Energy Storage

Vast Solar Signs Letter of Intent to Purchase 13,500 Sodium-Ion Batteries from Natron Energy in 2023

Leader in concentrated solar power (CSP) aims to integrate sodium-ion batteries to maximize energy storage performance. Vast Solar, an Australian company and leading developer of concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) technology, today announced a collaboration with Natron Energy, Inc. ("Natron"), a global leader in the manufacturing of sodium-ion batteries. This [...]

Sodium Heat Transfer to Magnesia gets Storage Test

Solar researchers are testing thermal energy storage in stacked ceramic magnesia bricks – using a liquid metal; sodium, as heat transfer fluid. The magnesia bricks will be held in a packed bed in a single storage tank; so it will contain the liquid sodium in both its hot and “cooled” [...]

China’s energy storage pilots include grid-powered molten salt

While most countries are quietly ignoring thermal storage, China seems to be plowing its own furrow, and continues to toy with thermal technologies, in particular molten salt. Most molten-salt thermal storage in the west has been powered by concentrated solar power (CSP) projects – 50 MW to 100 MW mirror [...]

Sandia’s concentrating solar quarterly seminar addresses paradigms in thermal energy storage

Join Sandia National Laboratories’ National Solar Thermal Test Facility as it hosts, “Thermal Energy Storage Paradigms,” with featured guest Dr. Charles Forsberg, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m., MT. This fifth session of the Quarterly Concentrating Solar Seminar Series will include: [...]

Concentrated solar power – one of the main energy storage methods

The concentrated solar power station (CSP station) was first developed in 2012 and operates in parallel with photovoltaic power generation. Concentrated solar power is very important to make up for the intermittency of solar power generation. Concentrated solar power can assume multiple roles of “base load power supply + [...]

Solar Dynamics, EPRI & Malta to Advance Nitrate Salt Thermal Energy Storage

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) selected Solar Dynamics LLC, EPRI and Malta Inc. to develop a new design basis document intended to accelerate low-carbon energy applications that use nitrate salt energy storage. The initiative will combine the organizations’ knowledge and experience to present technical recommendations for future energy projects [...]

DOE Invests Half a Billion to De-risk Cheaper Energy Storage

Dive Brief: To help commercialize emerging energy storage that can power the grid for at least 10 hours, the Department of Energy has launched a $505 million four-year initiative. It aims to lower barriers to grid energy storage, and support small-scale, behind-the-meter pilots as well as large utility-scale demonstrations. DOE’s [...]

ATA Webinar: Capitalize on the Coming US Grid Storage Boom

Gearing up your company to capitalize on the utility-scale energy storage boom in the US A decarbonizing grid relying on variable renewable – solar PV and wind – for the lion’s share of the energy it integrates, will over time require energy services and increasingly rely on energy storage [...]

Will the US Demo Long-duration Energy Storage in Time?

In a new study from Sandia National Laboratories; The Value of Long-Duration Energy Storage: Policy and Perception, researchers have published details regarding policies pertaining to long-duration energy storage (LDES), including feedback from  around 500 stakeholders. Respondents included representatives from utilities, governments, industry, academia, non-profits, and national labs. While for now, [...]

NREL Results Support Cheap Long Duration Energy Storage in Hot Sand

There aren’t many novel clean energy technologies that could also directly remove fossil energy plants. The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has created one. Long duration storage at grid scale is crucial to meeting climate targets. Solar PV and wind have the momentum to be a big part of [...]

Solar energy stored in sulphur

A new approach to sector coupling: German Aerospace Center (DLR) conducts research on a new kind of concentrated solar power plan. In the PEGASUS research project, the German Aerospace Center’s Institute of Solar Research in Jülich is studying a completely new kind of solar thermal power plant which stores solar [...]

Aalborg CSP secures new contract with the PTES low-cost energy storage technology

The Pit Thermal Energy Storage (PTES) market is in rapid growth and Aalborg CSP has now secured its second contract in less than 10 months. The PTES solution using Aalborg CSP’s low-cost energy storage technology is to be installed at Dronninglund Fjernvarme (Dronninglund District Heating), Denmark. The contract is an [...]

Beam-Down Demos First Direct Solar Storage at 1/2 MWh Scale

Normally, power tower CSP heats molten salts by aiming concentrated sunlight up to a receiver on a tower that has molten salts flowing through pipes in the receiver to be heated and sent down the tower to store the sun’s energy as heat in a hot tank below. Beam Down [...]

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