LATEST NEWS
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
DG RTD has chosen DiGeSPo as FP7 solar energy frontunner
Friday, September 13, 2013
Installation of flexible glass mirrors concluded
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Testing of the modified Stirling engine starts in Malta
Friday, May 17, 2013
23rd Solar Thermal Energy Symposium
Bad Staffelstein, 24–26 April 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
New High Energy Density stirling engine
Trials at FBK laboratory completed
TERMINOLOGY
Concentrated solar power (CSP) uses lenses or mirrors and tracking systems that focus a large area of sunlight onto a small area The concentrated light is then used as heat or as a heat source for a conventional power plant.
What is DiGeSPo?
DIstributed CHP GEneration from small size concentrated Solar Power (DiGeSPo) 
 
The DiGeSPo project aims to research and build a modular 1-3 kWe, 3-9 kWth micro Combined Heat and Power (m-CHP) system based on innovative Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and Stirling engine technology. This CSP m-CHP unit will provide electrical power, heating and cooling for single and multiple domestic dwellings and other small commercial, industrial and public buildings. It integrates small scale concentrator optics with moving and tracking components, solar absorbers in the form of evacuated tube collectors, a heat transfer fluid, a Stirling engine with generator, and heating and/or cooling systems.  
The solar power plant is based on a series of small 40 cm parabolic dishes that concentrate solar radiation onto an evacuated tube through which thermal fluid flows, and is heated to temperatures of 250-350°C. This enables a stirling engine to simultaneously co-generate heat and electricity by recovering the engine’s heat. Our target is to achieve 60-70% global efficiency compared to incident solar radiation.  
DiGeSPo intends to incorporate this small thermodynamic solar powered and hybrid system into residential buildings, in an architecturally acceptable manner and with low visual impact, that will generate heat and electricity. The project covers the whole of the R&D chain from initial concept to development, modelling including simulation of each sub-module; production and testing of prototypes, production and field trials of full system prototypes.  
 
 
Distributed m-CHP Generation from small-scale Concentrated Solar Power
FOUR MAIN DRIVERS FOR DIGESPO
  1. New glass technology enable parabolic trough solar concentrators for small scale systems;
  2. New ceramic-metal coatings can provide improved optical behaviour and material durability for evacuated tube collectors;
  3. Modified stirling cycles and new compact heat exchanger technology can improve the performance of small heat engines;
  4. There is an urgent need for alternative m-CHP systems.