TERRA: New thermosolar tower concept with open receiver


Projects co-financed by the CDTI and the European Union through the ERDF

Renewable Power


The aim of this project is the development of a thermosolar tower plant with an open receiver, where air is heated as a heat transfer fluid, allowing electricity to be obtained by means of a combined cycle. With this new plant design it will be possible to obtain temperatures much higher than in current plants, allowing the use of a gas turbine, which at these temperatures is more efficient.

This project also studies and reassesses all elements of the plant: heat storage, heliostats, central tower or receiver and gas turbine, studying and overcoming the current limitations of solar tower technology to achieve a new optimized concept of central receiver thermosolar plant.