Thermal energy storage in concentrated solar power plants

Fadi Alnaimat, Yasir Rashid

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Thermal energy storage (TES) technology makes the concentrated solar power (CSP) technology superior to the photovoltaics and wind energy, by making it capable of generating electricity around the clock. The advantage lies in less expensive storage in the form of thermal energy, compared with the expensive storage of electrical energy in batteries. This chapter covers the working principles of CSP by demonstrating the current state of the art of its primary components and the way forward to the next generation of the technology. The focus of the chapter lies on molten salts as heat transfer fluid as well as TES material, their chemistry, advancements, and challenges. All components of the chapter are covered within the framework of molten salt technology.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnergy Storage for Multigeneration
Subtitle of host publicationDesalination, Power, Cooling and Heating Applications
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780128219201
ISBN (Print)9780128219218
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2022


  • Brayton supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO) cycle
  • Concentrated solar power
  • Eutectics
  • Gen3 CSP
  • High-temperature thermal stability
  • Molten salt
  • Two-tank direct storage
  • Two-tank indirect storage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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