MATS Project

Methodology and associated work plan

Overall strategy of the work plan

The MATS project is planned as a three and a half years project with its main activities implemented around the following activities:
Management extends throughout the Project duration and it involves the co-ordination and management of the project, the dissemination of results and the actions for the exploitation of the Projects' outcome within and outside the partnership.
Development and building of key components extends throughout the first two and half years of the Project, including the following tasks and subtasks:

  1. Solar field: design, building & pilot plant testing for characterizing various materials, components, instruments etc., including new reflecting surfaces & various innovating devices; basic facilities are: solar collection system, receiver tube, solar collector support structure, and molten salt pipeline.
  2. Thermal Energy Storage System & Steam Generator: design, building & pilot plant testing for characterizing steam generator & molten salt thermal stratification system.
  3. Power Block: selection & characterization of the most proper turbine.
  4. Cogeneration subsystem/Hot & Cold Distribution Lines: selection & characterization of the most proper chillers and connected devices.
  5. Molten Salt Heater: design, building and pilot plant testing for characterizing special molten salt heater, including a gas burner.
  6. Water Desalination Unit: design, building & pilot plant testing for characterizing innovative desalination unit.
  7. Civil works: Site infrastructures, comprising committed arranged area, foundations, buildings, roads, etc.
  8. Auxiliary Services: other site infrastructures comprising electric parts, gases, water, wastes disposals, etc.
  9. Control & Automation System: design, building & pilot plant testing for characterizing innovative instruments, control & automation system devoted to Supervision and Operation, including Site Surveillance with CCTV and equipments.
Basic Engineering extends throughout the first two and half years of the Project duration, it is managed and coordinated among the partners by EPC, and it involves detailed design, prefabrication, environmental impact evaluation, PED procedure, etc.
Experimental testing extends throughout the last years of the Project, involving the experimental demonstration of the complete system, including operation, testing, and O&M system management.
In the first stage a strong emphasis is put on R&D activities on the following innovative key components:
  • Thermal Storage System with integrated steam generator.
  • Molten Salt Heater & Biomass Gasifier.
  • Water MED Desalination Unit.
At month 18 a mid-term assessment will evaluate the achievement of specified objectives, quantified by specific milestones at this stage for the technical/scientific progress as well as the exploitation perspectives for the results.
The construction of the plant will be performed in the subsequent 15 months, with specific milestons expected at month 30. During the last year of the project the plant will be tested and results will be evaluated and compared with the expected ones.



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