California, United States — Multinational engineering company Sener has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Department 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 under which the 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 base load CSP plants in the future.
Sener leads a team that will also call on contributions from GrafTech International Ltd. and the University of California at Berkeley, as well as the support of potential key suppliers. The project, known as High Efficiency Thermal Storage System for Solar Plants (HELSOLAR), calls for the companies to develop a high temperature solid storage concept based on the utilization of graphite. This concept could 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” said Miguel Domingo, head of the solar business at Sener.