SaltX Technology – listed on Nasdaq First North – and Danish Aalborg CSP A/S – a leading provider of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and integrated energy systems – have agreed on the key terms for a non-exclusive Joint Development Agreement to develop and commercialize an integrated energy storage solution for Concentrated Solar Power based on SaltX patented technology for large-scale energy storage - EnerStore. A first prototype will be built later this year, with the objective to secure a commercial pilot plant during 2018.
In October last year, solar power exceeded coal power in terms of kilowatt hours produced. The main reason for the fast build-out of solar power is simply that it is less costly than burning fossil fuels. Today's solar power, where electricity is generated by either Photovoltaic (PV) or Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), is limited by the challenges of storing the energy for the evening hours. With SaltX patented energy storage technology - EnerStore - large-scale storage can be implemented cost-effectively.
“SaltX and Aalborg CSP complement each other perfectly - SaltX with its cutting-edge technology, and Aalborg CSP with its strong brand, global solar project portfolio and experience to engineer and build integrated energy systems. The market for Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) is expected to explode over the next three years, especially in China, Africa and India. It is therefore important to quickly position ourselves and to accelerate the development of EnerStore", says Karl Bohman, CEO of SaltX Technology
During the spring, the companies have evaluated the technical and commercial pre-requisites for a collaboration and will now start full speed ahead of jointly developing a solution that integrates the SaltX EnerStore technology into Aalborg CSP energy systems. The solution will then be marketed and sold to Aalborg CSP’s target customers around the world.
“With the development of EnerStore we expect the competitiveness of our integrated energy systems to increase, allowing us to offer even better feasibility and improved return on investment for our customers. The future will see more hybridized energy systems and together with SaltX we will be able to offer a more cost-effective, on-demand renewable energy solution than our competitors. We see this as a long-term partnership where we can grow together in this rapidly developing market", says Peter Badstue Jensen, Executive Vice President of Aalborg CSP.
SaltX and Aalborg CSP intend to invest significant resources in the joint development project and will seek various types of external funding, both in Denmark and Sweden, for the development and testing of the first EnerStore prototype for CSP.
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