Boosting CSP Production with Thermal Energy Storage

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Combining concentrating solar power (CSP) with thermal energy storage (TES) is promising for increasing grid flexibility by providing firm system capacity with a high ramp rate and acceptable part-load operation. When backed by energy storage capability, CSP can supplement photovoltaics(PV) by adding generation from solar resources during periods of low solar insolation. A discussion covers the technology thermal energy storage (TES) deployed with concentrating solar power (CSP); benefits and challenges of high PV penetration; an alternative to storing solar-generated electricity, i.e., storing solar thermal energy via CSP/TES; and potential benefits of CSP deployment.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)46-50
Number of pages5
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2012

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-6A20-54910


  • concentrating solar power (CSP)
  • solar energy
  • thermal energy storage


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