Thermal Energy News

In this news section we publish the information on solar thermal power plants, R&D and innovative technologies. Unlike photovoltaic stations converting solar energy into electrical power directly, solar thermal installations utilize sunlight as a heat source. They concentrate solar energy to generate heat, which can be converted into electricity. Concentrated solar power. 

Why the World's Most Advanced Solar Plants Are Failing
These facilities of the future are riddled with troubles-- but it's not far too late to locate fixes.
Jun 24, 2020 // Thermal, USA, NREL, North America
A photovoltaic thermal panel for heat-pump homes
Dutch business Triple Solar has actually released a photovoltaic thermal solar panel for property structures which can be attached to a salt water or water heatpump. The maker claims the heater based upon the panel is an excellent option to much less reliable air as well as water heatpump and also extra pricey geothermal systems. The grid-connected PV system can export excess power under web metering programs.
Apr 21, 2020 // Technology, Thermal, Europe, Netherlands, Triple Solar BV, photovoltaic thermal, Mark Hoff
Oil Firm Eni Helps Synhelion Solar Jet Fuel Take Flight
A Swiss start-up is dealing with marketing 2 paths to solar jet fuel with the help of Italy's Eni, the 10th-largest oil business worldwide.
Mar 30, 2020 // Technology, Thermal, Solar to Fuel, Europe, Switzerland, Eni, Synhelion, Philipp Furler
Unique Stellio Heliostat Solar Project Goes Online in China
Among the globe's initial molten salt tower focused solar energy (CSP) projects that utilizes a "Stellio" heliostat was grid-connected at the end of December in China's Xinjiang district near the Mongolian boundary. The 50-MW Hami pilot project established by Chinese state-owned firm China Power Engineering Consulting Group notes a significant turning point for the unique heliostat layout, which went from idea to building in a simple 5 years.
Mar 2, 2020 // Technology, Thermal, China, Asia, csp, Stellio, Heliostat
LFDE, ÉNES Introduce Largest Solar Thermal Nuclear Power Plant in France
LFDE has actually introduced in Creutzwald the biggest thermal solar energy plant in France infusing the warm generated right into the network, in collaboration with ÉNES.
Feb 24, 2020 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Thermal, France, Europe, International, ÉNES, LFDE
Solar brings risk-free water to Bangladeshi seaside neighborhoods
F Cubed, an Australian firm that concentrates on solar-powered desalination systems, has actually landed an agreement valued at virtually $5 million to provide 1,140 devices that will certainly supply tidy alcohol consumption water to around 30,000 individuals in Bangladesh.
Feb 14, 2020 // Markets & Finance, Thermal, India, Bangladesh, Asia, F Cubed
A new solar desalination system to resolve water shortage
SolarCity, a nonprofit gotten by Tesla, released the not-for-profit GivePower in 2013-- and the Rive siblings, SolarCity's creators, are on the board.
Feb 6, 2020 // Technology, Thermal, USA, SolarCity, desalination, Hayes Barnard, GivePower, North America, Kyle Stephan
America’s Concentrated Solar Power Companies Have All but Disappeared
SolarReserve, one of America’s last remaining CSP developers, appears to have ceased operations — just as some global markets may be warming up.
Jan 21, 2020 // Thermal, USA, Nevada, North America, Concentrated solar power, SolarReserve, CSP developers, Concentrated Solar Power developers, Crescent Dunes
Why Desalinating Water is Hard — and Why We Might Need To Anyway
Desalination technology has been around for decades. But turning salt into fresh water takes more energy and money than is often worthwhile.
Dec 30, 2019 // Thermal, desalination, Manzoor Qadir
Fine-tuning thermoelectric materials for cheaper renewable energy
Researchers from Queen Mary University of London have developed new thermoelectric materials, which could provide a low-cost option for converting heat energy into electricity.
Dec 19, 2019 // Technology, Thermal, London, Queen Mary University of London, Oliver Fenwick
Thermal energy storage integrated with photovoltaics
2m of Australian dollars will be allocated for Glaciem Cooling’s test of its innovative energy storage technology at three different sites.
Dec 4, 2019 // Storage, Thermal, Australia, Oceania, thermal, Glaciem Cooling Technologies, UniSA
1414 Degrees to develop the suspended Aurora CSP site in South Australia
The Australian energy storage company is planning the acquisition of SolarReserve Australia II, owing three solar sites in Australia. 1414 Degrees is about to create a huge solar park with 400 megawatts of photovoltaic capacity and a few thousand MWh of thermal storage.
Dec 2, 2019 // Storage, Thermal, Solar to Fuel, Australia, Oceania, Aurora CSP, 1414 Degrees, thermal, Solar to Fuel, Solar to Hydrogen, Producing Hydrogen, Hydrogen from renewable, Renewable fuels
Australia could start exporting sunshine in the form of hydrogen
The government has been seen as slow to act on climate change, while Labor offered an ambitious carbon reduction policy.
Dec 2, 2019 // Technology, Thermal, Solar to Fuel, Toyota, Australia, hydrogen, Oceania, Darren Miller, Alan Finkel, Craig Buckley, Øivind Wilhelmsen, Solar to Fuel, Solar to Hydrogen, Producing Hydrogen, Hydrogen from renewable, Renewable fuels
£5.2m invested in Virtu hybrid solar project developed by Naked Energy
The amount of £5.2m has been raised during the latest fundraising round for Naked Energy’s solar thermal hybrid project. Most of the sum was invested by Earthworm, environmental fund management company, in conjunction with a co-investor – energy holding Taqa.
Nov 27, 2019 // Technology, Markets & Finance, Thermal, USA, North America, Virtu, Naked Energy
Solar energy: the 8 ideas that will make panels more efficient and cheaper
A new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency released this week explains how the sun looks set to shine on solar energy systems over the coming decades, with a wealth of advancements and dropping prices that could boost adoption.
Nov 27, 2019 // Technology, Rooftop PV, Thermal, Floating PV, TESLA, South Korea, Europe, Asia, IRENA, PERC, Norway, perovskites, International Renewable Energy Agency, Thin-film cells, Tandem cells, SINTEF