‘Distributed CHP Generation from Small Size Concentrated Solar Power’ (DIGESPO) is a three-year, EU-funded research project has just completed the installation of a pilot micro Combined Heat and Power plant, based on innovative Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and Stirling engine technology, at ArrowPharm in Malta.
The Malta Independent says the plant is designed and built to simultaneously provide electrical power and heating for single and multiple domestic dwellings or other small buildings.
The Bruno Kessler Foundation in Trento, Italy, is the lead coordinator of this research effort, together with other partners (industrial, research and universities) from Italy, Germany, Sweden, Malta and the United Kingdom.
The DIGESPO target is to improve the efficiency of similar plants from circa 40 per cent to 65 per cent of incident solar radiation, and will provide from one to two kilowatts of electrical energy and seven to eight kilowatts of thermal power.
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