Solar Thermal Power Plants and Industrial Processes

Topics in the Buisness Area Solar Thermal Power Plants and Industrial Processes

We conduct research and development on the following topics:

In sunny regions, solar thermal power plants based on Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and equipped with large thermal storage units provide dispatchable electricity. Together with our partners, we are conducting research to further improve materials, coatings, components, collectors and systems, so that efficiency is increased and manufacturing costs are reduced. Thus, in 2020, Fraunhofer ISE presented a calibration and control system for heliostat arrays based on digital image processing. It allows the focal spot positions of many heliostats to be determined during  operation, in real time and cost-effectively, for the first time. We also optimize the quality and lifetime of components and have developed new reflector coatings for secondary reflectors in power towers, for example.

Thermal storage also offers great potential for industrial processes to become more efficient and energy flows to be designed more flexibly. In addition to specific storage solutions and energy-efficiency measures, we are working on integrating solar processing heat into the heat supply for industrial processes. We have developed a publicly accessible online tool for rapid techno-economic evaluation and presented it in workshops. 

The efficient conversion and transfer of heat is another focus of our work. We conduct research on the materials and components needed for efficient heat exchange. Questions of humidification and dehumidification form the link to our work on water treatment. Under commission to a Chilean mining company, we set up a processing sequence to separate solar salt from Chilean salpeter sols on a technical demonstration scale and demonstrated its continuous operation. 

Fraunhofer ISE possesses profound expertise in materials science, component design, characterization and testing procedures, modelling and simulation, systems control and systems development. The Institute can draw on many years of experience from projects on applications in solar-thermal power plants and in diverse industrial sectors.

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Peter Nitz

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Dr. Peter Nitz

Solar Thermal Power Plants and Industry Processes, Industry processes and Process Heat

Fraunhofer ISE
Heidenhofstr. 2
79110 Freiburg

Phone +49 761 4588-5410

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Gregor Bern

Concentrating Solar Collectors

Fraunhofer ISE
Heidenhofstr. 2
79110 Freiburg

Phone +49 761 4588-5906

Joachim Koschikowski

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Dr. Joachim Koschikowski

Water Treatment and Separation

Fraunhofer ISE
Heidenhofstr. 2
79110 Freiburg

Phone +49 761 4588-5294

Thomas Fluri

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Dr. Thomas Fluri

Thermal Energy Storage for Power Plants and Industry

Fraunhofer ISE
Heidenhofstr. 2
79110 Freiburg

Phone +49 761 4588-5994

Lena Schnabel

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Dr.-Ing. Lena Schnabel

Efficient Heat Exchangers

Fraunhofer ISE
Heidenhofstr. 2
79110 Freiburg

Phone +49 761 4588-5412

Scientific Publications - Business Area Solar Thermal Power Plants and Industrial Processes

 

Journal and Book Articles

YearTitle/AuthorDocument Type
2021Die Bedeutung solarer Prozesswärme in Europa: INSHIP
Nitz, P.; Fluch, J.; Guillen, E.
Journal Article
2021Comparison of RC-model and FEM-model for a PCM-plate storage including free convection
Neumann, H.; Gamisch, S.; Gschwander, S.
Journal Article
2021Improved Thermocline Initialization Through Optimized Inlet Design for Single-Tank Thermal Energy Storage Systems
Weiss, J.; Ortega-Fernández, I.; Müller, R.; Bielsa, D.; Fluri, T.
Journal Article
2021An integrated approach for the HCl and metals recovery from waste pickling solutions: Pilot plant and design operations
Gueccia, R.; Winter, D.; Randazzo, S.; Cipollina, A.; Koschikowski, J.; Micale, G.D.M.
Journal Article
2021Model-Based Evaluation of Air-Side Fouling in Closed-Circuit Cooling Towers
Nienborg, B.; Mathieu, M.; Schwärzler, A.; Conzelmann, K.; Schnabel, L.
Journal Article
2021Optimization of water management plans for CSP plants through simulation of water consumption and cost of treatment based on operational data
Rohani, S.; Went, J.; Duvenhage, D.F.; Gerards, R.; Wittwer, C.; Fluri, T.
Journal Article
2021The potential of raw material extraction from thermal brines - Successful milestones of the BrineMine project
Goldberg, V.; Winter, D.; Nietschke, F.; Rath, M.; Held, S.; Spitzmüller, L.; Budach, I.; Pavez, M.; Morata, D.; Koschikowski, J.; Kohl, T.
Journal Article
2021Selective silica removal in geothermal fluids: Implications for applications for geothermal power plant operation and mineral extraction
Spitzmüller, L.; Goldberg, V.; Held, S.; Grimmer, J.C.; Winter, D.; Genovese, M.; Koschikowski, J.; Kohl, T.
Journal Article
2021Storage capacity in dependency of supercooling and cycle stability of different PCM emulsions
Gschwander, S.; Niedermaier, S.; Gamisch, S.; Kick, M.; Klünder, F.; Haussmann, T.
Journal Article
2020Optimization of Solar Tower Molten Salt Cavity Receivers for Maximum Yield based on Annual Performance Assessment
Schöttl, P.; Bern, G.; Rooyen, D.W. van; Fernández Pretel, J.; Fluri, T.; Nitz, P.
Journal Article
2020Physical models of the bidirectional reflectance of solar receiver coatings
Bitterling, M.; Bern, G.; Wilson, H.R.; Heimsath, A.; Nitz, P.
Journal Article
2019Application of direct contact membrane distillation for saline dairy effluent treatment: Performance and fouling analysis
Abdelkader, S.; Gross, F.; Winter, D.; Went, J.; Koschikowski, J.; Geissen, S.U.; Bousselmi, L.
Journal Article
2019Characterization and Assessment of a Novel Plate and Frame MD Module for Single Pass Wastewater Concentration-FEED Gap Air Gap Membrane Distillation
Schwantes, Rebecca; Seger, Jakob; Bauer, Lorenz; Winter, Daniel; Hogen, Tobias; Koschikowski, Joachim; Geißen, Sven-Uwe
Journal Article
2019The effect of soiling on the reflectance of solar reflector materials - Model for prediction of incidence angle dependent reflectance and attenuation due to dust deposition
Heimsath, A.; Nitz, P.
Journal Article
2019Heat Transfer and Pressure Drop Correlations for Laminar Flow in an In-line and Staggered Array of Circular Cylinders
Fugmann, H.; Schnabel, L.; Frohnapfel, B.
Journal Article
2019HiPIMS and DC magnetron sputter-coated silver films for high-temperature durable reflectors
Gledhill, S.; Steyer, K.; Weiss, C.; Hildebrandt, C.
Journal Article
2019Multi-dimensional performance evaluation of heat exchanger surface enhancements
Fugmann, H.; Laurenz, E.; Schnabel, L.
Journal Article
2019Nexus approach to solar technology for energy and water supply for sustainable rural development in Egypt: A review
Wydra, K.; Jaskolski, M.; Wagner, L.; Mohamed, E.S.
Journal Article
2019Parallel in-situ Measurement of Heliostat Aim Points in Central Receiver Systems by Image Processing Methods
Bern, G.; Schöttl, P.; Rooyen, D.W. van; Heimsath, A.; Nitz, P.
Journal Article
2019Scattering and Specular Reflection of Solar Reflector Materials - Measurements and Method for Determine Solar Weighted Specular Reflectance
Heimsath, A.; Nitz, P.
Journal Article
2019Thermal stability enhancement of D-mannitol for latent heat storage applications
Neumann, H.; Burger, D.; Taftanazi, Y.; Alferez Luna, M.P.; Haussmann, T.; Hagelstein, G.; Gschwander, S.
Journal Article
2018Categorization of weathering stresses for photovoltaic modules
Köhl, M.; Heck, M.; Wiesmeier, S.
Journal Article
2018Confidence interval computation method for dynamic performance evaluations of solar thermal collectors
Zirkel-Hofer, A.; Perry, S.; Kramer, K.; Heimsath, A.; Scholl, S.; Platzer, W.
Journal Article
2018Cycling stability of D-mannitol when used as phase change material for thermal storage applications
Neumann, H.; Niedermaier, S.; Gschwander, S.; Schossig, P.
Journal Article
2018Detailed Yield Analysis and Optimisation of BIPV Systems by Simulation
Eisenlohr, J.
Journal Article
2018Development of highly efficient, glazed PVT collectors with overheating protection to increase reliability and enhance energy yields
Lämmle, M.; Hermann, M.; Kramer, K.; Panzer, C.; Piekarczyk, A.; Thoma, C.; Fahr, S.
Journal Article
2018Efficient modeling of variable solar flux distribution on solar tower receivers by interpolation of few discrete representations
Schöttl, P.; Bern, G.; Rooyen, D. van; Flesch, J.; Fluri, T.; Nitz, P.
Journal Article
2018Life Cycle Assessment of Thermal Energy Storage Materials and Components
Nienborg, B.; Gschwander, S.; Munz, G.; Fröhlich, D.; Helling, T.; Horn, R.; Weinläder, H.; Klinker, F.; Schossig, P.
Journal Article
2018Sektorenkopplung und Systemintegration. The Next Big Thing für die Energiewende
Georg, R.; Henning, H.-M.
Journal Article
2018Techno-economic comparison of membrane distillation and MVC in a zero liquid discharge application
Schwantes, R.; Chavan, K.; Winter, D.; Felsmann, C.; Pfafferott, J.
Journal Article
2017Approaches for the optimized control of solar thermally driven cooling systems
Nienborg, B.; Dalibard, A.; Schnabel, L.; Eicker, U.
Journal Article
2017Comparative analysis of full-scale membrane distillation contactors - methods and modules
Winter, D.; Koschikowski, J.; Gross, F.; Maucher, D.; Düver, D.; Jositz, M.; Mann, T.; Hagedorn, A.
Journal Article
2017Development of photochromic device with magnetron sputtered titanium dioxide and tungsten trioxide films
Bogati, S.; Basnet, R.; Graf, W.; Georg, A.
Journal Article
2017Membrane and spacer evaluation with respect for future module design in membrane distillation
Hagedorn, A.; Fieg, G.; Winter, D.; Koschikowski, J.; Grabowski, A.; Mann, T.
Journal Article
2017Modelling and simulation of parabolic trough plants based on real operating data
Rohani, S.; Fluri, T.; Dinter, F.; Nitz, P.
Journal Article
2017A photoactive layer in photochromic glazing
Hočevar, M.; Bogati, S.; Georg, A.; Opara Krašoveca, U.
Journal Article
2017PVT collector technologies in solar thermal systems: A systematic assessment of electrical and thermal yields with the novel characteristic temperature approach
Lämmle, M.; Oliva, A.; Hermann, M.; Kramer, K.; Kramer, W.
Journal Article
2017Thermal performance of a solar box cooker with outer reflectors: Numerical study and experimental investigation
Guidara, Z.; Souissi, M.; Morgenstern, A.; Maalej, A.
Journal Article
2017TOPAs, an IoT driven framework for energy efficiency in buildings
Lesecq, S.; Louvel, M.; Ploennigs, J.; Rea, S.; Rehault, N.; Wystrcil, D.; McGibney, A.
Journal Article
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Lectures and Conference Papers

YearTitle/AuthorDocument Type
2021Chancen für den Einsatz konzentrierender Kollektoren in Mitteleuropa
Krüger, D.; Fischer, S.; Nitz, P.; Labairu, J.I.
Conference Paper
2021Deep Learning vs. Classical Modeling of Processes for Fault Detection in Industrial Heating-Cooling Systems
Garcia Rosas, K.R.; Zimmer, M.; Nebel, B.
Conference Paper
2021Farbige gebäudeintegrierte solarthermische Kollektoren mit hohem Wirkungsgrad
Wessels, A.
Conference Paper
20195 W Optical Power Link with Generic Voltage Output and Modulated Data Signal: Presentation held at 1st Optical Wireless and Fiber Power Transmission Conference 2019, Yokohama, Japan, 23.04.2019-25.04.2019
Haid, M.; Armbruster, C.; Derix, D.; Schöner, C.; Helmers, H.
Presentation
2019Aktive solare Gebäudehülle zur dezentralen Energieerzeugung in Gebäuden: Vortrag gehalten beim 2. Kongress Energiewendebauen 2019, Berlin, 28. und 29. Januar 2019
Kuhn, T.
Presentation
2019Experimental Assessment of Simultaneous In-Situ Heliostats Calibration Methodology HelioControl at Themis Facility
Bern, G.; Bitterling, M.; Schöttl, P.; Ferriere, A.; Volut, Y.; Heimsath, A.; Nitz, P.
Conference Paper
2019Linear Fresnel Collector Mirrors - Measured Systematic Surface Errors and their Impact on the Focal Line
Heimsath, A.; Schöttl, P.; Bern, G.; Nitz, P.
Conference Paper
2019Measuring and Modelling the BRDF of Solar Receiver Paints
Bitterling, M.; Bern, G.; Schöttl, P.; Gledhill, S.; Wilson, H.R.; Heimsath, A.; Nitz, P.
Conference Paper
2019Monitoring of Soiling with the AVUS Instrument - Technical and Economic Assessment
Heimsath, A.; Schmidt, T.; Rohani, S.; Haack, L.; Meyer, R.; Steinmetz, J.; Nitz, P.
Conference Paper
2019Optimized Mirror Cleaning Strategies in PTC Plants Reducing the Water Consumption and the Levelized Cost of cleaning
Rohani, S.; Abdelnabi, N.; Fluri, T.; Heimsath, A.; Wittwer, C.; Pérez Ainsua, J.C.
Conference Paper
2019Performance Assessment of a Secondary Concentrator for Solar Tower External Receivers
Schöttl, P.; Zoschke, T.; Frantz, C.; Gilon, Y.; Heimsath, A.; Fluri, T.
Conference Paper
2019Solar Field Heliostat Selection Based on Polygon Optimization and Boundaries
Schöttl, P.; Rohani, S.; Leonardi, E.; Pisani, L.; Les, I.; Mutuberria, A.; Nitz, P.
Conference Paper
2019Techno-Economic Assessment of New Material Developments in Central Receiver Solar Power Plants
Zoschke, T.; Frantz, C.; Schöttl, P.; Fluri, T.; Uhlig, R.
Conference Paper
2019Validation of Thermocline Storage Model with Experimental Data of a Laboratory-Scale Molten Salt Test Facility
Zoschke, T.; Karl, M.; Fluri, T.; Müller, R.
Conference Paper
2018Der Beitrag der Solarthermie für die Wärmewende - Aktuelle Studien: Vortrag gehalten auf den Berliner Energietagen, Berlin, Germany, 07.05.2018-09.05.2018
Henning, H.-M.
Presentation
2018Compact Heat Exchanger Designs in Air-Cooled Condensers: Advantages and Drawbacks: Presentation held at Reduction of Water Consumption in CSP Plants - 2nd International Conference hosted by the Horizon 2020 project MinWaterCSP, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 7-8 November 2018
Fugmann, H.
Presentation
2018In Situ Characterization of Thermal Collectors in Field Installations
Fahr, S.; Gumbel, U.; Zirkel-Hofer, A.; Kramer, K.
Conference Paper
2018Kostenreduzierung von solarthermischen Systemen durch kombinierte technisch-wirtschaftliche Optimierung - Projekt TEWIsol
Kramer, W.; Oliva, A.; Diels, F.; Tönnes, C.
Conference Paper
2018Künstliche Intelligenz für die kostengünstige und energetisch optimierte Regelung von Heizungsanlagen: Vortrag gehalten bei GET Nord, Hamburg, Germany, 23.11.2018
Kramer, W.
Presentation
2018Künstliche Intelligenz für die Regelung solarthermischer Heizungsanlagen
Kramer, W.; Bitterling, M.
Conference Paper
2018Organic PVT - A Novel Hybrid Collector Combining Organic Photovoltaics and Polymer Absorbers
Lämmle, M.; Hernandez Gonzalez, H.; Li, C.; Meir, M.; Piekarczyk, A.; Pitta Bauermann, L.; Rekstad, J.
Conference Paper
2018Quellenseitig in Wärmepumpen-Heizsystem integrierte PVT-Kollektoren - Experimentelle Messungen am Einzelmodul und am Gesamtsystem
Schmidt, C.; Schäfer, A.; Thoma, C.; Rajkiran Jayachandran, E.; Lämmle, M.; Geimer, K.; Kramer, K.
Conference Paper
2018Solarthermie in der Städtischen Energieversorgung - Energiewirtschaftliche Analyse und Quartier Freiburg-Gutleutmatten: Vortrag gehalten bei den Berliner Energietagen, Berlin, Germany, 06.05.2018-08.05.2018
Herkel, S.
Presentation
2018Techno-Economic Evaluation and Optimization of CSP Plants with ColSimCSP: Presentation held at 1st Reduction of Water Consumption in CSP Plants - New Approaches in Mirror Cleaning, Cooling & Simulations, Marrakech, Morocco, 23.04.2018
Rohani, S.; Fluri, T.; Zoschke, T.
Presentation
2018Wire Structure Heat Exchangers: Compact Designs for Efficient Heat Transport: Presentation held at Reduced Water Consumption in CSP Plants - International Conference by MinWaterCSP, Marrakech, Morocco, 24-25 April 2018
Fugmann, H.; Zapke, A.
Presentation
2017Abgedeckter PVT-Kollektor mit Low-e-Beschichtung und Belüftung als Überhitzungsschutz
Lämmle, M.; Panzer, C.; Hermann, M.
Conference Paper
2017Analysis of Wind Direction and Speed Measurements in Arid Region - A Site Evaluation Using Data with Low Temporal Resolution
Klimm, E.; Guischard, F.; Weiss, K.-A.
Conference Paper
2017Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) for the Prediction of Local Outside Temperatures and Solar Yields
Kramer, W.; Bitterling, M.
Conference Paper
2017Assessing suitable fields of application for PVT collectors with the characteristic temperature approach
Lämmle, M.; Kramer, K.; Hermann, M.
Conference Paper
2017CFD-Simulation des Kondensationsverhaltens und Fremdstoffertrages in solarthermischen Kollektoren und Vergleich mit realen Degradationserscheinungen
Weiß, K.A.
Conference Paper
2017Charakteristischer Temperaturansatz für die Auslegung und Optimierung von PVT- und Solarthermie-Systemen
Lämmle, M.; Hermann, M.
Conference Paper
2017Evaluation of different operating strategies to integrate storage in a linear fresnel ORC power plant
Zoschke, Theda; Seubert, Bernhard; Fluri, Thomas
Conference Paper
2017Experimental results from a laboratory-scale molten salt thermocline storage
Seubert, Bernhard; Müller, Ralf; Willert, Daniel; Fluri, Thomas
Conference Paper
2017Gebäude mit überwiegend solarer Energieversorgung: Vortrag gehalten bei den Berliner Energietagen, Berlin, Germany, 03.-05. Mai 2017
Kramer, W.; Drück, H.; Steinweg, J.
Presentation
2017Metal-organic frameworks for air conditioning: Presentation held at 2nd European Conference on Metal Organic Frameworks and Porous Polymers, EuroMOF 2017, Delft, The Netherlands, October 29th to November 1st, 2017
Ernst, S.; Morgenstern, A.; Fröhlich, D.; Hügenell, P.; Bart, H.; Henninger, S.
Presentation
2017Neue Ansätze zur Kostenreduzierung von solarthermischen Systemen - Projekt TEWIsol
Kramer, W.
Conference Paper
2017Optimierte Regelung von thermisch getriebenen Kühlsystemen - Simulation und Praxistest
Nienborg, B.; Schnabel, L.; Singler, J.; Dalibard, A.; Gürlich, D.
Conference Paper
2017Parabolic trough receiver heat loss and optical efficiency round robin
Pernpeintner, J.; Schiricke, B.; Sallaberry, F.; Jalon, A.G. de; López-Martín, R.; Valenzuela, L.; Luca, A. de; Georg, A.
Conference Paper
2017Quellenseitig in Wärmepumpe-Heizsysteme eingebundene Kollektoren - Definition von Anforderungen und Bewertung von Rechenmodellen sowie Messverfahren zur Modellkalibrierung
Schmidt, C.; Lämmle, M.; Kramer, K.
Conference Paper
2017Solare Energieversorgungskonzepte für Wohngebäude - Messtechnischen Analysen zum Betriebsverhalten und Bewertungsverfahren für die Strom- und Wärmeversorgung: Zusammenfassung
Oliva, A.; Bestenlehner, D.; Drück, H.; Bockelmann, F.; Peter, M.
Conference Paper
2017Solare Wärmeversorgung von Quartieren: Vortrag gehalten bei den Berliner Energietagen, Berlin, Germany, 03.-05. Mai 2017
Scholte, C.; Kramer, W.; Bestenlehner, D.; Orozaliev, J.
Presentation
This publication list has been generated from the publication database Fraunhofer-Publica.