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Environment

Solar Plant Tests New Transfer Fluid

by Michael McCoy
September 15, 2014 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 92, ISSUE 37

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Credit: BASF
BASF and Novatec Solar’s demonstration facility in southern Spain.
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Credit: BASF
BASF and Novatec Solar’s demonstration facility in southern Spain.

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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