Beijing, China, September 2014
OPTS at 20th SolarPACES Conference
The OPTS consortium was present at the conference, with works describing the research development during the period from the end of 2013 to 2014. In particular, the following work are to be mentioned: Gaggioli et al. (ENEA) presented a paper titled "Experimental validation of the innovative thermal energy storage based on an integrated system storage tank/steam generator"; Rodriguez-Garcia et al. (CIEMAT) an article regarding "Components test device with molten salt at high temperature and pressure", which has eventually been published in "Energy Procedia"; Tizzoni et al. (ENEA) prepared a poster concerning wp2 activities, "Thermal fluid for integrated CSP storage system: thermo-physical, stability and compatibility study on a molten nitrates binary mixture".
Hong Kong, September 21-22, 2014
2014 International Conference on Green Materials and Environmental Engineering (GMEE2014).
This conference, which will be held from September 21-22, 2014, Hong Kong. The goal of this conference is to bring researchers, engineers, and students to the areas of Green Materials and Environmental Engineering to share experiences and original research contributions on those topics.
All the papers accepted by GMEE2014 will be published in the International Journal "Advanced Materials Research (ISSN: 1662-8985)" and indexed by EI Compendex and ISTP. Excellent papers will be selected and published on SCI and EI journals.
Beijing, China, 16-19 September, 2014
Solarpaces 2014
Next 20th SolarPACES Conference. ENEA, along with others OPTS partners, will be present at the conference with works describing the research development during the period from the end of 2013 to 2014.
Madrid , Spain 9-10 April 2013
OPTS Madrid meeting
The meeting was held in order to update the project activities before the mid-term report.
July 2013
OPTS mid-term periodic report
At the end of July 2013 was completed and submitted the mid- term report of the project. A short summary of the developed work is reported here.
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, September 2013
OPTS contribution to Solar Paces 2013
The OPTS project was consistently represented at the last solar paces meeting held the 17th-20th September 2013. ENEA presented a paper: "An innovative concept of a Thermal Energy Storage system based on the single tank configuration using stratifying Molten Salts as both HSM and HTF, and with an integrated Steam Generator". The ENEA's authors are: W. Gaggioli, F. Fabrizi, F. Fontana, P. Tarquini, L. Rinaldi. Seubert, on behalf of Fraunhofer-ISE, illustrated a work entitled titled "Thermocline Storage with integrated Steam generator". CIEMAT was present with four papers: "Study of thermocline tank performance in dynamic processes and standby" (Rojas, Bayon), "Analytical Description Of Thermocline Tank Performance In Dynamic Processes And Stand-By Periods" (Rojas, Bayon), "Effect of storage medium properties in the performance of thermocline tanks" (Rojas, Bayon, Rivas), "Cfd Analysis Of A Molten Salt Tank With Integrated Steam Generator" (in collaboration with ENEA, Rojas, Rivas, Gaggioli, Rinaldi, Fabrizi). Finally, Motte, from CNRS-PROMES, presented a paper entitled "Numerical investigation of a structured thermocline storage tank using vitrified waste as filler materials" (other authors: Bugler Lamb, Falcoz, Py).
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 17-20 September 2013
Solarpaces 2013
ENEA will present to the International conference a paper titled: "An innovative concept of a Thermal Energy Storage system based on the single tank configuration using stratifying Molten Salts as both HSM and HTF, and with an integrated Steam Generator". The ENEA's authors are: W. Gaggioli, F. Fabrizi, F. Fontana, P. Tarquini, L. Rinaldi. The proposed TES system uses the sensible heat of its storage medium (a mixture of 60% NaNO3 and 40% KNO3, whose melting point is at about 240°C). Its operation is based on the molten salt thermal stratification due to difference in density with temperature and its low thermal conductivity. It has been already verified that this stratification can be maintained quite constant for several hours without mixing. However, the presence of the integrated SG becomes the active principle that produces the stratification during the time. The single tank system with molten salt stratification is by itself an important improvement in terms of efficiency, reliability and cost reduction, with respect to a two-tank thermal storage system. In the present report is presented the state of art of this new technology.
Rabat, Morocco , 4-5 June 2013
During a visit in Morocco (Fès, Rabat), prof. Flavio Fontana had the opportunity to meet a group of professors of the Department of Physics - Faculty of Sciences in the University Mohammed V - Agdal, Rabat. A short overview on project perspectives, advanced ICT applications and modelling has been done about the CSP technology in relation to the MATS Project. Particular attention to the system analysis, simulation of distributed and heterogeneous virtual components concerning the Cyber Enterprise for Solar Thermodynamics Applications.
Sofia, Bulgaria 29-30 May 2013
9th South-East European Congress & Exhibition on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
At the Inter EXPO Center of Sofia was held the SEE 2013 Conference. This event conforms that South-East Europe is a part of the global green revolution. Nearly 300 billion euros will be invested by 2020 in regional energy infrastructure, which will boost the economy by developing the bio-, wind-, solar-, geothermal- and hydro energy. The Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EE & RE) field confirmed that the South-East European region is an attractive market for investors. In this context ENEA has attended to the EXPO to meet the most important European companies and research institutes. In particular, Chinese and Bulgarian experts have been contacted into their stands where they have showed technologies and innovative solutions. In Sofia the commercial attaché of the Italian Embassy was also contacted to introduce the MATS project, the Cyber Enterprise technology applied to the CSP, the communication tools, the ENEA e-learning platforms and courses.
Nicosia, Cyprus 12th December 2012
In consideration of the success of the previous meeting and the Summer Workshop in Brussels of June 2012, ESTELA organized the 4th STE Industry Forum in cooperation with the Cyprus Institute and its EWACC conference, where ENEA, by the Eng. Fabrizio Fabrizi, took part offering an opportunity of discussion on the MATS CSP Technology, and giving a valid support to the industrial need.
Palermo, Italy, 18-19th September 2012
ANEST Conference
ANEST and FRED (Regional Forum for Distributed Energy) had organized this meeting at Palermo to discuss on the "Sicilian energetic pattern as an occasion of development in Europe and in the Mediterranean Area", where at the presence of the Commissioner ENEA Eng. G.Lelli, there was given particular relevance to the Archimede project, very important in the CPS research and in MATS and OPTS projects activities.
The first day was dedicated to the supplied energy and the citizens behaviour, therefore to the public administration and the industry for the Sicilian energetic pattern. The second day was dedicated to Sicily as the isle of the Solar Thermodinamc Power and to an agreement called "Carta del Sole" for the energy between Territory and Industry.
Marrakech, Morocco, 11-14th September 2012
SolarPACES Symposium 2012
news1In "The SolarPACES 2012" the foremost symposium in CPS, took part ENEA by the Eng. Fabrizio Fabrizi. ENEA presented an overview on the European projects (MATS, OPTS and CESTA) to the leading world experts. The Conference, offered in depth a scientific programme, where main experts in technology, politics, market and financing had discussed on recent research results and on the future of Concentrating Solar Energy.
Palermo, Italy, 27th July 2012
Meeting at ENEA in Palermo
news1Eng. Flavio Fontana, within the OPTS and MATS Projects, took part to a meeting organized by ENEA at its Palermo Headquarter where applicative and operative communication aspects, based on the Web Technologies, including the use of e-learning platform, were discussed. In this context had been showed the real experiences to the CESTA project.

Palermo, Italy, 26th July 2012
Meeting to the Palermo University
news1Eng. Fabrizio Fabrizi, within the Project OPTS, took part in a meeting at the University of Palermo where, in the next time, a new CSP Experimental Area should be dedicated to build a Demonstrator Plant for didactical activity towards students and local SMEs. The technical discussion, including theoretical and methodological approaches, integrated the traditional lecturers with a real time scientific experience.

Madrid, Spain, 4th July 2012
SFERA Annual Meeting
news1Eng. Fabrizio Fabrizi of ENEA attended the Annual Meeting of the Project SFERA (Solar Facilities for the European Research Area) where other partners of that Project took part, such as CIEMAT (Spain), CNRS (France), PSI (Switzerland), Weizmann Institute (Israel). The discussions on methodological aspects and applications relating to CSP technology had been of considerable interest in connection with the MATS and OPTS projects. In particular the discussion was focused on the thermal energy storage, that is a key feature of concentrating solar power facilities.
Denver, Colorado, USA, 21-29th June 2012
EDMEDIA World Conference
news1This is an International Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications organized by di AACE (Association for the advancement of Computing in Education ) where prof. Flavio Fontana took part last June 2012 to show a "Presentation on the Mobile QS Application" connected to the OPTS and MATS projects applied to the e-learning courses. In this occasion of discussion on research, development of new way to visualize multimedia didactical contents, prof. Fontana showed several e-learning aspects about the advanced visual interface with a Mobile QS Application (Query Interface) connected to the OPTS and MATS projects.
La Pelanda (ex Mattatoio) Rome, 6-8th Juny 2012
WORKSHOP at "La Pelanda" Rome
news1This workshop is dedicated to the ICT & ActiveAgeing: projects and new technologies to develop and sustain e-Health and the active ageing in the frame of the European Project "AgeingWell" powered by the UE ICT Policy Support Programme. The main purpose of this Project is the creation and the function of an European network on the welfare of the aging life and its improvement by ICT Solutions. In this occasion eng. Fabrizi took part during the Session 'Science and Innovation for the Development', devoted to the technological innovation and its contributions to the improvement of standard life in the towns and to development. The presentation, based on the Website of the OPTS and MATS Projects, showed how an Italian idea will contribute to the development of a new renewable energy chain through the building of a plant in Egypt. Particular attention has been devoted to the job opportunities that this kind of projects offer. Moreover, thanks to the presence of the engineer Anna Moreno, either the News site and the e-learning platform of the Energies School have been presented as a reference to the formative themes in the innovation field.
Verona, Italy, 10th May 2012
Solar EXPO' 2012
news1This is one of the most important meeting on the Solar Power in the world, where technical officers discuss about related market, its potentiality, and technological solar applications. In this context an important meeting devoted to Thermodynamic Solar Power had been attended by partners and participants to OPTS and MATS projects, where either technological and political-economical problems connected to Thermodynamic Solar Energy have been discussed in depth.
Athens, Greece, 12th December 2011
CSP Workshop on Solar Energy
news1The EASAC's 10th Anniversary a Workshop on Solar Energy (CSP) has been held in Athens , at the Academy of Athens, at 9-12 December 2011. The Workshop was held to consider developments in Concentrating Solar Power across Europe and their potential application in Greece and Cyprus, as well as to mark the EASAC's 10th anniversary. In this frame eng. Fabrizio Fabrizi presented OPTS Project, showing either the main lines of the Project and its innovative aspects on the Concentrated Solar Energy Power (CSP).
Brussels, Italy, 18th January 2011
Kick-off Meeting of the OPTS Project
news1The Kick-off Meeting of the MATS Project, has been organized in Brussels at ENEA's Headquarter, where the representative of project�s partners with Dr. Pietro Menna as representative Officer of the European Commission for the OPTS project, took part in presence of sponsors and press.
Bruxelles, Belgium, 19th July 2011
OPTS Project approved by the European Commission
news1The OPTS (OPtimization of a Thermal energy Storage system with integrated Steam Generator) project has been approved by European Commission and funded under 7th FWP (Seventh Framework Programme). The project has the following Reference: 283138. The start date of project is 2011/12/01 and the end date 2014/11/30 with a duration of 36 months. The OPTS total budget is 13.723.033 € and EC funding for 8.649.499 € (Cordis).


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