This project has received funding from the European Union's H2020 programme under Grant Agreement No. 792073.
HyCool: Industrial Cooling through Hybrid system based on solar heat, is a project co-funded by the European Union, related to the “LCE-12-2017 (IA): Near-to-market solutions for the use of solar heat in industrial processes” call, starting on May 2018 with a duration of 36 Months and a budget of 7.74 M€.
Objectives and Methodology
Our main mission is increasing the current use of Solar Heat in Industry Processes, and to do so the project proposes the coupling of a new Fresnel CSP Solar thermal collectors (FCSP) system with specially build Hybrid Heat Pumps (HHP) – a “two-in one” combination of adsorption and compressor based heat pumps –
For a wider output temperature range (Solar Heating & Cooling –SHC-), and a wide range of design and operational configurations to increase the potential implementation of the proposed Solar Heat in industrial environments.
• Hybrid sorption/compression system: A hybrid sorption/compression chiller exploits both thermal energy, either from waste heat or renewable sources, and electrical energy, to deliver cooling energy at high electrical efficiency. The system comprises a sorption module, whose evaporator cools down the condenser of a vapor compression chiller, thus enhancing the achievable electrical COP.
• Solar steam generation: The Concentrating solar collectors consists of long narrow mirror strips, which are pivot-mounted on a base plate over their full length. The control logic operates the actuator in such a way that it aligns and orients all the mirror strips continuously according to the position of the sun. The angles of the individual mirror strips are chosen in such a way that the sun light is focused onto the receiver during the whole day.
The system integration and hydraulic concept defines the possibilities of the energy flow.
Based on that, an overriding energy management can be engineered to optimize the system utilization and performance.
To avoid downtimes or unused excess energy it is advisable to integrate all relevant heat loads to the solar heat source.
Depending on how the accumulation of heat load profiles overlays with the availability of solar energy additional storage capacities are required.
For hot water or superheated water a conventional buffer tank or PCM-storage tank can be used.
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Start date: 1 May 2018 - End date: 30 April 2021