Watch out for the upcoming Call for Papers for the 4th European sCO2 conference in Prague (March 2021)

The 4th European sCO2 Conference in 2021 focusses on supercritical carbon dioxide for energy systems. Scientists and researchers from academia and industry as well as end users are kindly invited to share and discuss the latest outcomes from their sCO2 related projects. Moreover, this conference is the perfect place to establish new initiatives and cooperations amongst those who are active in this fascinating field of research.


Conference Topics:

  • Heat Exchanger
  • Turbomachines and Cycles
  • sCO2 Applications and Energy Systems
  • sCO2 Experiments and Loops
  • Fluid and Material Aspects


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2 nd Progress Meeting completed successfully on April 22 nd and 23 rd

The 2nd Progress Meeting of SCARABEUS, hosted by University of Seville (Spain) and due to take place on April 22nd and 23rd, was held on-line on the same dates. Due to the limitations brought about by COVID-19, the meeting could not be developed face-to-face, as planned, but the commitment and hard work of all partners enabled a successful meeting with exactly the same Agenda as scheduled originally.

Over twenty five researchers from partners across Europe joined the two-day meeting and engaged in thrilling technical discussion about the progress made in the first year of the project. It was confirmed that SCARABEUS is developing according to schedule, with minor delays and certainly no impacts on the scope of work. Renewed commitment and a number of ideas for the continuous adaption to the new, unforeseen situation were put forward to ensure that all partners keep up with the good work carried out in the first twelve months.

Cancellation of the dissemination event jointly organized by SCARABEUS and SOCRATCES at University of Seville. The event was originally scheduled for April 22nd

Cancellation of the dissemination event jointly organized by SCARABEUS and SOCRATCES at University of Seville. The event was originally scheduled for April 22nd


Due to the recent recommendations provided by the Government of Spain and the subsequent measures adopted by University of Seville, the Networking Session on key enabling Concentrated Solar Power technologies scheduled for April 22nd at the School of Engineering of this institution has been cancelled.


The event will be organised again in the future, once the said measures will be lifted. Further information will be announced on the website and through LinkedIn when available.


The SCARABEUS and SOCRATCES consortia would like to apologise for any inconvenience this cancellation may cause.


Cerro Dominador, the first solar thermal tower plant in Latin America, raises its receiver at 220 meters high

  • This is one of the last milestones in the construction of the project executed by Abengoa and Acciona in the Atacama Desert (Chile) and owned by EIG Global Energy Partners.
  • Weighing 2,300 tons, this highly complex piece will concentrate the solar radiation reflected from the 10,600 heliostats that surround the tower.
  • This is the first time this maneuver has been carried out in this kind of project worldwide.

March 5th, 2020. The Cerro Dominador solar thermal project, owned by EIG Global Energy Partners and built by Abengoa and Acciona in the Atacama Desert in Chile, has just achieved one of the key milestones of tis development before its entry into operation: the raising and installation of its solar receiver at 220 meters high. It was placed in the highest part of the central tower of the complex, which is surrounded by 10,600 heliostats.

The maneuver was completed in recent weeks, with the positioning of the receiver (piece of high complexity weighing 2,300 tons) in the foundation octagon, at 220 meters high in the central tower of the solar thermal plant. The function of the receiver is to concentrate the solar radiation reflected from the heliostats that are located around the 250-meter tower and heat the salts that will be stored to generate electricity.

The complete raising operation lasted a week, since the moment the receiver entered a cavity located at the base of the tower. Once inside, the receiver was raised to the top of the construction with 16 hydraulic industrial jacks. The ascent rate did not exceed five meters per hour, due to safety requirements and given the technical complexity of the entire procedure.

“We are very proud to have achieved this milestone. We continue advancing without pause in the construction of this iconic project for the region,” said Fernando González, CEO of Cerro Dominador.


“This is the first time this maneuver has been carried out worldwide in this type of project,” as explained by Abengoa’s project manager on Cerro Dominador, Héctor Berlangieri, who also pointed out that the conceptual idea of the operation and the engineering came from the Spanish company.

On the other hand, Luis Pérez, site manager of Acciona in the project, explained the great technical complexity of this raising maneuver: “A total control is needed on the ascent rate of the receiver, limited to approximately six meters per hour. We are really proud to participate in such a unique project and the commitment we are all demonstrating to make it happen.”


Find out more in this Youtube video: link.


About Abengoa

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Francesco Crespi takes PhD viva with honours

Francesco Crespi takes PhD viva with honours


Francesco Crespi took his PhD examination at University of Seville on Tuesday February 12th 2020. A commission comprised of five leading researchers in the area of Concentrated Solar Power acknowledged the valuable contribution of Francesco’s work and his capacity to approach the topic from an innovative perspective. If you would like to get a free copy of the PhD dissertation, follow this LINK

Fortunately enough, Francesco will join the SCARABEUS team at University of Seville in the following days. Welcome.

SCARABEUS research team at City, University of London fully assembled



This month the latest and final member of the SCARABEUS research team at City joined the group and began his PhD.


In total, the research team at City comprises of Prof Abdulnaser Sayma (Principal investigator at City), Dr Martin White (Co-investigator), Dr Mahmoud Khader (Research Associate) and three PhD students, Mr Omar Aqel, Ms Salma Salah and Mr Abdel-Rahman Abdeldayem.


City are leaders of work package 3 (Turbomachinery) and are working with the industrial partner Exergy to deliver the design of the turbomachinery components for the SCARABEUS plant.


The latest recruit will join the two PhD students who were recruited in the second half of 2019 and are already in the early stages of their research. The three PhD students will be conducting research into important aspects related to turbomachinery design for supercritical power cycles operating with CO2-blends.


Mr Omar Aqel will be exploring optimal cycle configurations for supercritical power cycles operating with CO2-blends, including the integration of turbomachinery design methods with cycle simulation and optimisation to enable the simultaneous optimisation of cycle layout, operating conditions and turbine design.


Ms Salma Salah will be investigating design and optimisation methods for multi-stage axial turbines for large-scale supercritical power cycles, and their application to the SCARABEUS plant, focussing on mean-line design and 3D shape optimisation methods.


Mr Abdel-Rahman Abdeldayem will be investigating loss mechanisms within multi-stage axial turbines for large-scale supercritical power cycles, and characterising the effects of the fluid blend on turbomachinery performance.


From left to right: Ms Salma Salah, Mr Omar Aqel, Prof Abdulnaser Sayma, Dr Martin White, Mr Abdel-Rahman Abdeldayem

April 22nd: Save the date for the SCARABEUS dissemination day at University of Seville!

The SCARABEUS consortium has organised a dissemination day to take place at University of Seville on April 22nd 2020. Co-located with the second progress meeting of the project, this dissemination day will be comprised of two activities: Networking Session on key enabling Concentrated Solar Power technologies in the morning, and Seminar on modelling and simulation of CSP plants in the afternoon.


The Networking Session is co-organised by the SCARABEUS and SOCRATCES consortia, both projects funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (sub-programme H2020-EU.3.3. addressing Societal Challenges concerning secure, clean and efficient energy. SOCRATCES makes use of calcium-looping technology to open a new pathway for next generation energy storage in CSP tower plants, technologically feasible, economically viable and sustainable. SCARABEUS relies on blended supercritical Carbon Dioxide used as the working fluid of a new generation of more efficient power cycles tailored to CSP tower plants, enabling a drastic reduction of installation and electricity costs.


The first panel in the Networking session reunites high-level representatives of the scientific community, industry and government. The speakers will share their view on the technology gaps to be filled and the foreseen industrial and legislative framework that will be needed to enable a massive deployment of renewable technologies. In the second panel, the coordinators of SCARABEUS and SOCRATCES will introduce the projects and talk with the audience about their main characteristics and objectives.


In the afternoon, the partners of SCARABEUS have organised a seminar covering the fundamentals of how to model the performance of Concentrating Solar Power plants using tower (central receiver) technology. The seminar will also include a module on Environmental Life Cycle Assessment, which is a critical aspect of any power generation technology.


Information about registration for these events (free of charge) and a final Agenda will follow soon!


Abengoa provides key technology to the new 50 MW solar tower CSP project in China

Located in Haixi, Qinghai Province in Northwest China, Luneng Haixi 50MW Molten Salt Tower CSP Project is a crucial part of 700MW Luneng Haixi Geermu Multi-energy Complement Integration Optimization Pilot Project, which consists of 200MW PV, 400MW Wind, 50MW CSP and 50MW energy storage system (see more here). The turbine was successfully synchronized on September 20th 2019 (see more here).

1st Progress Meeting held at University of Brescia, Italy

The 1st Progress Meeting of the SCARABEUS project was held on the 16th and 17th of October at the University of Brescia, Italy. In a wonderful academic environment, it was confirmed that SCARABEUS has started and warmed up successfully, and it is currently running at a very good pace.

All the milestones and deliverables have been achieved/delivered timely, according to the Gantt. Congratulations to all the partners and, specifically, to Giampaolo Manzolini for his exceptional coordination effort. Seville will host the next meeting in spring 2020.


Consortium members. From left: Martin White (City University), Xun Liao (Quantis), Xavier Guerif (Kelvion), David Sánchez (University of Seville), Andreas Werner (TU Wien), Abubakr Ayub (University of Brescia), Viktoria Illyes (TU Wien), Giampaolo Manzolini (Politecnico di Milano), Martina Fantini (LEAP), Paolo Iora (University of Brescia), Daniele di Bona (LEAP), Costante Invernizzi (University of Brecia), Marco Binotti (Politecnico di Milano), Dario Rizzi (Exergy), Gioele di Marcoberardino (University of Brescia), Modestino Savoia (University of Brescia), Adbulnaser Sayma (City University)


Giampaolo Manzolini (Project coordinator) and David Sánchez (WP5 leader) scheduling upcoming activities in Work Package 5.