Website The Project WBDMS News Events September 2012
Storage Tank/Steam Generator.Rome, June 2012
news1news1 The Test Section of about 300 kW in exchanged heat representing, in very small scale, the Steam Generator of the integrated system Storage Tank/Steam Generator, was realized and instrumented. It has been designed to be inserted The experimental tests will begin as soon as the preliminary actions of commissioning and finalization of all the experimental apparatuses will be performed. In the attached videoclip and photos, you can see the insertion of the Test Section into the aforesaid tank.and tested in the molten salts stored in the tank of the PCS experimental Facility located at ENEA, Casaccia Research Centre in Rome (Italy).

AACE EDMEDIA CONFERENCEDenver,Colorado,U.S.A., 21-29th June 2012
news1 As an important step of the Dissemination activities required by the Project, Eng. Flavio Fontana took part at Denver (Colorado, U.S.A.) to the EdMedia World Conference International Conference on Educational Media and Technology, organized by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

In this multi-disciplinary forum devoted to the discussion and exchange of information on the research, development, and applications on all topics related to multimedia, hypermedia and telecommunications/distance education, Prof. Flavio Fontana showed a Presentation (Fontana, F., Nuccetelli, C., Cosimi, E. & Ponzo, G. (2012). An Mobile Application to Search Heterogeneous e-Learning Objects and Multimedia Contents in MATRIX Platform: Mobile-QS. In T. Amiel & B. Wilson (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2012 (pp. 1280-1285). Chesapeake, VA: AACE), in which an innovative system to search, in virtual e-learning environment, heterogeneous multimedia contents is discussed. The mobile application, named Mobile Query System (Mobile-QS) is based on Web 2.0 technology to inquiry the e-learning platform database with an advanced mobile interface.
Mobile-QS is a new virtual environment to extend the fruition in a mobile context both e-learning objects and videos of lectures and seminars for remote classrooms. The easy to use of Mobile-QS supports the students and teachers to formulate simple and complex queries with icons and visual objects. The Usability Laboratory, ENEA Research Centre, has implemented Mobile-QS for MATRIX platform, a new virtual environment, to extend the fruition of the e-learning contents in a mobile context using smart-phones and tablets. The experimentation has been done to study, between the users, the effectiveness and satisfaction of the innovative educational tools.
The Mobile QS Application is connected to the MATS Project, in particular for the aspects of information dissemination.
ESTELA Summer Workshop.Bruxelles, Belgium, 25th June 2012
news1In the ESTELA Summer Workshop in Brussels at The Dominican the latest developments in Solar Thermal Electricity sector have been debated and discussed, with a special regard to EU Policy in the field of energy and climate change.
The main topics up for discussion were the European financial framework and facility to further progress in the building of a pan-European grid and in the development of the internal market of electricity.
In this context an important role was plaid by Gianluigi Angelantoni (ANEST President), one of the partner in the MATS Project, who explained in his presentation how to contribute to the promotion and deployment of the Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technology.
The main steps indicated have been: 1) to promote research and technological development oriented to an increasing exploitation of the solar resource and to a suitable end use of energy; 2) to support debates and implementation in order to insert production and supply of CSP energy in a juridical framework that favourites its development; 3) to be engaged in creating favourable relationship with government institutions in order to grant economic and social development at central and local level.

"MATS" FP7 Project 1st Dissemination event.Cranfield University, UK, 4-5th July 2012
news1In the framework of the MATS project, a 2-day workshop will be held at Cranfield University, UK on 4-5th July 2012 to address solar thermal technology and its deployment in concentrating solar power (CSP) systems for electrical power generation, heating and cooling, and desalination. The list of the attendee included the contributions by: Adriano Barsi – Tecnimont KT, Walter Gaggioli – ENEA, Raymond Branke – Fraunhofer ISE, Nicolas Girard – Cranfield University, Christopher Sansom – Cranfield University, John Oakey – Cranfield University – part time, Kumar Patchigolla – Cranfield University; Mohammed Fatouh – Helwan University.
After the welcome by Chris Sansom the technical presentations have been presented by the partners involved in WP 8 of the MATS Project. The general discussion, introduced by Cranfield University on behalf of the Helwan University, was centred on problems referred to the building cooling requirements and the legal limits concerning the temperature of the buildings. Other considerations concerned the cooling towers and water quality, storage tank specification, need to define the load factor and appropriate properties to measure in order to characterise the chiller performance. It was recommended that consortium need to review the cooling tower spec and circulate the details. The results provided some interesting features with respect to the weather data and specific actions of investigating during a day-picks a day in months 6-8.
The agenda presented the progress made by ENEA about MOSE facility. Relevant contribute about the corrosion test cell for molten salts and the materials used for testing purpose was discussed. Moreover additional consideration on the fluid characteristics and its behaviour towards corrosion were underlined. The load factor in Egypt need to be explored to understand the effect of variation with modelling and experimental data was also discussed.
Cranfield University presented an update on the progress during dissemination event on 5th July, addressing the following discussion on: modelling the chiller through dynamic TRNSYS software using the static models developed through EES; action to AB with regards to LIBr-H20 composition to investigate the performance of chiller; investigation on the validation of models with commercial chiller.
Finally an important action list has been confirmed by the participants.

CSP Projects approved by Puglia RegionBari, Italy July 2012
news1The Region of Puglia, in the persons of Teresa Scaringi and Nichi Vendola (respectively Secretary and President of the Regional Council), has issued the Call FP7-ERANET-2012-RTD - ENERGY 5.10 - Horizontal Actions Programme / ENERGY.2012.10.1.2 designed to finance coordination and support for the EU budget of 2.0 million euro. The notice shall finance activities for coordinating the publication of joint calls between countries / regions participating in the field of Photovoltaics and Solar Concentration (PV and CSP).
As part of that announcement the Puglia Region has submitted a proposal for ERA-NET on Solar Electricity: Implementation of the Solar Energy Industry Initiative, whose acronym is SOLAR ERA-NET. The project promotes joint strategic efforts to programs of research and development in technologies related to PV and Solar Concentration (PV and CSP), in accordance with the priorities of the Set-Plan - Solar Energy Industrial Initiative (SEII).
The project primarily aims to contribute to the implementation of the Solar European Industrial Initiative. The second objective is to create a network between the major European stakeholders involved in innovative programs in the field of PV and CSP. Other objectives of the project are: to create a critical mass and mobilize resources, to accelerate technology development in the field, to apply a coherent and efficient transnational cooperation, to contribute to European leadership in the field, to develop a long-term cooperation within ERA.
The project duration is 48 months. Proposed budget for the Region of Puglia is 31,254 euro (percentage of EU funding: 100%).
The project SOLAR ERA-NET has among its promoters different actors in the Solar Energy Industry Initiative (SEII) and involves 16 European countries will be coordinated by the Swiss "NET ltd. The partners are 23: NET Nowak Energy & Technology (Lead Partner) and Swiss Federal Office of Energy (Switzerland), Forschungszentrum Jülich - Project Management and Project Management Organization Mich Energy, Technology, Sustainability (Jülich) (Germany), Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Finland), Agence Nationale de la Recherche and Agence de l'Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l'Energie (France), Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT) and Agencia de Innovación y Desarrollo de Andalucía ( Spain), Service Public de Wallonie and Agentschap voor Wetenschap en Technologie Innovatie door (Belgium), Narodowe Centrum Badan the Rozwoju (Poland), Turkiye Bilimsel you Teknolojik Arastirma Kurumu (Turkey), National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA), Region Apulia (Service Research and Competitiveness) and Sicily (Regional Department of Productive Activities) - (Italy), NL Agency (Netherlands), Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES) (Greece) , Technology Strategy Board (UK), Research Promotion Foundation (Cyprus), Swedish Energy Agency (Sweden), Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (Lithuania), Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie and Klima - und Energiefonds (Austria). In view of the deadlines imposed by the European Commission and of the negotiation phase of the project aimed to sign the necessary documents and the detailed definition of financial content, the Council proceeded to vote the project SOLAR ERA-NET and to complete the resulting obligations, preparatory for the acquisition of funding.

MATS, Real Demonstrator in University of Palermo, ItalyPalermo, Italy, 26-27th July 2012
news1Very important initiatives took place in Palermo within the MATS Project in the month July.

The former occurred at the Palermo University the 26th. On that occasion Eng. Fabrizio Fabrizi took part to a meeting at the University of Palermo where a new CSP Experimental Area to build a Demonstrator Plant for didactical activity towards students and local SMEs were discussed. In particular, theoretical and methodological approaches to integrate the traditional lecturers with a real time experience. news1In this context a potential integration with CESTA (Cyber Enterprise for Solar Thermodynamics Applications) Project has been introduced. CESTA will represent a valid technology, based on heterogeneous and distributed virtual components, to support the CSP global value chain.

Prof. Flavio Fontana took part to a meeting at the ENEA site in Palermo where activities related to the Project itself and the Portal WEB-CESTA were discussed. In particular collaborative environments and tools, communication systems via WEB, multimedia database, WebBased Document Management System, and e-learning platform will be used to improve at international level the cooperative works.

SolarPACES Symposium 2012. Marrakech, Morocco September 2012
news1The decision of Fabrizio Fabrizi of taking part to “The SolarPACES 2012” (11-14th September) is grounded to the fact that it is the foremost symposium on concentrating solar power and chemical energy systems. This initiative, that in 2012 did take place in Marrakech, Morocco, offers a meeting occasion to industry, research, politics and stakeholders within the framework of a scientific conference programme, where new developments in research and technology are presented and discussed. In his Presentation of MATS Project to the leading world experts, eng. Fabrizi pointed to the ENEA technology innovation, result of more than ten years of experimental activities, Innovative aspects of process on molten salt and the thermal storage, and of the plant. Also reductions in costs already achieved and the perspective of further cost reduction have been illustrated, with particular attention to the cost reduction from a technical point of view.

ANEST ConferencePalermo, Italy, 18-19th September 2012
At the presence of Commissioner ENEA ing. G. Lelli a Conference on Solar Power in Sicily was held in Palermo; particular attention has been paid by the various speakers at the relationship between characteristics of the area (high insolation) and industrial potential. In this context, particular relevance was given to the Archimede project, the role of which in CPS and in the project MATS is significant. Prospects for industrial development, for opportunities and the involvement of stakeholders belonging to the main countries of the Mediterranean have been the subject of stimulating presentations,, where a particular attention has been paid to the relaunch of the Sicilian industrial system thanks to the new solar energy technologies and. In this framework a Charter of the Sun has been defined; it ishe new solar energy technologies and the relaunch of the Sicilian industrial system. Defining a Charter of the Sun; an act of commitment by social, productive and political forces to make the island the capital of Solar Thermal energy in Italy and the Mediterranean, while respecting its territorial and environmental features. an act of commitment by social, productive and political forces to make the island the capital of Solar Thermal energy in Italy and the Mediterranean, while respecting its territorial and environmental features.