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Sener: DOE contract for CSP thermal storage system

By Gerald Ondrey |

The multinational engineering company Sener (www.sener.es) has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) for contributing to the development of the next generation of highly efficient thermal storage systems for solar thermal plants. This contract is covered by a DOE Funding Opportunity which’s main objective is to improve the dispachability of solar energy as well as to reduce its costs with the final aim of deploying utility scale baseload CSP plants in the future. Sener leads a team that counts on the relevant contributions of the company GrafTech International Ltd. (www.graftech.com) and the University of California at Berkeley, besides the support of potential key suppliers. HELSOLAR (High Efficiency Thermal Storage System for Solar Plants) project proposes to develop a high temperature solid storage concept based on the utilization of graphite. This concept will allow the implementation of energy storage capabilities in a wide range of CSP technologies, in a cost-effective way. “This is an example of Sener’s continuous effort in R&D and our commitment to provide more efficient Solar Thermal solutions” says Miguel Domingo, responsible for the Solar business at Sener. During the announcement…
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