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EFISOL

Project objectives and Novamina’s contribution to the partnership

The EFISOL project (y. 2009-2011) developed an efficient and cost effective solar energy system for combined electrical energy power and hot water production that uses concentrated beam solar radiation as the primary energy source. Its Heat Storage Tank is capable of storing enough heat energy (1600 kWh, giving two hours storage capability) at the appropriate temperature (of about 110 to 270°C) during the day to deliver it back continuously, at the correct rate and at the required temperature, during periods of reduced insulation.

A concept is based on the highly innovative integration of existing technologies, development of new thermo energetic components and advance guidance and control system implementation. All components were integrated and optimized as an autonomous unmanned power production unit in a form of a new commercial product which s a combination of innovative technologies such as half linear Fresnel lens based concentrators, ORC (Organic Rankin Cycle) cogeneration unit and an advanced control system.

NOVAMINA was the leader of technical activities taking the responsibility of accomplishing main project results which are design and development of Solar concentrator, Heat storage tank, Expert control system and finally the fully functional prototype. The company was in charge of product testing and integration, as well as final validation.

 

HEATPOWER

Project objectives and Novamina’s contribution to the partnership

The HEATPOWER project is going to develop a Waste Heat Recovery system (WHRS) for Power Generation in Cement plants. It will be based on ORC process, primarily related to the cement production plant clinker cooler with the aim to produce electrical energy from Low Temperature Waste Heat sources, such as clinker exhaust heat.

Novamina is coordinating complex R&D activities and facing specific technological challenges, which are designing a Waste Energy Recovery Boiler (WERB) able to operate efficiently in highly demanding and aggressive conditions of clinker cooler exhaust gases area.

A modular WERB design has been developed and simulations of real running conditions concerning thermal and mechanical stresses have been performed recently.

Material for prototype production module has been provided. The best location for testing purpose has been evaluated and defined. WERB supporting metal construction and connecting pipes have been designed.

Requirements, legalities and emissions were performed to identify and select the most effective de-dusting technology. WERB guidance and control system algorithm have been defined.

The most valuable final results expected from the Project are: 1) Patentable protective wear resistant WERB coating material and technology, 2) WERB design and optimization as fully functional prototype integrated in the cement plant, 3) Waste Heat recovery power generation guidance and control system for the cement plant. Novamina is in charge of the last two.

FOUNDENERGY

Project objectives and Novamina’s contribution to the partnership

The goal of the FOUNDENERGY project is to develop a cost effective and low maintenance Waste Heat Recovery system (WHRS) for Power Generation in the Foundry Industry. Designed WHRS will be based on ORC process, primarily related to the waste heat sources within the foundry plants, ultimately to produce electrical energy and sell it directly to the power grids or use it for internal consumption purposes. As one of the Project’s secondary outputs FoundEnergy will produce hot water for various purposes, including preheating of smelting components or housing hot water supply.

With the extended experience in the technology development for the industry, Novamina is acting as the leading RTD performer, taking care that all activities on the project are well organized and performed with quality and timely. We will assist our RTD partners in the design of a Novel Heat Exchanger (WERB) while being in charge of the development of an Advance Guidance and Control System and finally the integration of the prototype plant.

PIPESTORE

Project objectives and Novamina’s contribution to the partnership

PIPESTORE: A modular phase change material thermal store that enables optimal performance of renewable energy system.

 

Higher density Phase Change Materials (PCM) shows promising results. However, related products available on the market have not yet delivered real improvements in domestic applications. In PipeStore we propose to develop a modular and low cost thermal storage technology based on a ‘pipe-in-a-pipe’ configuration that can contain a range of PCMs. These will have different melting temperatures, enabling the storage of lower grade thermal energy. This will increase the effective utilization of a typical solar system by up to 20%. Furthermore, a novel actuation and control system will facilitate the use of soopercooled PCMs. This will enable optimal energy storage with a controlled rapid thermal discharge. PipeStore can be scaled and customized to suit any RES in any property.

 

In first phase Novamina will be in charge of thermodynamics and PCM. The partner will undertake the PCM characterisation and the thermodynamic modelling. Novamina will also develop the PipeStore thermodynamic test rig to include an optical view port, sealed (welded) water sections, closed loop control water supply, pre-mixed PCM material. Novamina will modify the software modelling application to work with a cylindrical PipeStore module with just the axial heat transfer fluid pipe. The partner will also design and manufacture PipeStore modules for integration and testing.

Until now PCM characterization and thermodynamic modelling has been completed. Results from this research gave input for the PCM selection and test rig initial design. Thermodynamic test rig has been designed and constructed according to the project requirements and initial research results and field test are currently under way.

 

SOLEGLASS

Project objectives and Novamina’s contribution to the partnership

The strategic overall objective of the project is to produce a highly innovative product in the Solar Thermal market segment, the All Glass Mid Temperature Direct Flow Thermal Solar Vacuum Tube (SOLEGLASS). This will be achieved by combining the latest cutting edge technology developments in Solar Thermal and Glass industries and the comprehensive and focused research activities to be performed within this project. The SOLEGLASS will enable further development of the innovative types of solar collectors that will ultimately stimulate implementation of enhanced and more efficient Solar Thermal applications for the heat production.

NOVAMINA will be working on the development and design of Glass Bellows and it will be leading R&D performer in development and design of Direct Flow All Glass Solar Vacuum Tube and CPC Heating-Cooling Collector based on SOLEGLASS. NOVAMINA will actively contribute through the rest of the project, particularly in the product integration phase, as well as in the phase of testing and product verification. NOVAMINA will also organize and place at disposal its laboratories, workshops and the physical location for the prototype assembly as well as for the final demonstration of developed technology.

Bellow concept, numerical modelling and structural analysis of bellows have been finished. Most of activities considering development and design of Direct Flow All Glass Solar Vacuum Tube have been completed including Soleglass Conceptual design, Thermodynamic and Hydrodynamic Modelling and Analysis. Review of current low-mid temperature collector design, technology solutions, definition of operating parameters and termophysical properties are under way.

ICARUS ( http://www.icaruspower.eu/ )

The aim of the ICARUS project is to create an absorption power generation technology for low temperature heat.This will enable to create a  waste-heat power generation system for industrial (chemical, cement etc.) applications that can achieve an efficiency of up to 20% for electricity to be generated from industrial waste heat (<120oC) without affecting industrial processes. By doing this, the absorptionpower generation system to be created will offer greatly improved environmental performance due to improved efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions at a cost that is affordable  to the end-user. This will lead to significant economic and societal benefits to manufacturers.

The partner organizations are 4 SMEs from the UK, Turkey, Spain and Greece, a large cement producer (UK), a Cement Association (Turkey), and 3 Research and Technological Development performers from the UK, Estonia and Croatia. The project will target up to 10 % of the EU manufacturing SMEs operating within the Chemicals and Cement Industry within a 5 year period, thus achieving direct estimated annual sales of over €100 million, ~700 new jobs and thus helping manufacturing SMEs to make annual average CO2 emissions savings of up to 4,000 t p.a. per company.

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