The recently launched Si-CO project seeks to develop a new parabolic trough collector for silicone oil-based heat transfer media. In addition, researchers are investigating how existing parabolic trough plants can be converted to this heat transfer medium.
In the Carbosola research project, teams of scientists develop turbines that run on supercritical carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is known as a harmful greenhouse gas. Supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2), on the other hand, can actually do the environment good - by being used as a heat transfer medium in power plant processes instead of steam.