The project MATS aims at promoting the exploitation of concentrated solar energy through small and middle scale facilities, suitable to fulfil local requirements of power and heat. The implementation of the project will support the diffusion of CSP (Concentrating Solar Power) technology in Mediterranean Countries as well as the start-up and development of specialized industries in the sector. The MATS project is focused on the innovative CSP technology developed by ENEA as an improvement of its Solar Thermodynamic technology based on molten salts as heat transfer fluid. This technology allows combined heat and power production from solar source integrated with renewable fuels, such as biomass, biogas, industrial residues. The objective of the project is the full scale demonstration of technology through the realization and operation of a multipurpose facility in Egypt. The thermal energy produced by this plant will be used as energy source in a desalination unit included in the installation, as well as for district heating and cooling.
The Project was funded by European Commission in the FP7 Programme under the call “FP7-ENERGY-2010-2”.
The Project started in 2011 and was concluded in 2018. 11 Partners collaborated together in this project that actually represents an important milestone for the technology commercialization. Agenzia nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l'energia e lo sviluppo economico sostenibile (ENEA) was the project Coordinator.
The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under Grant Agreement n°268219.