The Best Paper Award for his paper “Proposal of a thermocline Molten Salt Storage Tank for District Heating and Cooling"
Withing the framework of the WEDISTRICT project, we are developing new nitrate salt mixtures that can operate below 150 ºC (well below the range of commercially available molten salts), making feasible the implementation of thermal storage well above 100 ºC for district heating and cooling.
The availability of stored heat above 150 ºC increases the possibility of applying concentrated solar technologies for cooling and thermal residential services, what could be an important contribution for the decarbonisation of the energy consumption in the residential sector. A molten salt tank is proposed, operating between 150 and 235 ºC, that would be connected to different technologies of concentrating solar collectors, with a capacity of 2 MWh.
One of our project members, Alberto Abánades from the Polytechnic University of Madrid won the Best Paper Award for his paper “Proposal of a thermocline Molten Salt Storage Tank for District Heating and Cooling”, which he presented during the International Conference on Polygeneration 2021.