Motivation & Impact
NEXTOWER shall introduce a set of innovative materials to boost the performance of atmospheric air-based concentrated solar power (CSP) systems to make them commercially viable. In particular, tower systems are appealing for the great environmental compatibility and offer tremendous potential for efficient (electrical and thermal) power generation. Yet, their industrial exploitation has been so far hindered by limitations in the materials used both for the central receiver – the core component – and for thermal storage. Such limitations dictate maximum working temperature and in-service overall durability (mainly driven by failure from thermal cycling and thermal shocks). Improving the efficiency of a tower system entails necessarily improving the central receiver upstream and possibly re-engineering the whole systems downstream to work longer and at much higher temperature, especially in the thermal storage compartment.
Role of R2M
R2M focuses on maximizing exploitation and impact, while safeguarding the interest of all industrial partners. R2M will team up with other partners to perform a thorough market analysis towards boosting the competitiveness of NEXTOWER‘s CSP systems with improved performance and extended durability.