The UCLA Energy Innovation Lab is investigating solar thermal energy storage. Two-tank molten salt is currently the preferred state-of-the-art thermal energy storage for solar thermal power plants. However, the costs of these systems are prohibitive for large-scale penetration of solar thermal into the electrical power market place. A UCLA-led team is working to develop a thermal energy storage system that will significantly reduce the cost and increase the volumetric and mass-based energy density.
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