The group is demonstrating and advancing the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of a small size Concentrating Solar Thermal (CST) tower system concept which operates in a cogeneration scheme generating electricity and desalinated sea water. The CST system employs a novel, CyI-developed concept of integrated solar receiver and thermal energy storage system. These are integrated together and are operationally optimized via the thermal receiver/thermal energy storage (TES) subsystem of the CST tower system.
The department is in the process of patenting key enabling technologies based on the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to facilitate the continuous, real-time monitoring of solar tower systems. This technology can be also coupled to operate in conjunction with high-fidelity real-time dynamic virtualization digital models of the system, providing a continuous stream of relevant data that would enable continuous improvement of the models that are predicting the behaviour of the plant (e.g., digital twins).
The ARES group is currently active and is focusing its vision on the following: