The work of installing the prototype of the European MOSAIC project at the CENER facilities in Sangüesa (Navarra-Spain) is progressing at a good pace. The assembly of the tracking and HTF loop system has been completed, so functional tests of the tracking system are currently being carried out with the final receiver.
Once the tests are completed, the installation of the solar field system will be carried out by CENER and Increscendo. The fixed solar field will be formed by a central cap and two rings of spherical mirrors, which will concentrate the solar radiation on the linear mobile receiver. For this, researchers from the department of Thermal Solar Energy and Thermal Storage of the tecnolgical center have carried out the assembly and optical verification procedure, as well as the first tests of the assembly of the mirrors manufactured by Rioglass Solar to the auxiliary frames, as can be seen in the image.
MOSAIC (Modular High Concentration) is a European project whose main objective is to design, manufacture and validate an innovative CSP concept with low implementation costs and with the highest plant efficiencies that will reduce the Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE).
CENER, technical coordinator of the project, participates in collaboration with the rest of the partners in different tasks, such as: the conceptual design of the prototype; the design, assembly and verification of the optical quality of the solar field and the risk management of the project, as well as in the operation and performance of the prototype validation tests.
Likewise, CENER is involved in the conceptual design at the plant level by defining the CSP plant to achieve that, by using modules based on the MOSAIC modular concept, current electricity generation costs for said technology are reduced.
The MOSAIC project consortium, which is coordinated by Tekniker, is made up of 10 entities from 6 European countries. It is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement no. 727402). For more information https://mosaic-h2020.eu