DISOPED - DIgital twin analysis of SOlar Parabolic trough collector plant to scale to higher powers for the integration into Electrical Distribution network

Priority topic: 
Next Generation of Central Receiver Plants with molten sal receiver
Additional Call 2021
Project summary: 

DISOPED consortium is formed by Turkish and Spanish partners. It aims to:

1. Development of Digital twin: Scalable CSP digital twin will be developed by Plataforma Solar de Almería (PSA-CIEMAT).

2. Development of test-tool of CSP and THS in the electrical grid: 5 layers of digital twin structure is considered for development of digital twin test tool (DTTT) to enable services to start-stop operation, power electronics interactions, monitoring, life-time estimation, and failure prediction. These layers include the physical layer, data layer, mechanism layer, presentation layer, and interaction layer.

3. Investigate the CSP and THS subsystems usage in both electrical and thermal grid. The proposed digital twin, composed by the CSP and THS modules, will be monitored and test within the indicated electrical grid and with an interface with thermal grid.


Economic & Technical Impacts of the project

  • Contribution to the deployment feasibility of CSP: Since the design basis of the up-scaling TCP-100 plant, additional requirements such as redundancies, operation & maintenance issues, new modes of operation and manageability among them will be identified
  • Decrease the cost of energy: Since the project will analyze the optimum system requirement for the large-scale deployment of CSP, the energy of cost will be optimized and reduced according to the grid and environmental limitations.
  • Reduce the nonrenewable energy resources in the grid: Many EU countries rely on nonrenewable energy resources for fulfilling the electricity needs. Therefore, by increasing the CSP integration, this dependency will be minimized, increasing at the same time the energy security. Nonrenewable energy resources including coal or natural gas will be replaced with CSP.
  • Deliver competitive test tool for CSP after the end of the project: The target of DISOPED is to develop a test tool for CSP feasibility in a real network demonstrating the feasibility with experiments in the TCP-100 facility that replicates locally the requested behavior

  • Analyze the new business models for the further promotion of CSP technology: The implementation of the proposed solutions will analyze the CSP in a real distribution grid with real problems (e.g. grid congestion issues, saturation problems) by actively controlling the CSP with energy storage systems (THS).

  • Developing lower Global Warming Potential (GWP) alternatives for grid energy storage: Currently available options for grid storage is relies on batteries which have 3000 to 5000 cycles for high end lithium batteries. CSP technology can be promoted to decrease its GWP with high temperature thermal energy storage.

GDZ Elektrik Dagitim
Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT) Plataforma Solar de Almería
Unda Engineering