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Solar thermal power coming to a boil

by Earth Policy Institute  (Jul. 22, 2008)

After emerging in 2006 from 15 years of hibernation, the solar thermal power industry experienced a surge in 2007, with 100 megawatts of new capacity coming online worldwide. During the 1990s, cheap fossil fuels, combined with a loss of state and federal incentives, put a damper on solar thermal power development. However, recent increases in ...

Solar thermal power plants for the Spanish electricity market

by Inderscience Publishers  (Aug. 7, 2007)

Solar thermal power plants are at present the cheapest technology for solar electricity production. At good sites Levelised Electricity Costs (LEC) of 11 Ct/kWh have been achieved in commercially operated power plants. Economy of scale and further technical improvements will reduce the LEC for future projects. On the 27th of March 2004 in Spain ...

Ocean Thermal Energy and Water Production

by Ocean Thermal Energy Corporation (OTEC)  (Apr. 24, 2014)

Introduction The scarcity of potable water is a growing problem worldwide, particularly in arid regions and among developing countries. Compounding this problem is the increasing contamination of freshwater sources, which comprise only about 2.5% of all water on Earth. Of this small portion, only 0.5% of the total fresh water available is found ...

CSP Thermal Energy Storage vital for utilities and grid operators

by Wind Energy Update - part of the FC Business Intelligence Ltd group  (Mar. 6, 2013)

The modern age of CSP can arguably be traced back to the 354MW Solar Energy Generating Systems (SEGS) in the Mojave desert, which now make up the oldest operating plant in the world, as well as one of the largest. However, recent developments in the industry will see SEGS eclipsed by 5 projects that are scheduled to come online in 2013-14, with ...

A brighter future for solar in Texas

by Citizens League for Environmental Action Now (CLEAN)  (Jan. 1, 2007)

I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that. - Thomas Edison, in conversation with Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone, 1931 According to the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), Texas has the greatest solar energy potential of any state in the ...

Introduction to Solar Energy

by Greenshine New Energy LLC  (Oct. 25, 2013)

Solar energy refers to solar radiation energy. Since the formation of the earth, organism relies on the light and heat provide by the sun to survive. But nowadays, the application of solar energy has been widely paid attentions. In recent years, an increasing numbers of people pay more attention to it not because of its characteristics of the ...

How efficiency makes solar affordable

by Energy Efficiency Markets  (Oct. 27, 2010)

By Reid Smith October 27, 2010   When solar energy companies think about how to reduce the cost of their product, typically a lot of time and money goes toward increasing the efficiency of solar panels and their manufacturing process. Reducing the production cost decreases the final cost the consumer will have to pay.   However, few ...

Implications And Challenges Of US Solar Power

by Greenshine New Energy LLC  (Apr. 8, 2014)

The US government and the private sector businesses are converting to solar and other forms of renewable energy to meet their sky-high and ever-increasing energy demand. Rapid reduction of construction cost, maintenance cost, remote off-grid solutions, tax payback, no harmful impacts on nature—are some reasons why this conversion is fast ...

Exclusive interview with CEO of Solar Reserve

by Wind Energy Update - part of the FC Business Intelligence Ltd group  (Apr. 18, 2012)

Last week Solar Reserve made headlines with their new 200MW CSP project announcement in Colorado. This week CSP Today gained exclusive access with Kevin Smith, CEO of Solar Reserve ahead of him speaking at CSP Today USA 2012 on 27-28 June in Las Vegas London, CSP Today CSP Today: There is currently 1200MW of CSP underway which demonstrates a ...

State of the art on solar drying technology: a review

by Inderscience Publishers  (Mar. 1, 2012)

Solar thermal energy is used in many countries of the world in the agricultural area to conserve agricultural produce and in the industrial sector for drying commercial products. Solar drying is practical, economical and the responsible approach in an environmental point of view. Solar dryers are available in large range of sizes, different design ...

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