Masdar Institute and NEST AS partnering to build Thermal Energy Storage Solution

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and NEST AS are planning to develop a large-scale thermal energy storage technology (TES) pilot in Masdar City in preparation for MENA's emerging CSP industry.

Masdar institute's solar energy department have been focusing on the development of concentrated solar power (CSP) and have recently launched the ‘Beam Down' solar concentrator, a 100kWh CSP pilot plant. The institute is now using the ‘Beam Down' as a way to develop TES systems and CSP components whilst, NEST have developed a module, scalable system for high temperature thermal energy.


The partnership between the institute and NEST will lead to the development of an energy storage pilot project which will provide NEST with the opportunity to demonstrate the advantages of their new TES systems. Given the rise in population in the MENA region, the poor grid connectivity in certain areas and the high costs of oil and other conventional powers that will become an issue in the next few years, the added value of storage that CSP has to offer means that TES is to be prioritised in the key markets for solar in the MENA region – Saudi Arabia and Morocco for example. The main advantages than NEST have to offer are that their TES is cost-effective, flexible and a scalable solution for the storage of thermal energy at high temperatures.

As one of the key values of CSP is the added storage capacity, the importance of energy storage has also been outlined in KA CARE's white paper in Saudi Arabia as a requirement to win CSP projects in the upcoming tenders in Saudi Arabia. Other technology providers are also preparing for these tenders with the added value of TES for CSP. AREVA Solar for example, has also recently launched their Fresnel technology with molten salt storage which will prove to more be more cost effective in the region in the long term.

NEST AS and AREVA Solar will be presenting on how TES solutions can provide value in a wide range of thermal applications, significantly adding value to CSP plants in the MENA region, at MENASOL 2014 (6-7 May, Dubai).

To learn more about how the topic of TES for CSP will be approached at MENASOL, view the full agenda here:

http://goo.gl/U8E0gY or contact Sarah Kingham at sarah@csptoday.com

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