Polyphem – Small-Scale Solar Thermal Combined Cycle (Gas Turbine/ORC)

Duration: April 2018 - März 2022
Contracting Authority/ Sponsors: European Union, Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme
Project Partners: CNRS PROMES, CEA, CIEMAT, ARRAELA SL, KÄFER Isoliertechnik GmbH & Co.KG, Orcan Energy GmbH,   Euronovia, Aalborg CSP AS
Website: https://www.polyphem-project.eu
Project Focus:
Polyphem - Project Concept
© Polyphem
Power plant concept

POLYPHEM aims at improving the flexibility and the performance of small-scale Concentrated Solar Power plants, thanks to a solar-driven micro gas-turbine technology. As a final result, the project will build a 60 kW prototype plant with a 2 MWh thermal storage unit and will validate this innovative power cycle in a relevant environment (TRL 5).

Fraunhofer ISE main contributions:

  • System integration
  • System simulation and optimization
  • Performance assessment