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Molten Salt Thermal Energy Storage Market Size, Share, Opportunities, COVID-19 Impact, And Trends By Technology (Parabolic Trough, Fresnel Reflector, Power Tower), And By Geography - Forecasts From 2021 To 2026

Published: Jul 2021 | Report Code:  KSI061614145 | Pages:  120

The global molten salt thermal energy storage market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 15.65% over the forecast period to reach a market size of US$1,743.663 million in 2026 from US$629.969 million in 2019. The molten salt thermal energy market is estimated to increase in the forecast period. The factors responsible for the growth of the market are an increase in the population which has led to an increase in the consumption of energy and initiatives taken by the government for the use of renewable sources of energy will boost the market growth in the coming years. Another reason for the use of molten salt thermal energy is the decrease in the cost per kilowatt for the storage of energy.

Impact of Covid-19 on the market

The deployment of renewable energy technology in many markets was already threatened at the start of 2020 by funding, policy uncertainty, and grid integration, which COVID-19 had further amplified. According to IEA projections, owing to the unprecedented global COVID-19 crisis, the number of new renewable energy installations worldwide declined in 2020. The decline is due to lockdown restrictions in various countries because of the pandemic, thereby severely affecting the supply chain globally. It is estimated that in 2021, with the revival of the economy the market will resume with the majority of projects that were delayed. An increase in government initiatives and investments in renewable energy technologies is going to foster the growth of the market.

Market Drivers

Concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies are considered to have a key advantage over photovoltaic systems. In this, the solar radiations are captured and then transferred to thermal storage to enable the generation of electricity when the sun is not shining or during the late nights or early evenings.

  • In central receiver direct-storage plants and parabolic trough indirect-storage plants, molten salt is commercially used. Many new CSP plants, operated by molten salt storage, have a capacity of more than 1200 MW, consist almost exclusively of indirect TES parabolic trough plants, usually providing 50 MW of generating capacity and at least 7.5 hours of maximum power storage capacity.
  • China is one of the largest users of molten salt thermal energy storage systems. In the year 2019 China accounted for half of the global newly installed concentrated solar power capacity.
  • Botswana government has announced that they plan to build 200 MW of CSP capacity by the year 2026.
  • According to a recent report by Reuters, Cubico Sustainable Investments has recently acquired 50 MW Moron and Olivenza CSP plants, thereby extending its Spanish CSP portfolio to 250 MW.
  • An increase in the research will help boost growth in the market, teams in the US and Europe have developed self-aligning heliostat technology which will help boost the performance and reduce the CSP costs.
  • China has invented a system that would reduce the risk of clouds at high altitudes. The use of the latest AI technology will help improve performance.
  • Molten salt is 33 times cheaper when compared to lithium-ion batteries.
  • Growing concerns for the environment will boost the demand for molten salt thermal energy storage. For example, Sweden has made an ambitious goal of eliminating the use of fossil fuels for the generation of electricity by the year 2040.

Market Restraints

  • Battery storage and pump storage are some of the closest substitutes for molten salt thermal energy storage. They are the major barriers to the growth of the molten salt thermal energy storage market.

The Asia Pacific will witness lucrative growth in the market

The market of molten salt thermal energy storage is estimated to be dominated by the Asia Pacific region, wherein China and India will be the leaders driving the market. China has invested heavily in renewable resources. According to the vice-chairman of the China Photovoltaic Industry Association (CPIA) the solar capacity of China has increased by more than fivefold since 2015 and it is estimated to double in the coming five years. On the other hand, India has set a target of generating 175 GW of clean energy capacity by 2022.

Major Players

The major players in the market are Torresol Energy Group, BrightSource Energy, Inc., Acciona AS, Abengoa SA, Yara International ASA, ENGIE Group, ACWA Power, Lanco Group, KVK Energy Ventures Ltd, and others. The companies compete with each other by entering into a joint venture, merger, and acquisition to expand their reach and global presence.

Molten Salt Thermal Energy Storage Market Scope:

Report Metric Details
 Market size value in 2019  US$629.969 million
 Market size value in 2026  US$1,743.663 million
 Growth Rate  CAGR of 15.65% from 2019 to 2026
 Base year  2019
 Forecast period  2021–2026
 Forecast Unit (Value)  USD Million
 Segments covered  Technology, And Geography
 Regions covered  North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific
 Companies covered  Torresol Energy Group, BrightSource Energy, Inc., Acciona AS, Abengoa SA, Yara   International ASA, ENGIE Group, ACWA Power, Lanco Group, KVK Energy Ventures   Ltd.
 Customization scope  Free report customization with purchase

 

Segmentation

  • By Technology
    • Parabolic Trough
    • Fresnel Reflector
    • Power Tower
  • By Geography
    • Americas
    • Europe Middle East and Africa
    • Asia Pacific

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. What will be the molten salt thermal energy storage market size by 2026?
A1. The global molten salt thermal energy storage market is expected to reach a market size of US$1,743.663 million in 2026.


Q2. What is the size of global molten salt thermal energy storage market?
A2. Molten Salt Thermal Energy Storage Market was valued at US$629.969 million in 2019.


Q3. What are the growth prospects for the molten salt thermal energy storage market?
A3. The molten salt thermal energy storage market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 15.65% over the forecast period.


Q4. What factors are anticipated to drive the molten salt thermal energy storage market growth?
A4. The factors responsible for the growth of the molten salt thermal energy storage market are an increase in the population which has led to an increase in the consumption of energy and initiatives taken by the government for the use of renewable sources of energy.


Q5. Which region holds the maximum market share of the molten salt thermal energy storage market?
A5. The molten salt thermal energy storage market is estimated to be dominated by the Asia Pacific region, wherein China and India will be the leaders driving the market.

 

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