Masdar Institute Research Shows UAE Sand Capable of Storing Solar Energy

by Gage Taylor

A research project known as “Sandstock” at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has successfully demonstrated that desert sand from the UAE can be used in concentrated solar power (CSP) facilities to store thermal energy up to 1000°C. Replacing traditional heat storage materials, such as synthetic oil and molten salts, with an inexpensive material like sand could potentially represent a major step forward in plant efficiency due to increased working temperature (and, naturally, lower costs). Continue reading