RES (concentrated solar power, wind, geothermal)
The CO₂ circle lab. among the other facilities, offers the possibility to investigate the CO₂ conversion chain in terms of sustainability. Solar, wind and geothermal sources are considered to feed such chain, while final products are then integrated into real sectors.
Laboratories within the infrastructure
Concentrated solar power test bench
Concentrated solar power is used for chemical looping purposes with MeOX, but also for energy production using Thermodynamic Cycles, Stirling engines, etc.
Experimentation on the synthetic gas production through a Concentrates Solar dish. The operating variables are listed below:
- Metal oxides materials, porosity, composition,
- Volumetric flow for the inert gas (for the thermal reduction test)
- Volumetric flow for methane (for the methane reduction test)
- Solar tracking system
Geothermal test bench
The geothermal test bench focuses on earth-contact walls of buildings used as heat exchangers for heating and cooling purposes. The exchanger is made up of three modules that can be deployed in different ways. The installation is equipped with an heat pump, a puffer and the simulated heat load (fan coil).
Testing involves thermal performances of the system as well as the structural, thermal and hygrometric effects on the wall and the surrounding ground thanks to a wide monitoring system.