New Concentrating Solar Power Facility for Testing High Temperature Concrete Thermal Energy Storage

Matthieu Martins, Uver Villalobos, Thomas Delclos, Peter Armstrong, Pal G. Bergan, Nicolas Calvet

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Several thermal energy storage (TES) systems have been developed and tested to be integrated in concentrating solar power (CSP) systems. Recent studies show that concrete as storage media has the potential to become an interesting solution due to its properties such as relatively high specific heat and thermal conductivity, good mechanical properties, a thermal expansion coefficient similar to that of steel pipe and low cost of a material that is easy to obtain and process. This article outlines a new 100 kWth solar beam-down facility for testing high temperature concrete storage at 393°C and the first project to use the facility for TES testing in collaboration with NEST. Initial concrete characterization and testing results which show promising thermal and mechanical performance, are also presented. The CSP hot oil-loop has been modified and instrumented to perform research and testing of TES systems in real solar radiation conditions. Experimental TES system testing at real scale with a total storage capacity of 1.0 MWhth is planned to begin operation early 2015.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)2144-2149
Number of pages6
JournalEnergy Procedia
StatePublished - 2015
Event7th International Conference on Applied Energy, ICAE 2015 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 28 Mar 201531 Mar 2015


  • Beam down facility
  • Concentrating solar power (CSP)
  • Concrete
  • Sensible heat
  • Thermal energy storage


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