Advanced Technology Center for Renewable Energy research prototypes to improve current performance of solar thermal power plants.

Advanced Technology Center for Renewable Energy (CTAER) held its fifth patronage for the first half of the year as part of the Plataforma Solar de Almería in Tabernas, its registered office and place of reference of the solar research for more than 30 years .

With some audited accounts, which shed 10 million euros in assets, during the celebration of V Board of CTAER performed a review of what happened in the first half of the year and forecasts for the second, and a presentation by the full research staff of the center of ongoing projects and many others in the startup process of their activities.

The main new features focused on the solar area, with two projects that incorporate new concepts of solar based these receptors in the development of “hybrid”, ie those who use, in addition to solar radiation, other energy sources – renewable or not, and the “variable geometry”, which will result in a central Electrosolar main elements move during the day to capture maximum sunlight.

The new prototypes aimed at improving the current performance, especially performance-energy and the current economic and commercial center. Both projects will be located on land that has CTAER in the desert of Tabernas, right next to the Plataforma Solar de Almería.

On the progress of the projects, reported the notice for the drafting of design and construction works of “variable geometry experimental plant for testing of solar central receiver.”

In the area of biomass, there are currently five projects in development plus three new issues related to the energy use of crop residues of rice, biogas from waste industry and oleic olive waste management.

Were informed of project status Solaris EU, which was announced in November 2010 when it was included in the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development of the European Commission as well as participation in various European programs such as “IC MED”, “Life +” or “Interreg” among others.

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