Main industrial sectors:
Renewable electricity generation – Solar
Project: SUNSON – Concentrated solar energy storage at ultra-high temperatures and solid-state conversion
Start: 01/12/2022 End: 31/05/2026
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe programme under Grant Agreement No. 101083827.

DESCRIPTION: Concentrated solar power systems generate solar power by using mirrors or lenses to concentrate a large area of sunlight into a receiver. The energy from the concentrated sunlight is then used to heat a high-temperature fluid within the receiver. The EU-funded SUNSON project intends to develop a compact, modular, decentralised solution for dispatchable solar power generation that has 10 times less volume than current systems. The new prototype will integrate splitting optics systems for the beam-down solar concentrator, high-temperature latent heat storage systems, and thermophotovoltaic generators. Furthermore, smart digital tools will be developed to aid in the design, management, and replicability of the proposed technology.

Life cycle sustainability assessment (environmental impacts, economic performance, and social dimensions)
Mentoring on ethics and gender issues (organisation of webinars)
Multicriteria (holistic) sustainability assessment

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