What the Dubai tender means for CSP

SolarReserve's Crescent Dunes CSP plant in the US has a 1.1GWh storage capability, about equal to all the world's utility-scale batteries combined. Pic: SolarReserve.

SolarReserve’s Crescent Dunes CSP plant in the US has a 1.1GWh storage capability, about equal to all the world’s utility-scale batteries combined. Pic: SolarReserve.

By Jason Deign

Concentrated solar power (CSP), a renewable technology seemingly on the wane, could be back in vogue following a record low tender bid announced Monday.
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New love for US pumped hydro?

The pumped hydro project on El Hierro, Spain, is failing to meet expectations. The US faces a glut of applications for similar projects, which will face challenges of their own. Pic: Animam.photography.

The pumped hydro project on El Hierro, Spain, is not meeting expectations. The US faces a glut of applications for similar projects, which will face challenges of their own. Pic: Animam.photography.

By Jason Deign

Pumped hydro, the forgotten granddaddy of energy storage, seems back in fashion: records show 19 new project applications were filed in the US this year.
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California: “We are just getting started”

California's demand for energy storage is set to soar to new heights as renewables accentuate the duck curve. Pic: egorshitikov/Pixabay.

California’s demand for energy storage is set to soar to new heights as renewables accentuate the duck curve. Pic: egorshitikov/Pixabay.

By Jason Deign

If you thought California’s lead as an energy storage market might fade in the face of upstarts such as Australia or Germany, then think again. Recent moves might see new gigawatts of capacity being installed across the state by 2020.
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