11 Aug '11, 7am

Outlook Bright for Molten Salt Thermal Energy Storage as Concentrated Solar Power Grows

Outlook Bright for Molten Salt Thermal Energy Storage as Concentrated Solar Power Grows

Photo Credit: Tom Raftery/Flickr Construction of concentrated solar power (CSP) plants will drive global demand for molten salt thermal energy storage systems out to 2020, making the molten salt thermal storage market the largest of three high-temperature energy storage (HTS) technologies, according to new research from SBI Energy .Composed of three categories – sodium-sulfur (NaS) batteries, sodium-metal halide (NaMx) batteries, and molten salt thermal energy storage, the global market for high-temperature energy storage totaled $2.5 billion in 2010. TES overtook NaS battery sales in 2010, driven by demand associated with construction and project planning of CSP plants, upon which they are completely dependent, according to SBI. NaS batteries have been the largest HTS market since they were introduced in 2003, SBI notes. Utilities such as RUBENIUS in Mexico and the Abu Dh...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/08/11/outlook-bright-for-mo...

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