31 Dec '15, 4pm

Masdar Institute researchers claim desert #sand can be used for #CSP generation

Masdar Institute researchers claim desert #sand can be used for #CSP generation

The research project called ‘Sandstock’ has been seeking to develop a sustainable and low-cost gravity-fed solar receiver and storage system, using sand particles as the heat collector, heat transfer and thermal energy storage (TES) media. The institute studied the thermal stability of sand at high temperatures and its specific heat capacity and tendency to agglomerate. As a result of the project, the researchers at the Institute have now concluded that desert sand from the UAE can now be considered a possible thermal energy storage (TES) material. “The research success of the Sandstock project illustrates the strength of our research and its local relevance” said Dr. Behjat Al Yousuf, Interim Provost, Masdar Institute. “With the launch of the MISP in November, we have further broadened the scope of our solar energy research and we believe more success will follow in the m...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/article/masdar-ins...

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