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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