TECHNO-ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF SOLAR HEAT FARMS: HYDROGEN, WATER OR ELECTRICITY?
Solar farms (fields of ground mounted solar panels with installed capacity greater than 5 MW) have played an important role in decarbonising the UK electricity grid, with almost 6 GW of installed capacity now operational on the grid. Solar farms could also play a major role in decarbonising thermal processes; however, very little is known about how to design a solar ‘heat’ farm in the UK. For example:
• Should the collector field be made up of photovoltaic modules or solar thermal collectors?
• Should the heat be stored/transferred as hydrogen, water or electricity?
The project is funded by a Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) grant. KESS 2 is a major pan-Wales operation supported by European Social Funds (ESF) through the Welsh Government. KESS 2 links companies and organisations with academic expertise in the Higher Education sector in Wales to undertake collaborative research projects, working towards a PhD or Research Masters qualification. Research elements are integrated with a higher-level skills training programme, leading to a Postgraduate Skills Development Award.
For students wishing to apply for this generous scholarship, the closing date is 20th January 2020.