100 of these cases will be presented at MI-4

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The solutions will each have the potential to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 10 million CO2e/year or more by 2030 and/or be of strategic importance.

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First Solar

Ancillary services for PV power plants

Conventional power plants are often used to provide ancillary services such as frequency regulation in electricity grids. First Solar have demonstrated that conventional power plants such as coal power plants can be replaced by PV power plants in the provision of frequency regulation. This replacement helps in the reduction of CO₂ emissions.

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Optimization of solar collectors
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Aiguasol

Optimization of solar collectors

Aiguasol have designed a solar concentration called 'Ulisses'. Ulisses is a cylindrical concentrator which uses flat movable mirrors rotating on a shaft. Ulisses can be coupled to flat solar collectors or to photovoltaic modules, thereby enhancing their efficiencies and minimizing the cost of power generation. The fact that the mirrors are movable allows the structures and protective systems from wind, snow, and high temperatures to be simplified.

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Design of small-scale concentrated solar power plants
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Enerbosch

Design of small-scale concentrated solar power plants

In a project called 'Solarbosch', Enerbosh is developing small-scale concentrated solar power tower (CSP-T) plants, with ranges from 0.5 to 3 MWe for power generation or 1 to 10 MWh for heat processes on a 24/7 basis.

Current CSP-T plants use molten salts as heat transfer fluid (HTF) and storage medium, reaching temperatures up to 560 °C. This is only profitable at very large scales due to the high investment required. In this project the CSP-T plant uses air as HTF, which can easily exceed 1000 °C. The heat storage medium is copper slag, a Chilean mining industry by-product (low cost), with ideal heat storage properties up to 1,000 °C.

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Ferroamp

Flexible inverter for smart power systems

Ferroamp have developed a flexible inverter called ‘EnergyHUb’ that enables a flexible integration of photo voltaic systems, energy storage, small-scale wind and electric car charging. This makes it possible to utilize the consumption variations between buildings at the same time as it is possible to cut power peaks, for example when electric cars are charged.  The company claims that what distinguishes EnergyHub from similar systems in the market is that it is bi-directional, that is, it can move energy in both directions. This makes it possible to connect photovoltaic cells, batteries for energy storage and other things.

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Blockchain for tracking solar energy generation
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Phineal

Blockchain for tracking solar energy generation

Sello Sol a certification developed by Phineal  allows tracing the solar energy generation on its place of origin through the use of blockchain technology. The data is measured and processed to add value by using it in products, services and transactions as verifiable, transparent and secure information. Phineal states that the blockchain methodology has been tested by companies and public institutions and it is being developed in Latin America for the world

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Business model for hydrogen generation and supply
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Phineal

Business model for hydrogen generation and supply

H2PV is a business program of Phineal, which seeks to develop a business model for the generation and supply of Hydrogen obtained from photovoltaic cells. 

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PhoenixBiopower

Doubling biopower plant electrical efficiency

Today's established technology for bio power is the steam cycle, in which 30 percent of the energy input results in electricity, the remainder being heat and energy losses. Bio power plants are therefore primarily heating plants and, secondly, producers of electricity. Phoenix Biopower's technology has a completely different thermodynamic process. The first step is that the fuel is gasified under high pressure together with steam. The gas formed then drives a gas turbine where steam is used to optimize combustion. With this technology, efficiency is doubled, and electricity can be produced with up to 60 percent of the energy input.

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Beyond Meat

Plant-based alternatives to meat

Beyond Meat creates plant-based burgers, sausages, crumbles, and other products made directly from simple plant-based ingredients. By shifting from animal to plant-based meat the company aims to solve four growing issues attributed to livestock production: human health, climate change, constraints on natural resources and animal welfare. A life-cycle assessment of the Beyond Burger suggested that compared to an equivalent beef burger, it generates 90% less greenhouse gas emissions, requires 46% less energy, use 99% less water and has 93% less impact on land use.

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Sunfire

Reversible solid oxide cells

Reversible solid oxide cells are single devices that can both split water to produce hydrogen, as well as convert hydrogen back to electricity. Solid oxide cells typically operate at very high temperatures, which avoids the need for precious metal catalysts. However, the high temperatures mean that the materials a solid oxide cell need to have extraordinary properties. Sunfire has developed this technology to find materials that are up to the task, thus enabling the use of green electricity as a renewable feedstock for industry and mobility. The PowerCore solid oxide cell stack is Sunfire's technology for the production of steam electrolysers and high-temperature fuel cells.

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Organic flow batteries
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CMBlu Energy AG

Organic flow batteries

CMBlu Energy AG develop large-scale organic flow batteries for electrical grids. Their energy storage systems are based on renewable resources as a key technology for the energy transition and enable nationwide grid infrastructure for electromobility. The organic electrolytes are produced from the natural source lignin, which is available in almost unlimited amounts in the pulp and paper industry. Lignin derivates are obtained very cost- effective from waste streams of existing mills. They claim that their technology enables storage capacities of 1250 GWh every year only using existing infrastructure

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