concentrated solar power Articles

  • Concentrating Solar Power

    Technology Overview   By collecting solar energy during daylight hours and storing it in hot molten salt, concentrating solar power technologies like power towers give utilities an alternative method for meeting peak loads. (Warren Gretz)  Concentrating solar power plants produce electric power by converting the sun’s energy into high-temperature heat using ...

  • Concentrated solar thermal power a good fit for Jordan

    Jordanian officials to discuss role solar can play in their developing energy mix at MENASOL 2013 (14-15 May, Dubai). According to the CSP Today Global Tracker, the use of CSP in Jordan is currently under investigation, “while the country is busy implementing reliable low-cost supply of energy using large, conventional and centrally-located power plants and developing its interconnection ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Growing a local concentrated solar thermal power economy in South Africa

    In recent months South Africa has seen a dramatic change in its energy policy as the Department of Energy, NERSA and Eskom have taken steps to move to a renewable energy future. On November 4th the Independent Power Producer bidding process for the first 200MW of CSP will close, leaving many anxious developers waiting until COP17 to find out if their project has won the tender. In answering the ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Concentrating Solar Power Global Outlook 09 - Why renewable energy is hot

    What is CSP? CSP (Concentrating Solar Power) systems produce heat or electricity using hundreds of mirrors to concentrate the sun’s rays to a temperature typically between 400 and 1000ºC. There are a variety of mirror shapes, sun-tracking methods and ways to provide useful energy, but they all work under the same principle. Individual CSP plants are now typically between 50 and 280MW in size, ...


    By Greenpeace International

  • CPV solar power system

    There are relatively few CPV applications still pursuing Si cells. The idea was somewhat "hot", no pun intended, when there was a silicon shortage going on, but silicon prices have dropped as new capacity has come online and the only successful CPV concepts being marketed which I know of are based on triple junction Ge/GaAs/InGaP or similar cells. These are also rather heat sensitive, and the two ...


    By Power Inverter Co

  • Solar Energy and Power Importance

    Have you ever wondered why solar energy or power is important? You are not alone in this because it is the common question of all. Before we can understand why solar energy is important we should have a good idea of what solar energy is. Solar energy is produced by the sun. It can be harnessed like any other type of energy and used to ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Only 30 tickets remain before the 4th Concentrated Solar Power Summit USA completely sells out!

    With just over 3 weeks to go until the 4th Concentrated Solar Power Summit USA taking place June 24-25 in San Francisco, the conference is almost sold out with just over 30 tickets remaining. The conference which has already attracted over 500 confirmed attendees (to see a sample list visit here ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • South African concentrated solar power executives call for more competition amongst EPCs

    In an exclusive CSP Today study of over 100 executives in the concentrated solar power industry in South Africa it has emerged that more competition between EPC contractors was viewed as the number one factor in reducing costs in CSP development. The results emerged as part of the CSP Today ‘CSP in South Africa: Industry Development Survey’, where over 100 executives were surveyed for ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Studies on performance characteristics of a solar parabolic trough concentrator with a variable area absorber

    The design of a suitable absorber that incorporates an efficient heat transfer augmentation technique is one of the vital parameters that affect the performance of a solar parabolic trough concentrator (PTC). The variable area absorber discussed in this paper provides appreciable augmentation in heat transfer without increasing the pressure drop materially and thus helps in enhancing the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A new type of solar concentrator employing a cone-cylinder combination

    Most conventional solar thermal radiation concentrators have some sort of symmetry which allows them to concentrate solar thermal energy for their operation. We report a new system that utilises the symmetry of a cone and a cylinder combination to simulate the concentration of solar radiation on a ring containing a fluid (water). A halogen lamp is used as the source of radiation to simulate solar ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Flat absorbers with trapezoidal cavity for Fresnel reflecting solar concentrator

    The absorber is a very important component of the solar concentrating collector. The overall heat loss coefficient of the flat rectangular absorber and multi-tube absorber were studied experimentally. Both absorbers were coated with ordinary dull black paint. The heat loss coefficient was comparatively 4-11% lower in the case of round pipe absorber and increased with the absorber temperature in ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Exergy analysis on solar heat collection of three–dimensional compound parabolic concentrator

    This study presents a thermal model for the optimum design of the three–dimensional compound parabolic concentrator (CPC) considering the maximisation of exergy delivery. The model in this study has been validated by comparing the computed collector temperature with the measured one. A good agreement has been confirmed. The optimum temperatures of the collector and the thermal medium are ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Solar power plants mw or kw?

    Solar power has come as a blessing to the humanity, not only to provide energy to all but to save humanity from the evils of industrial revolution. The biggest evil of industrial revolution in last two centuries is the concentration and centralization of wealth and resources and also huge political powers in the handful of people. So huge factories, mass production, big industrial and financial ...


    By AADHUNIK GLOBAL ENERGY

  • Genwest silverhawk power plant in nevada to install brine concentrator system

    The Facility The 570-Megawatt Silverhawk Power Station is a natural gas-fired combined cycle electric generating station located in Clark County 20 miles north of Las Vegas, Nevada. In order to meet the permitting requirements and conserve water, the facility uses a dry cooling arrangement. The project was constructed by Lockwood Greene acting as EPC under the project management ...

  • 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 power generation by photovoltaic technology

    The various forms of solar energy, solar heat, solar photovoltaic, solar thermal electricity, and solar fuels offer a clean, climate-friendly, very abundant and in-exhaustive energy resource to mankind. Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity, either directly using photovoltaic (PV), or indirectly using concentrated solar power (CSP). The research has been under way since the ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Solar Power 2011 - Solar PV Breaks Records in 2010

    Solar photovoltaic (PV) companies manufactured a record 24,000 megawatts of PV cells worldwide in 2010, more than doubling their 2009 output. Annual PV production has grown nearly 100-fold since 2000, when just 277 megawatts of cells were made.  Newly installed PV also set a record in 2010, as 16,600 megawatts were installed in more than 100 countries.  This brought the total worldwide ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • World Solar Power Topped 100,000 Megawatts in 2012

    The world installed 31,100 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) in 2012—an all-time annual high that pushed global PV capacity above 100,000 megawatts. There is now enough PV operating to meet the household electricity needs of nearly 70 million people at the European level of use. While PV production has become increasingly concentrated in one country—China—the number of ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Design and theoretical performance analysis of linear Fresnel reflector solar concentrator with a tubular absorber

    A linear Fresnel reflector solar concentrator (LFRSC) system is used nowadays for operation at intermediate temperature ranges by using solar energy. Considerable attention is being paid to the design, fabrication and testing of solar concentrators. The performance of the system depends on the design parameters, mass flow rate, desired temperature difference, tracking accuracy, etc. In the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Exergetic assessment of transmission–concentrated solar energy systems via optical fibres for building applications

    Optical fibres solar energy transmission and concentration provide a flexible way of handling concentrated solar energy. Solar lighting with Fibre Optic Bundles (FOBs) can be considered a promising option for energy–efficient green buildings. This study deals with the exergetic analysis and performance assessment of a system based on the idea of Transmission–Concentrated Solar Energy via Optical ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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