Molten Salt

ORNL’s molten salt history opens door for research into concentrated solar power

Thanks in large part to developing and operating a facility for testing molten salt reactor (MSR) technologies, nuclear experts at the Energy Department’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are now tackling the next generation of another type of clean energy—concentrating solar thermal power (CSP). The Energy Department’s Solar Energy Technologies Office [...]

Wide-scale deployment of Concentrated Solar Power molten salt towers to begin by 2020

The Concentrated Solar Power industry will be ready for a wide-scale rollout of molten salt tower plants between 2018 and 2020, industry consultants have predicted to New Energy Update. Molten nitrate and potassium salts are used for energy storage in many CSP plants, but the 110 MW Crescent Dunes [...]

Molten salt storage 33 times cheaper than lithium-ion batteries

Molten salt is currently the most common method to store heat in large CSP plants and provide a constant on-demand supply of solar power without the need for fossil fuel backup systems. Companies such as German-based Frenell, formerly Novatec, offer a turnkey solution combining a solar field and a [...]

SUPCON Delingha 50MW molten salt tower Concentrated Solar Power project recovers construction after winter stop

Supcon Solar Delingha 50MW CSP plant was selected to be one of China 1st batch of CSP pilot projects on September 2016. As the project developer SUPCON Solar announced earlier, the construction work was officially recovered on March 5th after the freezing cold winter. And the project is going to [...]

WCE provides Molten-Salt for China 1st 50MW Concentrated Solar Power plant in Delingha

Wuxi Chemical Equipment, Co., Ltd (WCE) has successfully concluded the supply of the Molten-Salt Heat Exchangers for CGN Delingha 50MW parabolic trough CSP plant, which will be the First Operational Project belonging to the 1st Batch of 20 Pilot CSP Projects in China. The Molten-Salt Heat Exchangers for the Delingha [...]

China Shouhang Dunhuang 100 MW molten salt Solar Tower Concentrated Solar Power pilot project

Beijing Shouhang IHW Resourves Saving Co., Ltd (shorted as Shouhang) is one of the leading solar CSP industry players in China. In 2013, Shouhang monitored Dunhuang’s DNI and started design and construction according to the measured statistics. On December 2016, 138 meters receiver tower was lighted firstly, which marked that, [...]

Concentrated Solar Power is driving GWh’ worth of new molten salt storage capacity

Thermal storage hasn't garnered the level of industry attention lately as battery storage, which is experiencing quickly falling prices and rising deployments. But thermal storage, and molten salt in particular, actually exceeds the capacity of battery storage in operation so far, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy [...]

Alphabet (Google) turns to molten salt to store clean energy

Using giant vats of molten salt and antifreeze under the codename “Malta,” Google’s parent company Alphabet is joining Tesla and smaller companies that are developing ways to store wind and solar power affordably to expand renewables and combat climate change. Alphabet’s X research lab is developing a cutting-edge molten [...]

Molten salt instead of thermal oil in Concentrated Solar Power parabolic trough plants shall reduce the levelized electricity costs

An international consortium led by the DLR Institute of Solar Research, will build and operate a solar thermal molten salt parabolic trough test facility in Évora (Portugal). Members of the consortium are the German companies TSK Flagsol Engineering, eltherm, Yara, and Steinmüller Engineering, the South African energy provider Eskom [...]

China’s first molten salt concentrated solar pwer plant sends power to grid

China's first molten salt solar thermal power plant has started to send electricity to the grid, said the developer based in north China's Tianjin municipality on Sunday. Known as concentrated solar power, solar thermal energy is believed to be the next generation of solar energy, and an ideal green power [...]

China commissions molten salt concentrated solar power plant

China has commissioned its first solar thermal power plant with high-capacity energy storage in the country’s northwestern Qinghai province. The 10 megawatt Power Plant which is the third such power plant in the world has been commissioned, state-run People’s Daily reported. The other two are located in the US and [...]

Crescent Dunes concentrated solar power plant uses molten salt

Crescent Dunes Solar Energy, a 110 megawatt (MW) concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, began full operation in February. Crescent Dunes uses an energy storage system that developers expect will be able to store enough thermal energy to generate electricity for up to 10 hours after sunset or on cloudy days [...]