Solar Dynamics, EPRI and Malta to Advance Nitrate Salt Thermal Energy Storage

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected Solar Dynamics LLC, EPRI, and Malta Inc. to develop a new design basis document intended to accelerate low-carbon energy applications that use salt energy storage of nitrate.

The initiative will combine the organisations’ knowledge and experience to present technical recommendations for future energy projects using nitrate salt as a heat transfer fluid and thermal storage medium.

Through the compilation of leading engineering practices and lessons learned from past projects, both successful and unsuccessful, this design foundation document aims to codify industry consensus and establish guidelines to help future developers plan reliable, efficient and cost-effective designs.

This new design basis document could advance the next generation of nitrate salt thermal storage systems, which have applications in concentrated solar power, long-duration energy storage, and nuclear power.

“The team is very excited about this award and the key role it can play in accelerating molten salt systems,” said Hank Price, CEO of Solar Dynamics. “EPRI’s vast knowledge of the subject matter and stellar reputation, coupled with Malta’s global expertise in energy storage, ensures that this document will represent the current state of the art in technical expertise and practical in salt systems.”

“Collaborating with Solar Dynamics and Malta to assemble the most efficient benchmarks for molten salt energy storage and concentrated solar power plants represents an opportunity to raise awareness of this technology and help advance a whole class of systems. energy,” said Michael Caravaggio, Director of Research and Development, EPRI.

“Malta is delighted to contribute the knowledge gained from the development of our long-term energy storage system to the advancement of the energy industry,” said Malta CEO Ramya Swaminathan. “We are excited to provide our expertise and promote molten salt storage as a solution to some of the world’s greatest energy challenges.

The study is led by molten salt expert Bruce Kelly and is expected to last 12 months. It involves direct interviews with plant operators, EPCs and owners, and it will build on previous work by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on the subject.

“By standardizing these design lessons into open source best practice instructions, we will accelerate our migration to lower carbon energy systems and ultimately reduce costs passed on to customers,” said Price.

Abdul J. Gaspar