Innovative Configuration for a Fully Renewable Hybrid CSP Plant
Renewable energies are often criticized for not being able to produce supply power to the electrical grid in a manner that is stable, firm and reliable. This difficulty can find a proper and viable solution through hybrid CSP/biomass plants. The market is showing a strong interest in hybrid technologies for power generation. For instance; the American company eSolar (owned by General Electric) has established an alliance with the Chinese company Penglai, in order to develop CSP/biomass technology, sharing turbines and other infrastructure, reducing costs and producing energy throughout the whole day.
The aim of HYSOL Project is to become the European reference in competition to this and other initiatives ongoing in the CSP/biomass global market. The HYSOL Project focusses on overcoming the CSP technology limitations to increase its contribution in the global electric market, hybridising with biomass energy to achieve 100 % renewable and sustainable energy, and providing a stable and reliable power independently of meteorological circumstances.
The main added value of the hybridisation concept will be the achievement of the Europe Strategic Energy Technology plan (SET-Plan), which is the market, the industry and the European Union goal on energy matters: self-producing firm renewable energy with an optimal cost-efficiency ratio.
The present proposal focuses on the study, the design, the pre-industrial scale demonstration of around 2,5MWth and the optimisation of an innovative configuration based on a new HRS (gas-molten salt) and an AGT simulator implemented in an existing CSP plant. In addition, gas fuel used in the AGT simulator will be produced from biomass considering the environmental sustainability factor; therefore, the hybrid installation will become a full renewable plant.