DOE Works with Abengoa for Solar-Thermal Storage

June 12, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

Abengoa energy manageSpain-based Abengoa, together with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Colorado School of Mines, has been selected by the US Department of Energy to develop a new solar storage technology for thermo-electric plants. The program will last for two years and will require an investment of $1.76 million by the DOE.

Abengoa will be responsible for leading the systems integration work and the technical-financial analysis, focusing on the commercial potential of this technology in future solar plants.

The capacity to generate electricity on demand is one of the most important characteristics of solar-thermal energy compared to other types of renewable energy. The storage system enables clean energy to be produced at maximum output without using the solar field, which can be used to supply peak demand times during the day. This manageability also solves the problems of intermittency inherent in other renewable energies, such as wind or photovoltaic power, since it enables supply to remain stable, increasing the value of solar-thermal energy.

This project is part of the SunShot Initiative carried out by the DOE.

Abengoa has worked with the US Department of Energy on various occasions, such as the Solana Generating Station near Gila Bend, Ariz., a parabolic trough plant with thermal energy storage allowing for electricity to be produced at night.

 

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