Thermal Energy Storage Articles

  • Chile CSP developer predicts world’s lowest price in June

    The Cerro Dominador group is working with strong construction partners on its Likana CSP project to cut costs and beat gas plant prices, buoyed by progress at its first plant in Chile, Fernando Gonzalez, CEO of Cerro Dominador, told the CSP Madrid 2019 conference. As developer Cerro Dominador nears completion of Latin America's first CSP plant in Chile, the company is ...


    By New Energy Update

  • PV plant costs fall 7% to threaten coal units; US court temporarily halts bifacial tariffs

    Falling solar, wind costs pressure US coal, nuclear fundamentals Average costs for utility-scale solar plants have fallen by around 7% in the last 12 months, increasing the competitiveness of solar facilities against existing conventional U.S. plants, Lazard consultancy said in its 'Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis Version 13.0' report, published November 7. ...


    By New Energy Update

  • Fire halts construction at Chile`s first CSP tower; US channels $30 million into CSP research

    Fire stops building work at Cerro Dominador in Chile A fire broke out Tuesday at the 110 MW Cerro Dominador CSP project, currently under construction in Chile's Atacama desert, the developer said on Twitter. The fire was spotted at 20:00 local time Tuesday at the top of the 250-meter receiver tower, development company Cerro Dominador, a subsidiary of EIG Global Energy Partners, ...


    By New Energy Update

  • Cerro Dominador CSP developer plans larger plants in Chile

    The ground-breaking 110 MW Cerro Dominador CSP plant could start commissioning by end of 2019 and the fund-owned developer is studying larger projects at three other sites in northern Chile, Francisco Vizcaino, Project Director at Cerro Dominador, told New Energy Update. After a troubled start, Latin America's first utility-scale CSP plant is now in the final stages of ...


    By New Energy Update

  • Morocco extends deadline for Noor Midelt II bids; Lebanon launches feasibility study for first CSP plant

    Morocco extends tender deadline for 230 MW Noor Midelt II project The Moroccan Sustainable Energy Agency (Masen) has extended the tender deadline for the 230 MW Noor Midelt II CSP-PV project by a "few additional weeks" to later this month, Moroccan media reported October 9. The Noor Midelt II tender was launched in July and developers originally had until September 16 to submit ...


    By New Energy Update

  • Capex of modular CSP plants could halve if 1 GW deployed

    Soon to complete its first full-scale module in Morocco, CSP developer 247Solar predicts series build gains could reduce capex to $3,000/kWe and sees advantages for industrial energy supply. Last month, 247Solar announced it will build its first fully-operational demonstration Brayton cycle CSP plant module at the Ouarzazate solar park in central  ...


    By New Energy Update

  • Noor Midelt winner optimizes CSP trough, storage to hit record price

    An EDF-led group has won the Noor Midelt I project in Morocco with an integrated parabolic trough CSP-PV design which uses multiple energy storage types in a new efficiency breakthrough, TSK, the project's EPC and technology supplier, told New Energy Update. On May 21, Morocco awarded the Noor Midelt I CSP-PV project to a consortium led by France's EDF at a new record low ...


    By New Energy Update

  • At 8%+ CAGR, Concentrated Solar Power Market to reach US$ 4 Bn by 2025

    As per a recent industry report put forward by Global Market Insights Inc., Concentrated Solar Power Market is forecast to register its name in the billion-dollar fraternity down the line of seven years, by exceeding a revenue of USD 4 billion by 2025 with a projected CAGR of 8.5% over 2019-2025. Concentrated solar ...


    By Global Market Insights, Inc.

  • Chile CSP pioneer signs PPA with Copec; Silicon storage to replace Aurora CSP project

    Cerro Dominador signs PPA with Copec energy group Cerro Dominador, Latin America's first CSP plant, has signed a five-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Chilean fuel distributor Copec, Cerro Dominador, a subsidiary of EIG Global Energy Partners, said December 11. Located on a 146-hectare site in the Atacama desert, the 110 MW Cerro Dominador plant will enter commercial ...


    By New Energy Update

  • Farah Hospital to save 416,085 USD per year with TES solution - Case Study

    ARANER, is not only the leading company in Turbine Inlet Air Cooling and innovative District Cooling Solutions, but has also designed and implemented some of the world’s biggest Thermal Energy Storage Systems. Just as we did with Farah Hospital located in Amman (Jordan), which is considered the biggest and most prestigious hospital in the Middle East. We take on each Thermal ...


    By Araner

  • How Do Stratified Thermal Energy Storage Tanks Work?

    The world is facing two headaches in regards to energy development: new sources of energy and innovation of affordable and efficient energy storage systems. Energy wastage is a chief concern and the solutions provided by stratified thermal energy storage systems give a massive boost to cost saving measures. At ARANER, we are constantly innovating and looking for the solutions that will ...


    By Araner

  • Morocco calls for IPP projects; UAE uses sand for storage

    Solar thermal news you need to know. Morocco calls for Midelt solar projects The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN) has called for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) to develop the first phase of the Noor Midelt Solar Complex (NoorM 1). In a document published on December 31, MASEN ...


    By New Energy Update

  • US energy-dense storage system set to raise tower efficiency

    Southern Research plans to commission by October 2017 a 1 MWh(th) energy storage demonstration unit using its high temperature thermochemical technology, following a recent funding boost from the US Department of Energy. The Alabama-based developer was one of 14 research groups which were awarded in September a combined $32 million from the US ...


    By New Energy Update

  • Designing renewable contracts that value CSP storage

    As California ramps up its storage requirements, it has not included Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) with integrated energy storage. Instead it is testing pilot projects using batteries at utility-scale, even though it must be obvious to bean counters at utilities ...


    By New Energy Update

  • Entropy generation assessment of shell and tube latent heat storage unit

    Thermodynamic optimisation for latent heat thermal energy storage unit (LHSU) is carried out using the theory of minimisation of entropy generation number. The influence of key parameters like heat transfer fluid (HTF) inlet temperature, initial temperature of phase change material (PCM) and mass flow rates of HTF on entropy generation number is analysed. Analysis is carried out for two PCMs, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Research team in PCM storage breakthrough

    Storage tanks at Valle 1 and 2, in Cadiz, Spain. Image courtesy of Sener.   Researchers in Catalunya have modelled a radical new PCM storage design that could deliver a 74 % thermal capacity efficiency with 32 % less salt than a traditional ...


    By New Energy Update

  • Exergy analysis of a multi–tank thermal storage system for solar heating applications

    This paper presents the results of an experimental study on the stored exergy of a stratified multi–tank system when subjected to various charge and discharge strategies. Tests were performed over 8–h and 48–h test periods, for constant temperature charging, variable input power charging, constant volume hourly draws and variable volume hourly draws. For each set of test parameters, three ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Can the Solar Hourglass serve as a CSP landmark?

    A CSP project proposal has won first place in the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) competition, but can the design make it beyond paper? By Heba Hashem October was an eventful month for Santiago Muros Cortés. The Argentina-based architect impressed the jury in Copenhagen with his plan for a Solar Hourglass that ...


    By New Energy Update

  • Energy and exergy analyses of solar ponds in the Indian climatic conditions

    Energy and exergy analyses of a salinity–gradient solar pond (SGSP) (100 × 100 m²) are carried out in the Indian climatic conditions. It has been found that the highest amount of useful low–grade thermal energy, i.e., 24,260 and 28,119 MJ, can be extracted at 80 and 85°C temperature from heat storage zone (HSZ) of the solar ponds at New Delhi and Bhavnagar in the month of May, respectively. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Bringing stability to the Grid: AES Energy storage angamos Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) - Case Study

    Opportunity In 2011, AES Gener, in cooperation with its subsidiary Empresa Electrica Angamos, completed construction on a 544MW thermal power plant in the town of Mejillones in Northern Chile. The plant provides electricity to this important mining region. To ensure grid reliability against transmission or generation losses, power generators in the region each hold back capacity to meet ...

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