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Acciona wants to sell its Concentrated Solar Power plants to Contour

ContourGlobal Plc (LON:GLO) confirmed today that it is negotiating the acquisition of five concentrated solar power (CSP) plants in Spain from Acciona SA (BME:ANA). In a brief statement that followed press speculation, ContourGlobal said that it will make further announcements in due course, without giving more details. Earlier on Friday, …

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35% More Efficient! Researchers Develop Nanofluid to Increase the Efficiency of Solar Power Plants

Researchers from the Siberian Federal University (SFU) and the University of Cadiz have dramatically increased the efficiency of solar power plants by up to 35% through the use of titanium dioxide (TiO2) based nanofluids. Electricity in solar power plants is produced by heating water, which gives off steam that drives …

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Masdar Institute and Cleanergy Jointly Engage in Research on Thermal Energy Storage for Stirling CSP System

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and Cleanergy have signed an agreement to jointly engage in research on thermal energy storage (TES) system for Cleanergy’s Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Stirling-based solar electricity technology. Cleanergy and Masdar Institute will under the agreement conduct research and development to determine the optimal TES …

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Particle Receivers Cutting the Cost of Solar Thermal Energy will Get First Commercial Trial in Saudi Arabia

A new solar technology is twice as efficient, cutting the cost of solar thermal energy, by raising operating temperatures to 1,000°C, almost twice the 565°C molten salt temperature in current concentrated solar power (CSP) tower plants. For most innovative research in clean energy, the dreaded “Valley of Death” after lab …

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