01 Nov '16, 7pm

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A team is close to completing the world’s first linear Fresnel concentrating solar power (CSP) plant paired with thermal storage. It comes as storage becomes increasingly important for the economics of CSP. In October SUNCNIM, a subsidiary of the French industrial group CNIM, announced financial close for eLLO, a 9-megawatt linear Fresnel CSP plant with four hours of thermal storage. No completion date was given for the €60 million ($65 million) project, which is due to be built at Llo, in the French Pyrenees. It follows the development of a prototype at a CNIM base in Seyne-sur-Mer, near Marseille, in 2010. Although the French power giant Areva built a linear Fresnel demonstration plant paired with storage in 2014 , eLLO “will be the world’s first Fresnel solar thermodynamic power plant with the capacity to store several hours of energy,” according to a SUNCNIM press rele...

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