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  • Treatment Options for Molten Sulfur Storage

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    By Merichem Company

  • Molten salt for parabolic trough applications: system simulation and scale effects

    The trend of solar thermal power plant engineering towards lower investment and energy costs leads to a demand for higher operating temperatures in the plant cycle. The use of molten salts withstanding temperatures up to 550 °C is considered for use in CSP plants, in particular for parabolic trough systems. In thermal storage systems fluids as “Solar Salt” (NaNO3/KNO3) are already ...

  • US energy-dense storage system set to raise tower efficiency

    Southern Research plans to commission by October 2017 a 1 MWh(th) energy storage demonstration unit using its high temperature thermochemical technology, following a recent funding boost from the US Department of Energy. The Alabama-based developer was one of 14 research groups which were awarded in September a combined $32 million from the US ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Solar thermal power coming to a boil

    After emerging in 2006 from 15 years of hibernation, the solar thermal power industry experienced a surge in 2007, with 100 megawatts of new capacity coming online worldwide. During the 1990s, cheap fossil fuels, combined with a loss of state and federal incentives, put a damper on solar thermal power development. However, recent increases in energy prices, escalating concerns about global ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Research team in PCM storage breakthrough

    Storage tanks at Valle 1 and 2, in Cadiz, Spain. Image courtesy of Sener.   Researchers in Catalunya have modelled a radical new PCM storage design that could deliver a 74 % thermal capacity efficiency with 32 % less salt than a traditional ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Designing renewable contracts that value CSP storage

    As California ramps up its storage requirements, it has not included Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) with integrated energy storage. Instead it is testing pilot projects using batteries at utility-scale, even though it must be obvious to bean counters at utilities ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Saving Renewable Energy for a Rainy Day

    Despite advances in renewable energy technologies, one of the largest hurdles in their widespread adoption has been their intermittent reliability. Energy is only useful if it is available as the grid demands it, which is why concerns about carbon emissions are overridden in favor of the more dependable oil, coal and gas for baseload power. In order for renewable sources such as wind and solar ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • On energy, we`re finally walking the walk

    The United States has entered a new energy era, ending a century of rising carbon emissions. As the U.S. delegation prepares for the international climate negotiations in Copenhagen in December, it does so from a surprisingly strong position, one based on a dramatic 9 percent drop in U.S. carbon emissions over the past two years and the promise of further huge reductions. Prominent among these ...


  • CSP Today interviews Avi Brenmiller, President and CEO of Brenmiller Energy

    In a market that has to ensure that dispatchable power is available at all times, Brenmiller Energy an innovative solar company, provides a modular solar steam generation product for power generation applications. CSP Today speaks to Avi Brenmiller, CEO of Brenmiller Energy, about scalable solutions for both large and smaller users, price competitiveness, steam augmentation and how the technology ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Concentrating Solar Power

    Technology Overview   By collecting solar energy during daylight hours and storing it in hot molten salt, concentrating solar power technologies like power towers give utilities an alternative method for meeting peak loads. (Warren Gretz)  Concentrating solar power plants produce electric power by converting the sun’s energy into high-temperature heat using ...

  • Oman EOR project ahead of schedule; EIB tenders in Namibia; Lighter steam system cuts CAPEX

    Solar Thermal news you need to know. PDO, Glasspoint start to build Oman's giant Miraah plant Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) and GlassPoint Solar have broken ground on the 1 GW Miraah Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) project a month ahead of schedule, the companies said in a statement November 4. The solar thermal facility will produce steam at the Amal ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Determining performance characteristics crucial for CSP

    Why is the performance testing of newly developed plants important for the future of large scale projects in the US? As the development of large-scale CSP projects begins in the United States, the ability to accurately determine the performance characteristics in the efficiency, heat losses and overall power output of plants under operation is essential for generating widespread confidence in CSP ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Determining performance characteristics crucial for CSP

    As the development of large-scale CSP projects begins in the United States, the ability to accurately determine the performance characteristics in the efficiency, heat losses and overall power output of plants under operation is essential for generating widespread confidence in CSP technologies. After more than 10 years in hibernation, parabolic trough technology has been revived again with ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Can the Solar Hourglass serve as a CSP landmark?

    A CSP project proposal has won first place in the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) competition, but can the design make it beyond paper? By Heba Hashem October was an eventful month for Santiago Muros Cortés. The Argentina-based architect impressed the jury in Copenhagen with his plan for a Solar Hourglass that ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • UAE’s MISP center accelerates pre-commercial tech development

    Almost three years after launching the Middle East’s first CSP plant, Masdar joined with Masdar Institute to launch late last year the region’s first CSP research and demonstration centre. Masdar Institute Solar Platform (MISP) builds around a set of unique facilities including a 100kW beam-down concentrating tower and its solar field, a hot-oil loop and thermal energy system (TES), ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Charting economic climate

    The economic climate affects our day-to-day lives. Work activities are intricately interconnected with social well-being which in turn effects family harmony and trickles on down to impact personal wherewithal. Still, 'climate' is what it is. There is nothing any of us alone can do about it. At the same time, however, how we think about it tends to shift the reality we experience day to day. ...


    By Universal Pultrusions LLC

  • Exclusive interview with CEO of Solar Reserve

    Last week Solar Reserve made headlines with their new 200MW CSP project announcement in Colorado. This week CSP Today gained exclusive access with Kevin Smith, CEO of Solar Reserve ahead of him speaking at CSP Today USA 2012 on 27-28 June in Las Vegas London, CSP Today CSP Today: There is currently 1200MW of CSP underway which demonstrates a significant achievement for the industry. What do ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Italy: the next CSP hotspot?

    Italy could potentially have a booming CSP market, thanks to high DNI levels in the southern parts of the country and in the main islands of Sardinia and Sicily – where one of the newest CSP plants, the 50 MW Mazara, is being built. Feed-in-tariffs (FiTs) for CSP generation and industrial needs for process heat should make the market even more attractive. So why aren't developers flocking ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Rotork valve automation at solar power plants - Case Study

    Overview Spain is now the world's largest generator of electricity from solar power plants. Spanish solar energy plants utilise parabolic trough technology combined with a thermal storage system using molten salt batteries to maximise their power generating capacity. The parabolic trough is constructed as a long parabolic mirror with a Dewar tube running its length at the focal point. ...


    By Rotork

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