New thermal energy storage tanks for CSP and factories as mainstream energy source
Molten salt storage tanks are currently the most widespread solution that concentrated solar power (CSP) plants have for storing sun energy during the day. Current tanks often prove unreliable because the materials they are made of corrode and break. The EU-funded TANKRETE project is developing a new concept for molten salts tanks made of thermal concretes and special steel alloys. High manageability based on different sizes, power and positions (aerial or buried) is possible. The new technology will offer greater stability and durability, while also reducing investment costs by 20 %. These power units could also be designed for recovering industrial waste heat, leading to a significant carbon footprint reduction.
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