The German Aerospace Center is working with partners in Italy to supply Italian pasta maker Barilla with electricity and heat from renewable sources.
From pv magazine Germany
The EU-funded HiFlex project – the abbreviation stands for High Storage Density Solar Power Plant for Flexible Energy Systems – is led by a group of international research entities.
They include the German Aerospace Center (DLR), which is building a pilot system to supply pasta producer Barilla with electricity and heat from renewable resources around the clock in southern Italy. DLR and its partners are building the plant near a Barilla pasta factory in Foggia, in Italy’s Apulia region.
“The system serves to demonstrate the technical feasibility and at the same time to prove the economic viability of this technology,” said Gabriele Bertoni, project manager for Italian engineering specialist Kinetics Technology.
The starting point of the pilot plant is a solar tower with around 500 movable mirrors. The mirrors concentrate the sun’s rays on a special radiation receiver at the top of the tower. This receiver uses the bundled solar energy to heat ceramic particles 1 millimeter in size to temperatures of up to 1,000 C, said DLR.
The hot particles can be stored in large, thermally insulated containers. If necessary, the heat from the hot particles can be used to generate steam for an electricity generator or hot gas for industrial process heat. This ensures energy…
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