The consortium of the SOCRATCES project organizes a dedicated webinar on Solar Ca-Looping Integration for Thermo-Chemical Energy Storage on June 10th.
Energy storage is one of the greatest challenges for a short-term deeper penetration of Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) plants, which are usually characterized by the intermittency of power production. The Ca-Looping (CaL) process based upon the reversible carbonation/calcination of CaO is one of the most promising technologies for thermochemical energy storage (TCES). The wide availability of natural limestone (almost pure CaCO3) and its low price (<10€/ton) are key factors for the feasibility of the CaL process.
SOCRATCES Horizon 2020 project is aimed at demonstrating the feasibility of the CSP-CaL integration by erecting a pilot-scale plant that uses cheap, abundant, and non-toxic materials as well as mature technologies used in the industry.
The global objective is to develop a prototype that will reduce the core risks of scaling up the technology and solve challenges; further understanding and optimise the operating efficiencies that could be obtained; with the longer-term goal of enabling highly competitive and sustainable CSP plants.
During SOCRATCES webinar the consortium will explain the work developed in materials, technology, and construction as well as share the actual status of the prototype. Joint us!