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Embodiments disclosed herein include flexible joints configured to be positioned between the movable and stationary elements of a CSP heat transfer fluid circuit. Other embodiments include parabolic trough solar reflector modules, solar collectors or solar collector loops having joints between the movable and stationary elements of the heat transfer fluid circuit including at least one or more flexible pipes comprising a loop segment defining at least a partial loop around the axis of rotation.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: FoF-ICT-2013.7.2 | Award Amount: 14.01M | Year: 2013

During more than 50 years of the laser existence, they have been proved as the unique tool for diverse material processing application. New application ideas, coming from universities and research institutions, are usually implemented by spin-off companies with limited resources for market penetration. Research laboratories are using universal laser tools, while effective and low-cost production requires adaptation of the processes and equipment during the technology assessment by the end-user.\nThe APPOLO project seeks to establish and coordinate connections between the end-users, which have demand on laser technologies for (micro)fabrication, knowledge accumulated in the application laboratories of the research institutes, as well as universities and the laser equipment manufacturers (preferable SMEs) of novel lasers, beam control and guiding, etc. The goal is to facilitate faster validation of the process feasibility and adaptation of the equipment for manufacturing, as well as assessment of the selected production processes. The core of the consortium comprises laser application laboratories around Europe which are connected into a virtual hub to accumulate knowledge and infrastructure and promote the easy-to-access environment for the development and validation of laser-based technologies. All the partners have chosen a few directions for the assessment of novel laser technologies: in ultra-short pulse laser scribing for monolithic interconnections in thin film CIGS solar cells - from lasers to pilot lines; use of the lasers and intelligent scanning in smart surface texturing for automotive and printing/decoration industries and for 3D flexible electronics.\nImplementation of the APPOLO project will help the partners from European photonics industry to preserve their competitiveness and penetrate new niches on the global market. The equipment builders for automotive, photovoltaics, electronics and printing industries will benefit from faster integration of innovative technologies which will provide the new-quality consumer products, including low-cost and high-efficiency solar cells, comfortable interior and functionality of cars, smart sensors for environmental monitoring and more.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-CSA | Phase: ENERGY.2013.10.1.10 | Award Amount: 21.20M | Year: 2014

Concentrating Solar Thermal Energy encompasses Solar Thermal Electricity (STE), Solar Fuels, Solar Process Heat and Solar Desalination that are called to play a major role in attaining energy sustainability in our modern societies due to their unique features: 1) Solar energy offers the highest renewable energy potential to our planet; 2) STE can provide dispatchable power in a technically and economically viable way, by means of thermal energy storage and/or hybridization, e.g. with biomass. However, significant research efforts are needed to achieve this goal. This Integrated Research Programme (IRP) engages all major European research institutes, with relevant and recognized activities on STE and related technologies, in an integrated research structure to successfully accomplish the following general objectives: a) Convert the consortium into a reference institution for concentrating solar energy research in Europe, creating a new entity with effective governance structure; b) Enhance the cooperation between EU research institutions participating in the IRP to create EU added value; c) Synchronize the different national research programs to avoid duplication and to achieve better and faster results; d) Accelerate the transfer of knowledge to industry in order to maintain and strengthen the existing European industrial leadership in STE; e) Expand joint activities among research centres by offering researchers and industry a comprehensive portfolio of research capabilities, bringing added value to innovation and industry-driven technology; f) Establish the European reference association for promoting and coordinating international cooperation in concentrating solar energy research. To that end, this IRP promotes Coordination and Support Actions (CSA) and, in parallel, performs Coordinated Projects (CP) covering the full spectrum of current concentrating solar energy research topics, selected to provide the highest EU added value and filling the gaps among national programs.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: LCE-20-2014 | Award Amount: 4.30M | Year: 2015

Following the EC SET-Plan Education and Training Roadmap, the concept of this proposal is to develop a joint PhD programme between universities and research centres, on the topic of Thermal Energy Storage (TES). The goal of INPATH-TES is to create a network of universities and research institutes to implement a joint PhD programme on TES technologies. The final result of such a network is to educate professionals on these technologies for the European research and industry institutions. The consortium includes 14 universities that will implement the joint PhD programme, two research institutions (AIT and PROMES-CNRS), three companies and two SME (Arcelik, Abengoa Solar NT, KIC InnoEnergy, UFP and LAIF), that will cooperate in defining the programme and in its implementation and deployment. The specific objectives of the project will lead to the qualification of professionals for the European research and industry institutions, bringing Europe to continue being leaders in these technologies. The partners in the proposal will be the core of a future larger network of excellent R&D institutions, and industries for co-funding and industrial placement, sharing infrastructure capacities, and enhancing mobility of students. The overall approach of the project involves a work plan divided in six work packages, being either coordination or support activities. Coordination activities: WP1 Management and coordination; WP3 Developing, maintaining and updating a PhD programme in TES; and WP4 Implementation of the PhD programme in TES. Support activities: WP2 External communication and dissemination; WP5 Stakeholder involvement and extension of partnerships; and WP6 Framework for monitoring and evaluation of INPATH-TES as well as IPR and regulatory issues.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: NMP.2013.1.4-1 | Award Amount: 4.83M | Year: 2014

The high-tech industry strives to increase overall functionality and quality of products by the application of nano-enabled materials and devices. The development of such products would significantly benefit from a thorough understanding of multiscale phenomena and adequate numerical tools to guide nano-enabled design. The scientific challenge lies in defining proper scale transition relations to transfer data between the relevant scales and to properly address the mutually dependence of the multi-physics. Nano-engineering is intrinsically strongly multidisciplinary, thereby posing the technical challenge to assemble the, in generally, distributed expertise and simulation resources. MMP (Multiscale Modelling Platform) develops an integrating modelling platform, especially equipped to target multi-scale and multiphysics engineering problems. The innovation of MMP lies in its generic and modular character, supported by data standardization and proper definition of application interfaces. This allows for the integration of existing modelling softwares and data repositories as plug-in components. MMP will be distributed as open source software supported by online documentation. This enables future users, e.g. SMEs, to join, contribute and benefit from MMP. The versatility and power of the platform is demonstrated by assessing two case studies on nano-enabled products with a high sustainability impact. The performance of phosphor light conversion in LEDs and the efficiency of CIGS thin film processing for photo-voltaics devices will be increased. MMP provides the European industry with a competitive advantage by allowing for an integrated process, material and product design. Multiscale modelling and therewith multiscale design will considerably reduce development costs, decrease time to market and improve process yield and device functionality. Moreover, the cloud computing strategy enables the optimal utilization of simulation facilities and facilitates collaboration.


Patent
Abengoa Solar | Date: 2015-09-30

Method for obtaining solid samples or suspensions of graphene optionally doped with heteroatoms from synthetic or natural polymers, which are subjected to pyrolysis in a furnace without oxygen at temperatures of between 400C and 1,200C and subsequently to a liquid-phase exfoliation phase. The polymers used are preferably polysaccharides, such as chitosan, alginate and alginic acid, which can be optionally doped with any heteroatom. The invention is intended primarily for use in microelectronics and photovoltaic devices in which graphene sheets are very useful. In addition, the graphene prepared cn be uses as an additive for polymers and ceramic materials.


Patent
Abengoa Solar | Date: 2015-01-28

The invention relates to a panel-based solar receiver for a thermal solar tower power plant (4), which comprises: a front panel (8), the external surface of which receives solar radiation (2) from the field of heliostats (3), a back panel (9), sealing elements (10) between the panels (8, 9), arranged at the lateral ends of both, an intake collector (5), located in the upper part of the panels (8, 9), where the heat transfer fluid enters the receiver (1) and an evacuation collector (6), located in the lower part of the panels (8, 9), where the heat transfer fluid leaves the receiver (1); wherein the front panel (8), back panel (9) and the two sealing elements (10) form the receiver body (16), which constitutes a passage for the heat transfer fluid (7) to travel through. Each solar tower can contain one or several panel-based receivers (1) and be arranged in series or in parallel, with the same or a different fluid (7) circulating there through.


Patent
Abengoa Solar | Date: 2015-04-29

Mixed heliostat field combining, in the same field, heliostats of different sizes and/or with different types of facets, all of them having at least one facet and being canted or not, and either having spherical, cylindrical, flat or quasi-flat (spherical with a high curvature radius) facets, such that the solar field is optimised in order to minimise shadows and blockages between heliostats, as a result of correct positioning of the heliostats in the field.


Hybrid system of parametric solar thermal cylinder (14) and photovoltaic receiver (3), which comprises a thermal absorber receiver (2) through which a heat-carrier fluid circulates, and, additionally at least one spectral separation filter (4), situated between the photovoltaic receiver (3) and the thermal absorber receiver (2), which receives the light reflected from the primary mirror (1) of the parametric cylinder (14) and which permits the selective separation of the solar spectrum, directing a part thereof towards the photovoltaic receiver (3) and the remainder towards the thermal absorber receiver.


Method for actuating upon a hydraulic solar collector tracking system, said system (100) comprising at least one hydraulic cylinder (3, 5) to tilt a solar collector surface (2) of the hydraulic solar collector tracking system (100) with respect to at least one elevation axis (Y) to cause the solar collector tracking system (100) to go into a wind stow position. The pressure of at least one of the chambers of at least one hydraulic cylinder (3, 5) of the system (100) is measured, the actuation upon the hydraulic cylinder (3) in charge of causing the solar collector tracking system (100) to go into the wind stow position being regulated depending on said measured pressure, to cause the solar collector tracking system (100) to go into the wind stow position.

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