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Register for the Upcoming GeoSmart Webinar

Tue, 11 June, 2024

An upcoming online event is due to provide details of research conducted as part of the EU-funded GeoSmart Project.

Taking place on 24 July, 2024, the event will focus on two topics, ’Materials Selection for PCM-based Thermal Energy Storage System for Geothermal Plants’ and ‘Hybridization of the Kizildere 2 Geothermal Power Plant with Concentrating Solar Thermal Technologies.’

TWI’s Research and Product Development Programme Manager for Surface, Corrosion and Interface Engineering, Dr Shiladitya Paul will begin the webinar with a discussion of the development of PCM (phase change material)-based thermal energy storage systems for geothermal plants.

Dr Paul will explore the process of selecting optimal PCMs and construction materials suitable for operation at the specific temperature ranges encountered in geothermal applications. He will explain the testing procedures that exposed various construction materials to molten PCMs before a detailed analysis of corrosion rates was conducted. Visual documentation of the materials both before and after this exposure will be shared, providing an understanding of material compatibility and performance.

Next, Nicholas Chandler, a Scientific Researcher and PhD Student at Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) will discuss research focused on integrating concentrating solar thermal (CST) technologies into existing geothermal plants. This will include an investigation into different modelling strategies to develop a hybrid geothermal plant using CST technologies and thermal storage through the utilisation of Fraunhofer ISE’s in-house solar-thermal modelling tool, ColSimCSP. There will also be a discussion of the preliminary results of an optimisation study that indicates the potential improvements in the techno-economic performance of geothermal plants through the adoption of solar technologies.

You can find out more and register to attend this event, here.


This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Grant agreement 818576.

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