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November 30, 2012

NREL Analysis Calculates Value of Thermal Energy Storage for Concentrating Solar Power

A new report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory provides an analysis of concentrating solar power integrated with thermal energy storage, using simulations created by recognized, commercially available software. The analysis quantifies the incremental operational value of CSP with TES in multiple scenarios, and will help utilities, grid operators, and state regulators to verify that this technology offers significant value as a dispatchable source of energy.

November 27, 2012

NREL Updates Solar Radiation Database

Golden, Colo., November 9, 2012 – The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and collaborators released a 20-year updated version of the U.S. National Solar Radiation Database, a web-based technical report that provides critical information about solar and meteorological data for 1,454 locations in the U.S. and its territories.

July 10, 2012

NREL Joins Global Alliance of Solar Research Institutes

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE)'s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has joined the newly-formed Global Alliance of Solar Energy Research Institutes comprising three internationally renowned research institutions.

June 27, 2012

Thermal Scout Finds Trouble at Solar Plants

Device combines infrared camera with GPS and software to identify failing receivers at concentrating solar power plants.

February 14, 2012

Thermal Storage Gets More Solar on the Grid

NREL analysis says thermal energy storage can give photovoltaic power the grid flexibility it needs to meet demand at peak hours.

February 8, 2012

Linear Fresnel Technology added to System Advisor Model's Capabilities

A promising Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technology that uses a stationary receiver tube and an array of mirrors mounted near the ground can now be accessed within the System Advisor Model (SAM), which predicts annual energy production, hourly performance and return on investment.

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