Enabling greater penetration of solar power via the use of CSP with thermal energy storage
1st November 2011
Topic(s): Renewables, Solar energy
This work examines the degree to which concentrating solar power (CSP) may be complementary to solar photovoltaic (PV) via its use of thermal energy storage. The authors review the challenges of PV deployment at scale, with a focus on the supply/demand coincidence and limits of grid flexibility. They describe a series of grid simulations to indicate the general potential of CSP with thermal energy storage (TES) to enable greater use of solar generation, including additional PV. Finally, they use these reduced form simulations to identify the data and modeling needed for more comprehensive analysis of the potential of CSP with TES to provide additional flexibility to the grid as a whole and benefit all variable generation sources.
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