NEXTOWER

 
Project Manager:
Raymond Sterling
Managing partner, spanish branch
NEXTOWER aims at demonstrating high-performance durable materials for the next generation of concentrated solar power (CSP) air-based tower systems, making them commercially competitive in the energy market beyond 2020.

NEXTOWER takes a comprehensive conceptual and manufacturing approach that starts by optimizing for durability the ceramic materials to achieve 20-25 years of maintenance-free service receiver components, while increasing their operating temperature for thermodynamic efficiency. The actual exploitation of the hotter air (up to 800°C) is then crucially tied to the development of a high-temperature thermal storage, here inspired by nuclear fission GEN-IV technology and based on liquid lead by means of new corrosion resistant steels.

This project has received funding from EU H2020 programme under GA nº 721045