A very large-scale long duration energy storage (LDES) idea from MIT envisages a 1 kilometer-long, 60 meter-wide lidded central storage container of rocks sunk 20 meters down into the ground – about the size of 10 football fields if they were laid end to end. The idea is that it [...]
A US$75 million national research and development (R&D) facility for energy storage is expected to be up and running by 2025, the US Department of Energy (DOE) said yesterday. Called the Grid Storage Launchpad (GSL), 30 separate research laboratories will be hosted at the site including technology prototype testing chambers [...]
Pumping hot molten silicon is the key to gigawatt-scale thermal storage. “This is the technological step that we made that preceded this,” said Henry. At this scale, you would need to able to pump a very large volume of very hot silicon through the enormous network of carbon graphite pipes. [...]
MIT researchers have invented a novel method to store renewable energy, such as solar energy and wind power, and deliver that energy back into an electric grid on demand. MIT engineers have come up with a conceptual design for a system to store renewable energy, such as solar and [...]
Researchers at the United Arab Emirates' Masdar Institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have jointly developed a new high-performance solar absorber which could lower the cost of CSP generation, the Masdar Institute said in a statement. The new absorber uses an ultrathin nano-composite film made of silver and [...]
The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MIT) faculty has discovered a novel way to significantly increase the amount of sunlight that a solar absorber can convert into heat. By converting more of the solar energy that reaches the Earth’s surface into heat in a low-cost way, the solar absorber [...]
One of Masdar Institute’s most distinctive landmarks is its 66-foot Beam Down Tower, which investigators are using for research on concentrated solar power.
A new material, combined with a cheap tracking system, could unleash the promise of concentrated solar power (CSP).
Concentrated Solar Power could benefit from this structure for small-scale or low temperature applications.
The plan, detailed in a paper published in the journal Solar Energy, would use an array of mirrors spread across a hillside, aimed to focus sunlight on the top of the tank of salt below.