power plant, micro-plant, plant integrated with fossil fuel plants. The flexibility of the proposed technology is a significant strength.
The purpose of the program was to identify the best design choices for the Solar Generation Unit (UGS) following a continuous evolution of the STEM (Solar Thermal Energy Magaldi) technology and in order to improve the energy efficiency of the system and reduce the investment and operating costs of the plant.
The research and experimental development activities carried out during the project have led to substantial improvements in the plant compared to the initial configuration described in the Technical Specifications for the industrial development of the new technology proposed.
The final objective of the project was to build a plant that takes into account all the innovative features resulting from the intermediate prototypes and is characterized by considerable complexity as it is aimed at cutting-edge innovation, which requires advanced studies in multiple scientific disciplines.