LEITAT is a Technological Centre specialized in production technologies. LEITAT develops R&D activities in the areas of materials sciences, surface treatments, renewable energies, product and process design, advanced manufacturing: AM/3DP and robotics, environment, and biotechnologies with deep knowledge and experience in technological transfers to several industrial sectors. LEITAT takes part each year in many projects financed by the regional and national governments, participates in projects co-funded by the European Commission, and develops private R&D projects funded by industrial partners.

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LEITAT takes care of the general coordination at technical and administrative level of IN-POWER. Also, it is responsible for the baseline of materials, components and models, participates in the optical characterisation of the IN-POWER mirrors and in the chemical and physical characterization of TES materials.

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R&D Coordination: Mónice Della
Project Manager: Emilie Mespoulhes
Dissemination Manager: Max Viallon

KOLZER is a SME with 65 years experience in design and manufacturing of advanced vacuum coating machine for PVD, Plasma, Sputtering, Metallization and PECVD. Today it has a strong and well-established position as a leader in the European and world markets, the existence of more than 1000 KOLZER plants are testimony of this. KOLZER develops functional nanostructured coatings, with manufacturing processes that are ecological, simple and at the same time economical. KOLZER produce systems for industry in order to carry out the automation and feasibility of innovative processes, perfectly repeatable and obtaining superior levels of quality.

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The main aim is to improve and optimize solar reflectors in terms of specular reflectance. Kolzer will develop in its R&D Lab the activities and processes to improve the vacuum coating with the strict cooperation with the partners of consortium.

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IK4-TEKNIKER is a technological centre that aims at the development and transfer of technology to improve the competitiveness of industry. In line with its missions and origins, IK4-TEKNIKER not only provides companies with technological support, but is also involved in generating new business initiatives, which are usually technological and, often, “spin offs” of the centre itself. Since the early nineties, IK4-TEKNIKER has been involved in setting up around twenty new business initiatives to a greater or lesser extent. IK4-TEKNIKER is specialized in in surface engineering, maintenance and reliability, removable energy engineering, intelligent systems, micro and nanotechnologies, mechatronics and advanced production technologies.

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IK4-TEKNIKER will be responsible for the design, fabrication and evaluation of the performance of solar selective coatings. Two different coatings have to be design: one to work in evacuated tubes for molten salts PTC and another one to work in non-vacuum LFC receivers (with inner gas). Coatings will be fabricated by magnetron sputtering in small samples to tailor the optical properties (absorbance and emissivity) at the working temperature of the receivers (550-600°C).

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Javier Barriga (Head of the Surface Physics and Technology Unit)
Amaya Igartua (Head of the Tribology Unit)

ENEA is the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development. The Agency operates to support competitiveness and sustainable development and is mainly called upon to promote and carry out basic and applied research and innovation technology activities through prototypes and product industrialization, to transfer technologies, and to provide high-tech services. The Department for energy technology thermal and thermodynamics solar energy division has more than 10 years’ experience in the application of solar radiation in CSP systems for heat and power production, including materials research, techno-economic system analyses, feasibility and market studies, engineering, plant operation simulation and performance prediction, plant construction, and solar field design.

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In the IN-POWER project ENEA will be mainly involved in wp7, and, in particular, as responsible of two tasks. The former is related to the testing and validation of optimized absorber coatings in evacuated tubes, the latter is concerned with an experimental campaign to verify the performances of innovative HTF/HSM materials for CSP plants. In both cases ENEA will make available its experimental testing rigs, namely, the PCS and MOSE facilities, described below.

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Dr. Walter Gaggioli (Electrical Engineer)
Ing. Giampaolo Caputo (Chemical Engineer)
Dr. Giovanni Salvatore Sau (Chemist)

VOTTELER is working on coatings for wood, plastic, PVD layers, aluminium, glass and other interior and exterior with over 340 employees all over the world. VOTTELER has a long term experience and a dedicated development department overseeing in providing protective and enhanced coating for surfaces in variety of the industrial application from furniture and cars to ships, aircraft and even musical instruments. The company line of works also includes solvent-based, water-based and solvent-free products. In addition to range of stains and natural systems, offering a complete portfolio of coatings to its customers.

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VOTTELER is responsible for developing a PU casting material for the production on RIM- machines in combination with injection moulding, fulfilling all specification ask for on silver – PVD – layer.

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Dr. Nowotny (R&D)
Dr. Düsterhöft (R&D)

NEMATIA Technologies, SL is a technology-based pyme (Spanish term for small and medium-sized enterprise, SME) which offers design and technical engineering services. We focus on: Conception R&D, Design of Products, Production of Prototypes, Design and Construction of Moulds & Tools, Official Endorsements, and Additional Services.

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Nematia will take care of the following tasks: Design & develop a multicoated polymeric smart light mirror with high optical and mechanical performance, New complex materials for optimized mirror structure, and Innovative solar field design architecture improving the design of existing solar plants reducing its size for the same output including the modelling of the design.

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Juan Manuel Donaire (R&D Director)
Alejandro Donaire (Executive Director)

The CEA is the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, a public body established in October 1945. Liten (Laboratory for Innovation in New Energy Technologies and Nanomaterials) is an institute forming part of the CEA’s Technological Research Division. It is one of Europe’s leading research centres in the new energy technology field. It works to support the nation’s efforts to diversify its energy mix through more effective use of renewables, in particular to meet energy requirements in transport and housing and to help French businesses gain a competitive edge. Liten’s research activities are focused on renewable energy sources (solar energy, biomass), energy efficiency (vehicles, low-energy buildings, hydrogen technology, thermal energy storage, etc.) and, lastly, high-performance materials for energy applications.

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CEA will explore two innovative approaches of high temperature storage systems for CSP plants, which are on one hand a thermocline tank with high molten salts and encapsulated PCM (aluminum alloys) at the top of the tank to maintain a constant temperature during discharge, and in the other hand a combination of latent heat storage with sodium nitrate and high temperature molten salt storage for direct steam generation CSP plants.

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Pierre Garcia (R&D Engineer)
Raphael Couturier (R&D Engineer)

OHL Group is an international Contracting, Concessions, Engineering and Construction Group, with a history spanning over more than 100 years. The company has more than 23,000 employees, a turnover of € 4.4 billion in 2015 and presence in 30 countries across all five continents. The OHL Group is presently ranked the 31st among the 225 largest international contractors, and the 11th company in infrastructure concessions, and in Concessions its ranked 9th Global Investor in PPP partnerships Projects. OHLI has a wide range of integral services for Power Generation Projects, and relies on a team of reputable engineers with accumulated experience in thermal Power Generation and in renewable energies.

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OHLI will work in several activities: Implementation and functionalization of new materials for its application in new mirror supporting structures and LFC multi-tube receivers, Validation in plant and performance assessment of the new materials: polymeric mirrors, mirror supporting structure and receiver, and LCOE calculation.

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Ricardo Muñoz Rodríguez (R&D Leader)
María José Herrero Vega (Project Manager)

Geocad H2V SL is a technology-based SME which offers design and Construction of injection/compression moulds. We focus on: Design and Construction of moulds & Tools, Design of Products, Production of Prototypes moulds & tools, Second stage services for Asian toolmakers in Europe,and other services (Reverse engineering).

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The first main task is to support Nematia for the plastic part design regarding the injection moulds and moulding process. The second includes the development and manufacturing of injection test moulds to evaluate the possibility for serial moulds.The last is to mould the thermoplastic substrate and protect the pre-formed part with a further manufacturing step to evaluate the possibility for a serial production.

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David HONTORIA (General Manager)/em>
Patxi SARRATEA (Project Manager)
Ander HEKNEBY (Administrative Director)

Fertiberia is a leader fertiliser Company in the EU. Its constant growth is based on three main pillars: internazionalization, diversification and R&D+i. Fertiberia Group owns factories in Spain, Portugal and Algeria. The research activity covers industrial, agricultural and environmental projects. Improving efficiency in both energy and raw materials consumption and a positive impact on the environment as well as the development of new production technologies, production processes are carried out from the Technical Department. The R&D + i Department’s main objective is to expand the range of products offered by Fertiberia to market and adapt to changes required by new crop techniques, introduced species and the agricultural and environmental policies to thereby helping to achieve the commercial and enterprise market objectives while maintaining the principles of sustainability and rationalization of fertilization.

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Fertiberia’s role in the project is the development and supply of the salt formulations adapted to the specific needs of the project. Fertiberia, as a major salt producer in EU, has participated in different projects related to thermal storage, one in collaboration with companies specialized in this area as Abengoa and others in different consortiums. In this moment, Fertiberia owns four formulations, one with a melting temperature lower than 110°C and it is collaborating in different renewable energy projects with industrial operators and Universities.

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Francisca Galindo Paniagua (Chemical Engineer and Mathematician)
Adrian Caraballo Franco (Chemical Engineer)
Chemical Engineer (Chemical Engineer)