commercial solar thermal Articles

  • Solar thermal power coming to a boil

    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 energy prices, escalating concerns about global ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Solar thermal power plants for the Spanish electricity market

    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 the existing feed-in-law has been modified in order ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Solar Tower Report 2014:Cost, Performance and Thermal Storage

    'Strategically plan your commercial trajectory and optimize profitability in the increasingly internationalized solar tower market' About this report: Through industry-validated cost information, localized techno-economic analysis and inter-market benchmarking, this report brings unprecedented clarity on solar tower technology across eight global markets, enabling you to separate the fact from ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Ocean Thermal Energy and Water Production

    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 in easily accessible sources such as ...

  • Double nomination for AES Solar

    AN installation handled by our team at AES Solar is in the running for a national award. And we are also delighted to have been selected as a finalist for a local business award too. We will find out if our installation for Craigdon Mountain Sports at the Pentland Outdoor Centre in Edinburgh has won the Sustainable Scotland Award in ...


    By AES Ltd

  • A brighter future for solar in Texas

    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 country. “If photovoltaic (PV) systems operating ...

  • What Are Solar Buildings Technologies?

    Solar buildings technologies use the non-polluting power of the sun to help heat, cool, and power our buildings. Because buildings now use one-third of the energy currently consumed in this country, the potential markets for using solar buildings technologies in place of conventional ones is substantial. Whether you're a home owner, architect, builder, business owner, or industry or utility ...

  • Introduction to Solar Energy

    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 inexhaustible, but also ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • UAE’s MISP center accelerates pre-commercial tech development

    Almost three years after launching the Middle East’s first CSP plant, Masdar joined with Masdar Institute to launch late last year the region’s first CSP research and demonstration centre. Masdar Institute Solar Platform (MISP) builds around a set of unique facilities including a 100kW beam-down concentrating tower and its solar field, a hot-oil loop and thermal energy system (TES), ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Parabolic Trough Report 2014: cost, performance and thermal storage

    'Strategically plan your commercial trajectory and optimize profitability in the increasingly internationalized parabolic trough market. About this report: Critical Market Specific Cost Data: Receive the most up-to-date, industry validated cost data breakdowns from CAPEX to OPEX in defined optimal parabolic trough plants across 8 markets (Chile, India, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, South ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Advanced, integrated systems meet the challenges of commercial-scale operation

    Technological frontiers in die alternative energy industry continue to widen in countries around the globe. As such, die exploitation of biomass as a source of energy has become die fastest-growing sector among a growing roster of energy solutions. Today, more energy is produced from various forms of biomass dian from all wind, solar and geodicrmal applications combined. Much of die excitement ...


    By Beltran Technologies, Inc.

  • CSP Thermal Energy Storage vital for utilities and grid operators

    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 combined total of 1312MW. The five plants in ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • How efficiency makes solar affordable

    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 solar ...

  • Implications And Challenges Of US Solar Power

    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 paced. Questions now ignite as to how profitable it ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Exclusive interview with CEO of Solar Reserve

    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 significant achievement for the industry. What do ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • State of the art on solar drying technology: a review

    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 and are used for drying various food and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The Effectiveness of Combined heat and Power Solar Water Heating Systems

    Abstract: Solar water heating in residential and commercial buildings is often provided by integrating a large number of domestic thermosyphon solar water heaters. The economic effectiveness of solar Domestic hot water heating systems depends mainly on its types and configurations. Thereupon in this paper, simulation models have been presented for the modeling of thermal and electrical ...


  • Hi Tech company selects PSSI oxidizer - innovative solar panel manufacturer selects PSSI recuperative catalytic oxidizer

    Background PSSI was initially contacted to provide an innovative company with support to determine which air pollution control technology was most appropriate for their new product line used in the production of solar panels.  The product had been under development for many years and was now ready for commercial manufacturing.  PSSI worked closely with the company to understand their processes ...


    By Pollution Systems

  • Design, development and performance evaluation of latent heat storage foot warmers

    In this paper, three PCM based foot warmers of cylindrical and rectangular in shape were designed, developed and fabricated to store solar energy during sunshine hours. The stored energy was utilised to warm the feet in the late evening to replace electric heaters. By trial experiment, it was found out that the surface temperature of the storage units of the foot warmer should be between ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Determining performance characteristics crucial for CSP

    Why is the performance testing of newly developed plants important for the future of large scale projects in the US? As the development of large-scale CSP projects begins in the United States, the ability to accurately determine the performance characteristics in the efficiency, heat losses and overall power output of plants under operation is essential for generating widespread confidence in CSP ...


    By FCBI Energy

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