This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 308792
The FRESH NRG project (FREsnel for Solar Heat with New Receiver and Geometry) aims to optimize a Linear Fresnel Collector (LFC) with a target efficiency above 50% at 250°C for industrial use.
The integrated approach will design, implement and test disruptive innovations in 4 key parts of the value chain:
A highly innovative sol-gel coated non evacuated receiver will target robustness, durability and performance.
To increase the annual yield, a LFC design with new geometry will target differentiation of the width of the primary mirrors and high concentration factor to limit heat losses. Ultra light mirror panels will target safety, durability and high reflectivity. Modular “plug-in” components (e.g. clip-on secondary mirrors) will simplify transport and installation.
A first-of-its-kind lean manufacturing system including coating equipment, receiver assembly, and mirror production will be prototyped and co-located to optimize cost reduction.
Laboratory and field tests of the new LFC and its key components will include existing methods (e.g. EN12975) and methods that are currently revised or will be developed in IEA-SHC/SolarPaces Task 49.
A clear plan for the exploitation of the technical results will include a highly multi-disciplinary approach. Detailed bottom-up prospection of high-potential applications will be analysed to drive industrial strategy towards a large economic impact. Relevant key findings will be shared also with policymakers and industry regulators. Knowledge dissemination will promote the innovative results of the project (e.g. comparison of test methods) to achieve a full scientific impact at EU level.