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Abener develops solar melted salts storage in Spain

Abener will develop a molten salts storage project for parabolic trough solar collectors and gas chambers (CCP) in an experimental solar plant in Almeria, Spain.

The solar storage project, which has an estimated investment of €3 million, will increase the capacity of the solar plant to store thermo solar energy, as well as allowing the exchange of energy between gas and nitrate salts.

How it works

The solar storage technology is based on the use of two salt tanks to store the heat. During the loading cycle, the heat from the salt is exchanged with the fluid coming from the solar field, and in doing so it is stored in the warm tank.

During the discharging cycle, the solar storage system operates in the opposite direction, heating the carrier fluid which will generate steam so the turbine comes into operation, hence producing electricity.

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