Solar Plant Tests New Transfer Fluid | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 92 Issue 37 | p. 18 | Concentrates
Issue Date: September 15, 2014

Solar Plant Tests New Transfer Fluid

Department: Business
Keywords: BASF, transfer fluid, solar power, Novatec Solar
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BASF and Novatec Solar’s demonstration facility in southern Spain.
Credit: BASF
A solar demonstration plant in southern Spain.
 
BASF and Novatec Solar’s demonstration facility in southern Spain.
Credit: BASF

BASF and Novatec Solar, a supplier of thermal solar power technology, have commissioned a plant in southern Spain that will test the use of molten inorganic salts as heat-transfer fluids. In thermal solar plants, mirrors direct sunlight to a fluid that heats up and stores energy. Most solar plants use organic fluids that have a limited upper temperature. According to BASF, inorganic salts allow temperatures above 500 °C.

 
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