Ben Welter - Thursday, September 17, 2015
The U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative program has awarded $1.6 million to scale up and demonstrate a novel thermal energy storage system that stores solar energy as heat for later use as electricity. Argonne National Laboratory has partnered with Koppers Inc. and Parker Hannifin Corp. on the project.
"A team of researchers at Argonne has developed a composite heat storage material that receives and releases heat very rapidly. This material consists of high-conductivity foams that have been infiltrated with a high-temperature phase-changing material. The awarded scale-up and demonstration project will yield an energy storage system that has three times the capacity of the current lab-scale system."
Other SunShot developments this week:
• The Department of Energy and Southern Research signed a $3 million agreement to demonstrate a high-temperature solar energy storage system.
• SolarReserve received a $2.4 million award to improve its molten salt energy storage capabilities.