The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MIST) and Sweden’s Cleanergy have assigned an agreement to carry out joint research into thermal energy storage solutions.
Under the agreement the two companies will conduct research and development into suitable materials for a thermal energy storage system that integrates with Cleanergy’s concentrating solar power (CSP) Stirling-based solar technology.
The development of a reliable and highly efficient thermal energy storage system and its integration with the Stirling CSP system is of key importance for the product, Masdar siad. It is believed that this storage solution combined with Cleanergy’s highly efficient Stirling engines will produce scalable and dispatchable renewable electricity at very competitive cost, thanks to the system’s modular design.
“Thermal energy storage coupled with concentrating solar power is a promising solution for providing on-demand, utility-scale electrical power,” said Dr. Steve Griffiths, Interim Executive Vice President for Research at Khalifa University of Science and Technology, of which MIST is part. “While Cleanergy’s Stirling CSP system provides an efficient method for converting thermal heat to electricity, the system must integrate energy storage so that it can provide a steady supply of energy day and night, and become cost-competitive with solar photovoltaics and fossil fuels.
“This collaboration will focus on identifying the best performing phase-changing PCM materials that will enable Cleanergy’s Stirling CSP system to produce and store solar energy for extended periods of time.”
Cleanergy said that a partnership with MIST will shorten the time to market of its CSP solution.
It added that a demonstrator of the thermal energy storage system would be presented in mid-2018.