A significant milestone reached in MOSAIC project: real receiver installed !

During the last months, different systems had been tested by means of a dummy receiver connected to dummy hoses, simulating work conditions. Once the tests were completed, both the receiver and the hoses were replaced by the real ones. The operation was carried out from 20th to 22nd April and needed the participation and the cooperation of different partners and their subcontractors. The thermal installation is now complete with its real components.

The elevation of the ensemble was performed by means of a crane which lifted the real hoses, already connected to the receiver, while the receiver itself was lifted by the tracking system cables, in a coordinated operation. The hoses’ end, opposite to the receiver, was connected to the skid installation, on top of the main metallic tower.

In the following days, the system will be filled with HTF, and then the thermal loop system will be ready for the different tests that will assess its fine working. In a few weeks the solar field will be installed, before the start of the final period of set-up tests. Stay tuned for more news !

MOSAIC is entering its final phase !

The prototype at Cener facilities in Sangüesa is on its way towards its final state, as depicted in this video created by Increscendo:

Here is a brief overview of the last works carried out on the construction site:  

  • The mounting towers for the mobile elements and the oven have been erected.
  • The mechanical, optical and electrical elements of the tracking system have been installed and are being tested.
  • The innovative dummy hoses have been connected to the receiver.
  • The meteorological station has been connected to the tracking system, and the DCS of the whole prototype has been updated to achieve a full control of the plant.

The next key step will be the installation of the field of the solar mirrors, along with the evaluation of a watering system for the mirrors.

For more information about the tracking system, have a look at the latest news by Tekniker.

MOSAIC presented at INPOWER worskhop

Outcomes of the MOSAIC project were presented during the workshop dedicated to the topic “Materials & Processes for Thermal Solar System”. Half-day online workshop was organized within the framework of  H2020 funded project IN POWER on 27 October 2020.

MOSAIC project results were presented through presentation by Cristobal Villasante (TEKNIKER) on the topic TEKNIKER’s approach to the technological challenges of CSP. 

Livestream from the presentation is available here

MOSAIC prototype construction report: 5th tower installed

After few month of break due to the COVID-19 pandemia, the MOSAIC prototype construction has restarted during June 2020 in Sanguesa (CENER). As you can see from the photo, all five towers have been successfully erected. At the moment, work onsite is focused on the tracking system and related support cables. In the coming months, we will update with the onsite construction development. Stay tune!

MOSAIC results in the Results Pack on Solar Heat for Power and Industry

An article related to the MOSAIC project results has been included in the Results Pack on Solar Heat for Power and Industry on Cordis: https://cordis.europa.eu/article/id/421789-a-mosaic-of-shiny-hollow-spheres-works-its-magic-on-sunlight?WT.mc_id=exp A Results Pack is a thematic collection of project results tailored to the needs of specialized audiences who can further exploit them. We are glad that MOSAIC concept has been selected for his potentially as exploitation results.

High-temperature solar receiver and thermal loop designed ready to be installed

After the COVID-19 break, MOSAIC consortium has restarted the the prototype implementation with the high-temperature solar receiver and thermal loop construction, as announced by CSP Aalborg in the Helioscop news. The project has just now reached an important milestone as the receiver and skid have reached their final destination in Sangüesa. Here the items will be lifted to their final position at the top of the central MOSAIC steel tower.

MOSAIC projects results published in ENERGIES and Helioscsp

Two important dissemination activities have been finalised in the last months: the peer-review paper “Low-Cost Solar Electricity Using Stationary Solar Fields; Technology Potential and Practical Implementation Challenges to Be Overcome. Outcomes from H2020 MOSAIC Project” have been published in February 2020 in ENERGIES to present the potentialities of the Low-Cost Solar Electricity Using Stationary Solar Fields. An important article “Outcomes from H2020 MOSAIC Project” has beenpublished in the Helioscsp specialised online magazine. More news related to MOSAIC results will come soon so stay tune!

MOSAIC at the SolarPaces2019 Conference

Also this year, MOSAIC Consortium presence was relevant in the SolarPaces2019 conference in Daegu, South Korea. Dissemination Leader Fabrizio Perrotta was presence at the CSP H2020 Projects booth where the MOSAIC 3D Concept video were running. Furthermore, the oral presentation Design and Analysis of a Helical Receiver for Solar Bowl Systems was presented during the Emerging Concepts plenary session by Mattia Cagnoli (POLITO) and Coordinator Cristobal Villasante explained the MOSAIC concept to many interesting participants at the poster session. We are looking forward to share the final project results next year in SolarPaces2020!

MOSAIC Second Review Meeting Finalised

MOSAIC Second review meeting was held on 4th and 5th September 2019 at CENER premises In Sarriguren (Spain). First day it was dedicated to the preparation to all presentations for the official Review meeting. The second day was dedicated to the official Review meeting with MOSAIC Project officer Bernardo Abello, where Consortium presented the status of the project. Furthermore, we have also visited in the afternoon the Sangüesa CENER facilities where the excavation to install the MOSAIC prototype has been started. Thank you to CENER for the excellent meeting organisation and for the preparation of this successful meeting!