Thermal storage of sensible heat using concrete modules in solar power plants

Valentina A. Salomoni, Carmelo E. Majorana, Giuseppe M. Giannuzzi, Adio Miliozzi, Rosa Di Maggio, Fabrizio Girardi, Domenico Mele, Marco Lucentini

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Guidelines for designing a concrete storage module and for its integration into a solar plant, respecting constraints linked both to an adequate solar field operation and to the production system based on ORC, are described. A series of simplified procedures are developed to be used for a first module design and more sophisticated (even if more expensive) simulation techniques via the Finite Element Method are checked and upgraded. Once the ongoing experimental phase on a scaled storage prototype at the ENEA site of Casaccia has been concluded, the obtained data will be used for completing both the setup of the calculation instruments and the R&D activity dealing with the development of an appropriate concrete mixing, optimising its chemical-physical and durability performances, and with the module integration within a CSP system. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303 - 315
Number of pages13
JournalSolar Energy
Publication statusPublished - 2014


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Science(all)

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Salomoni, V. A., Majorana, C. E., Giannuzzi, G. M., Miliozzi, A., Di Maggio, R., Girardi, F., Mele, D., & Lucentini, M. (2014). Thermal storage of sensible heat using concrete modules in solar power plants. Solar Energy, 103, 303 - 315.