flag_yellow_lowThis project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 309028.

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Concept and project objective

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Renewable energies represent a wide field upon which international research needs to be focused. The necessity has been envisaged by the BIOSTIRLING consortium and it has been supported by the synergies found with the large-scale international project SKA. The SKA antennas and reception centres, constitute a continental scale sensor network. Aligned with the trend of renewable resources, the overall objective of the project is to implement a cost effective and efficient new generation of solar dish-Stirling plant based on hybridization and efficient storage at the industrial scale.

 

 

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Biostirling-4SKA @ Intersolar Munich 2017

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Biostirling Presentation Workshop

Last april 27th, the Biostirling-4SKA Project was officially presented in an event in Moura. DuringRead More

Biostirling Event

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Why stirling?

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The Dish Stirling systems have demonstrated the highest efficiency of any solar power generation system by converting nearly 31.25%  of direct normal incident solar radiation into electricity after accounting for parasitic power losses. The Dish Stirling systems are modular, each system is a selfcontained power generator, which can be assembled into plants ranging in size from kilowatts to MWs. However, the aforementioned technology is not commercially exploitable to date as other CSP technologies, such as tower and Parabolic solutions.This is because the current solar dish technology still presents several limitations: high costs, limited life time, low system stability and reliability.

 

 

About SKA

combinedThe square kilometer array (SKA) is a radio tescope in development  which will have a total collecting area of approximately one square kilometre. It will operate over a wide range of frequencies and its size will make it 50 times more sensitive than any other radio instrument. It will require very high performance central computing engines and long-haul links with a capacity greater than the current global internet traffic. It will be able to survey the sky more than ten thousand times faster than ever before.

  

BIOSTIRLING-4SKA

This Project in Moura is a prototype project where the expected average power is up to 9kW.

The expected average power usage of the whole SKA will be between 50-100 MW, but over an extended location (up to 3000 Km diameter), with many different nodes, and sparse occupation of that terrain beyond the central core. The SKA will not have strong peaks either, keeping a much smoother consumption profile. Energy generation at a continental scale for this facility, with different load profiles at different locations and stations, means that modular power generators are needed , which can be packed together to provide energy to the most densely packed stations, and then able by themselves to provide energy to the most isolated stations . Another consideration is that SKA, as a radio telescope, can observe the sky 24/7 , so power consumption should also be maintained night and day.