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CCC - Renewables

The sun will al­ways rise.

This story be­gins in the back of a van on its way to the Pyren­ees moun­tains in France dur­ing a heavy snow storm. What sounds like less than ideal con­di­tions to test a solar gas tur­bine ac­tu­ally turned out to be a bless­ing in dis­guise – after the storm had cleared, the KAEFER Cor­por­ate Com­pet­ence Cen­ter for Re­new­ables (CCCR) team en­joyed splen­did and in­tensely sunny con­di­tions for their test.

This spe­cific gas tur­bine used con­cen­trated solar power (CSP) as its heat source com­ing from a mir­ror field and heat ex­changer moun­ted on a solar plat­form. By us­ing mir­rors rather than photo­vol­taic pan­els, the tur­bine is able to use a much lar­ger pro­por­tion of solar power. The gas tur­bine can then also be used to run a con­ven­tional steam tur­bine, which res­ults in the gen­er­a­tion of even more en­ergy, mak­ing the most out of every ray of sun­shine.

This mul­tidiscip­lin­ary ap­proach is the key to KAE­FER's think­ing when it comes to re­new­able en­ergy. It’s about cre­at­ing clever com­bin­a­tions of vari­ous en­er­gies and tech­nical meth­ods to bring in­nov­a­tion. And ad­opt­ing a mod­u­lar method to re­new­ables helps us to get a few steps fur­ther to­wards elim­in­at­ing en­ergy waste and in­creas­ing ef­fi­ciency.

There’s something re­as­sur­ing about the fact that the sun will al­ways rise. And when it comes to re­new­able en­ergy, the pos­sib­il­it­ies of us­ing the sun as a power source go from re­as­sur­ance to ex­cite­ment.

KAE­FER's CCCR is at the fore­front of ef­forts to in­crease the ef­fi­ciency and be­ne­fit of solar power and is also act­ive in the re­search, en­gin­eer­ing, design and im­ple­ment­a­tion of in­nov­at­ive solu­tions for the ‘cleantech’ mar­ket.

Receiver of concentrated solar power tower during the test
Receiver of concentrated solar power tower during the test

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Gemasolar tower in operation © Torresol Energy
Gemasolar tower in operation © Torresol Energy
Ibersol CSP facility, Spain
Ibersol CSP facility, Spain
Gemasolar CSP facility, Spain © Torresol Energy
Gemasolar CSP facility, Spain © Torresol Energy