Dispatchable concentrated Solar-to-X energy solution for high penetration of renewable energy
SOLARX is a 3-year project funded by the European Commission’s Horizon Europe research & innovation programme. It addresses the shortcomings of current energy infrastructures that are not designed to handle large shares of intermittent renewable energy sources. SOLARX integrates three high concentration solar technologies and AI-based smart resource management into a dispatchable Renewable Energy System (RES).
To this end, SOLARX will develop 3 Key Technological Elements:
- a smart solar resource management algorithm which aims to meet local instantaneous energy demands
- a high efficiency Concentrating Photovoltaic (CPV) receiver
- a carbon negative bi-energy H2 receiver
The main goal of the project is to demonstrate, at the laboratory scale, the technical, economic, and social value of the synergetic efficient production of heat, electricity and H2 from solar resource in a single facility, considering energy demands and market prices for a wide range of locations and application scenarios. Global assessment will demonstrate the role of the SOLARX solution as a game-changing RES that will facilitate the creation of a future carbon-negative energy system.
The SOLARX consortium met for the 2nd General Assembly in Freiburg, Germany on November 16 and 17. Hosted by Fraunhofer ISE, all project partners from