Storage

Long-duration Thermal Energy Storage Startup Azelio Wins First Commercial Order

Swedish startup Azelio will see its long-duration Thermal Energy Storage (TES) technology used at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Complex (MBR) in Dubai, UAE. Recycled aluminium alloy is used as a phase change material to store heat which is then converted to electricity. The company’s TES technology stores [...]

Should Australia invest in Concentrated Solar Power rather than gas power?

Recently NSW announced that a gas power plant would be classed as critical infrastructure to speed up the planning process. This follows the Morrison government's policy that gas power is needed to transition away from coal to renewables, but that policy has met with criticism from those advocating a steady [...]

TEXEL Explores US Market for 2-Cent Thermal Energy Storage in Metal Hydrides

TEXEL has a developed a form of thermal energy storage charged by electric heat to provide grid power and energy storage and plans to manufacture the technology in the US. The Swedish company began as a Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) firm (How CSP works) which has subsequently focused on [...]

Desert Heat Will Help Keep Lights On in Dubai After Sundown

One of the world’s biggest solar parks in Dubai has hired Azelio AB to turn desert heat into electricity after sundown. Azelio’s technology is being used on Phase 4, a project jointly owned by Dubai Electricity & Water Authority, Saudi Arabia’s Acwa Power and Chinese state-owned Silk Road Fund. The [...]

Heat storage in concentrated solar power plants

Tim Bruewer details optimal thermal management for the use of molten salt in solar thermal power plants with concentrated radiation. The demand for environmentally friendly and low-CO2 forms of energy generation has been increasing in Europe since the ‘Green Deal’ was presented by the EU Commission in 2019, defining the [...]

Aalborg CSP receives order for lid solution for Integrated Pit Thermal Energy Storage (PTES) System

The Danish renewable and energy storage specialist, Aalborg CSP has received an order for the world’s most advanced lid solution to be installed as part of an Integrated Energy System with Pit Thermal Energy Storage (PTES) project in Denmark. The order was received from Høje Taastrup Fjernvarme and VEKS, who [...]

SOLARSCO2OL Project: The new era of Concentrated Solar Power plants

SOLARSCO2OL Project: The new era of CSP plants, more flexible, less expensive and with less water needs thanks to solar supercritical CO2 plants. Boasting an industry-driven Project Consortium made up of 15 international partners, coordinated by RINA Consulting S.p.A. and located in 6 EU countries (Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, [...]

Supcon Solar’s Delingha 50 MW Concentrated Solar Power Project breaks Monthly Output record

After steam turbine overhaul,the plant was recovered to full load operation on October 9, 2020. As of 24:00 on November 8, the total monthly output reached 18.4 GWh, which refreshed prior record in Feb, 2020 (17.17GWh), and exceeded average designed output by 6.23GWh (The plant is designed to generate 146GWh/y, [...]

Concentrating Solar Power prepares its revival in Spain after seven years

Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) was the most representative technology of the renewables deloyed in Andalusia and the great international expansion from national companies such as Abengoa, Sener or TSK. The change that the previous Government applied to the feed-in tariff of renewables in 2012 – when Spain was on [...]

ACWA Power’s Bokpoort Concentrated Solar Power plant breaks African record

ACWA Power, a leading developer, investor and operator of power generation and desalinated water plants worldwide, announced Wednesday that its South African Bokpoort CSP plant has become the first renewable facility in the continent to complete a full week of continuous round the clock operation. Bokpoort CSP set the [...]

Nov 5 Webinar: Abengoa on Retrofitting CSP Plants for Intermittent Renewable Energy Storage

Spain’s Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan (PINEC) targets 74% of power from renewable sources by 2030, with more than 25GW of PV capacity expected to be added by that year. Hybrid PV – CSP bring together these complementary technologies to deliver solar power when it is required (dispatchable) or [...]

In South Africa and Spain, Concentrated Solar Power is Meeting or Exceeding Projected Operation Targets

SolarPACES spoke with Nandu Bhula who has been with the team responsible for the success of ACWA Power’s 50 MW Bokpoort trough Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant in South Africa since the start, first as CEO while the project was being built, and currently as Chairman of the Board. Commissioned [...]

Protermosolar advocates thermal storage in molten salts of concentrated solar power

Gonzalo Martín, General Secretary of Protermosolar, will analyze what the role of concentrated solar power plants will be in energy storage within a decade at the I Energy Storage Congress (ALEN'20). Currently, thermal storage in molten salts in solar thermal power plants reaches 7 GWhe in Spain. This type of [...]