Thermal






Abengoa bankruptcy: Who might buy the company's CSP plant assets in Chile, South Africa and the USA, or invest in Abengoa Yield? Photo: Mojave Solar Project, Abengoa

Who would want Abengoa’s assets?

By Jason Deign Abengoa, the Spanish renewable infrastructure developer, is thought to be hunting buyers for assets, including a large amount of storage, as it faces bankruptcy. The company filed for preliminary creditor protection a fortnight…


The EnergyNest pilot concrete thermal energy storage system at Masdar Solar Hub, based on Heatcrete from HeidelbergCement Group, could be game changing. Photo credit: Masdar Institute

The case for concrete energy storage

By Jason Deign The Norwegian firm EnergyNest is expected to announce the outcome of a pilot of its concrete-based thermal energy storage (TES) product soon, potentially within days. In September the company’s CEO, Christian Thiel, told…


SolarReserve, the solar thermal power plant developer, intends to dramatically increase the temperature of molten salt storage with a grant from the SunShot Initiative. Photo credit: Crescent Dunes, SolarReserve

SolarReserve chases even hotter molten salt

By Jason Deign SolarReserve, the solar thermal plant developer, is going after molten salt storage systems of more than 700ºC with a USD$2.4m award from the US government. The award, announced last Wednesday, comes from the US…