The primary objectives of the two research and development consortiums forming part of the Feder-Innterconecta programme the company has been selected to lead by the Centre of Industrial Technological Development (CDTI) are to develop new solar technologies that are more efficient and cost effective.
The total cost of both projects, of which Abengoa will contribute 55 %, will exceed €12 million. Abengoa will be responsible for leading the team made up of 16 research centres and seven companies. The team will also focus on creating the next-generation parabolic trough collector, and researching; and will work to develop new thermal storage technologies for concentrating solar power plants that use steam as their heat-transfer fluid, thereby improving dispatchability.
The company explained in a press release that these new areas of research will enable it "to develop new technologies that are more efficient and cost-effective that can then be applied to projects all over the world".
The Feder-Innterconecta programme is geared towards financing large integrated projects that are experimental yet strategic. The main objective of these projects is innovative development in future technological areas with international economic and commercial potential. They also demonstrate technological and industrial advancements for Andalusia.
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