Solar Power Research Hothouse launched
Business weekly March 27th 2014
Cranfield University has cemented its importance in the field of Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) with the opening of the Global CSP Laboratory.
The University is home to the largest CSP research activity in the UK and Cranfield is the only UK representative on the EERA (European Energy Research Alliance) Joint Committee on CSP.
The new laboratory – the UK Centre for Concentrating Solar Thermal Manufacturing, sponsored by UK Company Global CSP – will be the home of an internationally recognised research and manufacturing team led by Cranfield’s Dr Chris Sansom, working on concentrating solar power and solar thermal technologies and their applications.
Graham Provan, CEO of Global CSP, said: “The collaboration between Cranfield University and Global CSP has the potential to make a significant contribution to many renewable energy roadmaps worldwide. We jointly have the talent and passion to be a world leader in small-to-medium-scale CSP applications.”
Cranfield has been involved in a number of CSP projects over recent years, including the MATS Project, FRESH NRG, and STAGE-STE, all funded by the European Union.
The Cranfield team is also working with Pakistan’s COMSATS Institute of Information Technology on a solar cooker, to significantly improve the quality of life for rural communities in the developing world.
The event was well attended and gave an opportunity to view the internationally acclaimed, precision engineered solar system, with world leading features.
• Use of composite materials to produce quality, long life products
• A unique system of manufacturing
•. Substantial industry cost reductions
Global CSP would like to thank everyone who attended who were able to see first-hand the technology that could put the UK as a serious contender in the CSP market and the potential to provide a manufacturing base in the UK and worldwide bringing significant employment opportunities.
Small to medium scale CSP can make a major contribution to reducing carbon emissions for Power generation – hot water/steam production – air-conditioning desalination chilling – refrigeration – water purification. Industrial processing -dairy farming – agriculture – public & private buildings food & drink – pharmaceutical – mining – district heating – waste heat recovery.
We will be pleased to discuss our future aims to interested parties.
Contact: Ann Provan
Research and Marketing Director