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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 ...

Solar Tower Report 2014:Cost, Performance and Thermal Storage

by FCBI Energy  (Mar. 23, 2016)

'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 ...

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 ...

What Are Solar Buildings Technologies?

by U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy  (Jan. 1, 2000)

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, ...

UAE’s MISP center accelerates pre-commercial tech development

by FCBI Energy  (Jan. 27, 2016)

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Parabolic Trough Report 2014: cost, performance and thermal storage

by FCBI Energy  (Mar. 23, 2016)

'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 ...

CSP Thermal Energy Storage vital for utilities and grid operators

by FCBI Energy  (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 ...

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

by Beltran Technologies, Inc.  (Apr. 11, 2016)

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 ...

How efficiency makes solar affordable

by Energy Efficiency Markets LLC  (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 FCBI Energy  (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 ...

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 ...

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

by Pollution Systems  (Apr. 25, 2009)

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 ...

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

by Inderscience Publishers  (Dec. 13, 2007)

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 ...

Determining performance characteristics crucial for CSP

by FCBI Energy  (Jul. 11, 2011)

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 ...

Determining performance characteristics crucial for CSP

by FCBI Energy  (Jul. 11, 2011)

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 technologies. After more than 10 years in hibernation, parabolic ...

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