The CNRS Délégation Languedoc-Roussillon is seeking a part-time European Project Manager (50% FTE) responsible for the implementation and management of a 4 years EU project, funded under the 8th EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (Horizon 2020).
POLYPHEM – Small-Scale Solar Thermal Combined Cycle is a collaborative research project (Low Carbon Energy) coordinated by Mr Alain FERRIERE, researcher at the PROMES research unit (Procédés, Matériaux et Energie Solaire). The project brings together a consortium of 9 partners, from the academic and non-academic sectors, established in 4 European countries (CNRS, CEA and EURONOVIA in France, CIEMAT and ARRAELA SL in Spain, Fraunhofer ISE, Kaefer Isoliertechnik GmbH & Co. KG and Orcan Energy GmbH in Germany and Aalborg CSP AS in Denmark).
The main objective of POLYPHEM is to improve the flexibility and the performance of small-scale Concentrated Solar Power plants by building a 60 kW prototype plant with a 2 MWh thermal storage unit, validate this innovative power cycle in a relevant environment (experimental platform Thémis in Targasonne, Pyrénées-Orientales, France), assessing its performances and establishing the guidelines for its commercial deployment.
The CNRS/PROMES laboratory is looking for a candidate interested and highly motivated for applying for a permanent position as a researcher at CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research). Two fields of research are targeted by PROMES for this position, both related to concentrated solar energy:
- Conversion of solar energy into heat and power using concentrating technologies. This covers system analysis including economic approach, new optical designs, heat transfers, solar receivers design, thermodynamic cycles… New approaches combining several topics like CSP + CPV are eligible.
- Materials under extreme conditions, thermochemical conversion and solar fuels
The application concerns young persons graduated with a PhD. Persons who are currently in a post-doc position are preferred. The selection is based on a competition between candidates with various fields and projects of research. It is organized by CNRS at the national level. In general, no position is directed to a specific laboratory, like PROMES laboratory. However, “Thermal Solar” has been selected this year by CNRS as one of its priority themes.
TITLE: Hybrid concentrated thermo-solar eco-process for desalination of seawater
Duration 3 years, starting in January 2018
Since 40 years, concentrated thermodynamic solar power plants have been developing and are currently recognized as mature industrial solutions available to contribute to the renewable mixed energy. These electro-solar thermal processes (www.solarpaces.org) consist in concentrating solar radiation, converting it into high temperature heat (from 400 to 800 °C) and then producing steam and redirecting it to produce electricity. Thanks to the thermal storage, these power stations are able to produce stabilized electricity 24 hours a day without fossil fuels.
In these processes, water is thus currently used as a thermodynamic fluid according to closed evaporation/condensation cycles. If such a process is already recognized as economically profitable, the exploitation of the evaporation stage for hybridization with a desalination operation for a freshwater/electricity cogeneration could only strengthen it.