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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…

Abengoa solar thermal energy storage systems having proved successful in the US, the company is now marketing standalone systems using molten salt, batteries and flywheels.

Abengoa: could molten salt do peaker job?

By Jason Deign Abengoa, perhaps best known for massive solar thermal plant such as Solana and Mojave, is pitching standalone molten salt storage systems and solar generation-connected thermal storage as a replacement for gas peakers. The multinational infrastructure…

Energy storage in Arizona should see huge growth if new procurement proposals from the state utility APS and RUCO are approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission. Photo: Abengoa, Solana solar power station

Arizona’s answer to the US carbon headache?

Arizona could become the next big market for energy storage if a settlement agreed last month gets the go-ahead from regulators. And in doing so it could help lead the way in overcoming an energy…

Does phase-change material storage have advantages over molten salt thermal energy storage for a concentrated solar power plant? Photo credit: Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project, SolarReserve

Solar thermal energy storage loses its way

Too much salt is not just bad for your health. It could also harm the likelihood of thermal energy storage (TES) cost reduction across the entire concentrated solar power (CSP) industry. Right now, molten salt TES is…

Abengoa, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Colorado School of Mines have been chosen by the US Department of Energy to research and develop new solar energy storage technology for thermo-electric plants.

Energy storage news: 18.06.14

The leading energy storage news headlines from our Twitter feed this week. Boston-Power, based in China, is closing a round of funding worth about USD$250m in order to increase production at its Chinese electric vehicle battery plant and compete…

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Israeli CSP plant to have storage

Spanish solar specialist Abengoa and Israeli company Shikun & Binui have formed a joint venture known as Negev Energy to build a concentrated solar power (CSP) centre in the Ashalim area of the Negev Desert.