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Rising wind energy and PV capacity in Texas will improve the business case for Concentrated Solar Power

Rising power demand and renewables in Texas could support several gigawatts of Concentrated Solar Power capacity in the 2030s but gas and battery prices remain a key risk for developers, Caitlin Murphy, Senior Energy Policy Analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), told New Energy Update. Cost reductions [...]

2019-05-08T18:39:22+00:0008-05-2019|Categories: BREAKING NEWS, NEWS, Sin categoría, Top News|Tags: , , , |

May 1st Deadline for DOE $33 Million for Concentrated Solar Power R&D

Up to $33M is available under the US Department of Energy SETO office to support the development of low-cost storage technologies for Concentrated Solar Power that make solar-thermal energy available on demand. In addition, the office is seeking projects that lower Concentrated Solar Power costs by supporting the development of [...]

2019-04-10T13:15:43+00:0010-04-2019|Categories: BREAKING NEWS, NEWS, Sin categoría, Storage, Top News|Tags: , , |

Department of Energy Announces $130 Million for Early-Stage Solar Research Project

Tthe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $130 million for new research to advance early-stage solar technologies. These projects will help to achieve affordable and reliable energy to enhance America’s economic growth and energy security. “Solar is an integral part of the Administration’s ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy,” said U.S. [...]

2019-03-27T13:46:57+00:0027-03-2019|Categories: BREAKING NEWS, NEWS, Sin categoría, Storage, Top News|Tags: , , , , |

US allocates $12 million to high-temperature Concentrated Solar Power research

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has allocated $12 million of federal funding to 15 projects that will research high-temperature CSP components and systems, the DOE announced October 23. "These projects will develop materials and designs for collectors, power cycles, and thermal transport systems that can withstand temperatures greater [...]

2018-10-31T15:18:45+00:0031-10-2018|Categories: BREAKING NEWS, NEWS, Sin categoría, Storage, Top News|Tags: , , |

Sandstone Concentrated Solar Power to offer storage below $90/MWh to California utilities

Boosted by streamlined permitting and falling costs, Sandstone project developer SolarReserve is preparing to enter into power purchase talks with Californian utilities in the coming months, Kevin Smith, CEO of SolarReserve, told New Energy Update. California’s SolarReserve is among a group of solar developers hoping to benefit from recent streamlining [...]

Nevada Concentrated Solar Power Towers Bridge Trump, California Energy Agendas

The Trump administration plans to fast-track one of the world’s largest solar power projects—10 “power towers"—providing renewable energy for 1 million Californians. But it could potentially kill wildlife, especially birds flying through the heat of its concentrated sunlight. SolarReserve LLC is proposing to build a 2-gigawatt concentrating solar-thermal power plant [...]

SolarReserve Applauds Partner Sandia National Laboratories’ 40 Years of Concentrated Solar Power Research

From testing space shuttle tiles to making electricity from sunlight, for forty years Sandia National Laboratories has contributed to energy research, space exploration, defense testing and solar energy commercialization at its world-leading National Solar Thermal Test Facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The facility’s primary goal is to provide experimental engineering [...]

US Concentrated Solar Power tests to reveal hotter storage

The Gen3 CSP research program will de-risk advanced higher temperature designs and identify the best-placed system and storage technology for future market integration, leading researchers told New Energy Update. In May, the Department of Energy (DOE) launched its Generation 3 Concentrating Solar Power Systems (Gen3) CSP program to create [...]

Concentrated solar power tower exposes materials to intense heat to test thermal response

Sandia National Laboratories is using its solar tower to help assess the impact of extreme temperature changes on materials. The tests, now in their second year, take advantage of the ability of Sandia's National Solar Thermal Test Facility to simulate a very rapid increase in temperature followed by an [...]

Georgia Tech Faculty Win Research Awards to Advance Concentrated Solar Power

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers are part of a new U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) initiative to develop the next generation of concentrated solar power (CSP), a technology that uses heat from the sun to turn power-generating turbines. CSP is an alternative to the better known photovoltaic technology, which produces [...]

UC San Diego engineer receives award to advance concentrated solar power research

Renkun Chen, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of California San Diego, has received a $1.18 million dollar award from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office to develop technology that can advance next-generation concentrating solar power (CSP) systems. The project is aimed at [...]

Sandia will compete to build a high temperature concentrated solar power pilot plant

Sandia National Laboratories will receive $10.5 million from the Department of Energy to research and design a cheaper and more efficient solar energy system. The work focuses on refining a specific type of utility-scale solar energy technology that uses mirrors to reflect and concentrate sunlight onto a receiver on [...]

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 [...]