NREL's High-Flux Solar Furnace (HFSF) is a unique 10-kilowatt optical furnace that harnesses concentrated sunlight to test high-temperature processes or applications requiring high heating rates or solar concentration. At the top of NREL's South Table Mountain campus, the HFSF is a unique user facility for testing high-temperature processes and applications. [...]
On November 6, 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office awarded $128 million to 75 new projects that will advance solar technologies in five major areas. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) earned a major portion of this funding—nearly $20 million. Each innovative project will work [...]
ARPA-E has challenged researchers to innovate a storage technology that can be deployed in almost any location and charge and discharge electricity, at a low fixed cost per cycle, for up to 4 days. The DAYS (Duration Addition to electricitY Storage) challenge is to supply an unmet market need – [...]
With seven new projects, NREL will elevate research in concentrating solar power (CSP). The projects are funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) through a National Laboratory call for proposals. NREL's CSP work is part of the Department of Energy's CSP program, which supports early-stage [...]
Mark Mehos manages both the Thermal Sciences R&D group and the Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Program at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The emphasis of NREL’s CSP program is the development of low-cost, high-performance, and high-reliability systems that use concentrated sunlight to generate power. Mark is also the [...]
Next-generation concentrating solar power (CSP) plants require high-temperature fluids, like molten salts, in the range of 550-750 degrees Celsius to store heat and generate electricity. At those high temperatures, however, the molten salts eat away at common alloys used in the heat exchangers, piping, and storage vessels of CSP systems. [...]
The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California (US), the world’s largest solar power plant, is a concentrating solar power (CSP) complex that uses more than 300,000 mirrors to generate electricity. On 19 May when a small fire shut down a generating tower the mainstream press jumped on the news [...]
Reducing the cost of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP)-generated electricity, however, requires improving the efficiency of this conversion.
NREL study finds additional value with 6–9 hours of storage in concentrated solar power (CSP) plants
NREL found that the value of energy delivered by dry-cooled parabolic trough and solar power tower plants with storage is similar.
Findings demonstrate increasing importance for Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) systems with thermal energy storage.
The report found a wide range of total land use requirements for solar power plants across technologies
Saudi Arabia is planning to move aggressively into renewable energy, with plans to install more solar and wind power in the next 20 years than the rest of the world has installed to date.
Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have quantified the significant value that concentrating solar power (CSP) plants can add to an electric grid.