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04/24/2018 - 04/25/2018 | Marrakech

International Conference “Reduction of water consumption in CSP plants”

The consortium of the H2020 funded project MinWaterCSP is pleased to announce its first International Conference taking place in Marrakech, Morocco from 24th to 25th April 2018.

The topic of this event will be “Reduction of water consumption in Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants” with a special focus on new approaches in mirror cleaning, cooling system solutions and overall plant performance simulations.

The two-day conference will give valuable insights into innovative solutions for mirror cleaning and anti-soiling, cooling systems, axial flow fan development, simulation-based analysis of CSP plant water consumption and water management strategies. In addition, participants will get the exclusive opportunity to visit the demo-site at Green Energy Park in Ben Guerir.

The aim of the conference is to present and discuss new technological solutions to minimize water consumption in CSP plants as well as to create networking opportunities. The conference addresses the challenge of significantly reducing the water consumption of CSP plants while maintaining the overall cycle efficiency. The approaches of reducing evaporation losses and mirror cleaning water consumption in small- and large-scale CSP plants through a holistic combination of next generation technologies will be the focus in different presentation sessions.

Cleaning Activities and Cleaning Systems for Heliostats and Parabolic Troughs
The session gives insights into advances and the current state of development in cleaning systems within the MinWaterCSP project. A special focus is placed on the on-site tests performed and the main results.

Innovative developments for air cooled condensers and cooling towers
This session addresses innovations for cooling systems with compact heat exchanger concepts for air side heat transfer enhancement, the integration of deluge cooling into conventional air-cooled condensing systems, and a fundamental study on fouling experienced during deluge cooling.

Axial Flow Fan Development in the MinWaterCSP project
This session addresses the axial flow fan development in MinWaterCSP with a special focus on the development process of large diameter fans, innovative fan drive aspects, fan noise and manufacturing

Simulation-based analysis of water consumption in CSP plants
This session deals with the simulation of water consumption during cooling and mirror cleaning as well as the evaluation of the water saving technologies. In addition, it illustrates the impact of the advanced methodologies on the annual performance of CSP plants.

Availability, sources and managing strategies of water
In this session, methods of assessing water availability are presented. Experiences with different water sources and with multi-source operation are shown. Efforts in the direction of a zero-liquid discharge operation, experiences with evaporation ponds and zero-blowdown cooling system operation are introduced.

Measurement and analysis of soiling and its impact on degradation
The session is about the characterization and prediction of soiling and focuses mainly on the topics measurement and site assessment, degradation due to soiling and anti-soiling methods.

Further a panel discussion with best practice exchange of different H2020 projects towards water consumption in CSP will be offered.

The event is targeted at stakeholders from power utilities, power plant operators, technology suppliers, research institutes and academia that are working in the fields of concentrated solar power. Further stakeholders for mirror cleaning, cooling processes or similar, any users of those technologies, policy makers and investors interested in the topics are also invited to participate. Join us for a unique opportunity to learn about the latest developments to minimize water consumption in CSP plants. Increase your own network by getting in touch with other stakeholders from the water treatment and CSP sector.

You will also meet other EU-funded projects working in the CSP field.

Further information

Project website:
Conference website and programme:

Conference organisation:
Mr. Mouhcine Benmeziane
Mr. El Ghali Bennouna

MinWaterCSP Communication and Dissemination Team
Ms. Charlotte Schlicke and Ms. Kathrin Eckerlin

About MinWaterCSP
MinWaterCSP is a research and development project which aims at reducing water consumption and improving thermal cycle efficiencies of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants. It has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No. 654443. The project started in January 2016 and will be completed in December 2018.
The MinWaterCSP project consortium consists of 13 partners from 6 different EU- and non-EU countries (Germany, Italy, Belgium, Spain, Morocco and South Africa). It is coordinated by Kelvion Holding GmbH (Project Coordinator, Germany) and ENEXIO Management GmbH (Technical Coordinator, Germany).

Information on participating / attending:


04/24/2018 08:30 - 04/25/2018 18:00

Event venue:

Hotel Kenzi Farah
Avenue de Président Kennedy
40000 Marrakech

Target group:

Business and commerce, Scientists and scholars



Subject areas:

Electrical engineering, Energy, Environment / ecology

Types of events:

Conference / symposium / (annual) conference




Anette Mack


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