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European Commission Directorate General for Ener : EU-funded project develops solar power storage technology

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11/13/2016 | 09:43am EST

European Union Energy Day - taking place in Marrakesh on 14 November in the run-up to the COP22 climate change summit - will showcase some top examples of EU sustainable energy projects. Read on to find out more…

Concentrated Solar Power plants (CSP) convert the sun's rays to electricity, but what happens when the sun doesn't shine? CSP plants often have fossil fuel back-up systems to fill the electricity gap.

Now, one EU-funded project, ORC-PLUS, is developing the electricity storage technology that would allow CSP plants to continue to produce electricity even when clouds block the sun, after sunset, or even as energy demand ranks up as day breaks.

By eliminating the need for fossil-fuel powered back-up, this technology could be a vital key in the fight against climate change.

ORC-PLUS's aim is to develop innovative thermal energy storage technology especially designed for small CSP plants with a capacity of 1 - 5 Megawatts located in a desert area in Morocco. The technology should improve the plant's ability to produce electricity when it is needed, regardless of sunlight available, and extend the number of hours a plant can produce electricity for.

The project plans to set-up an industrial pilot plant which will assess the viability, environmental impact and replicability of the technology.

ORC-PLUS

European Commission - Directorate General for Energy published this content on 13 November 2016 and is solely responsible for the information contained herein.
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