Concentrated Solar Articles

  • Rendering fecal waste safe for reuse via a cost-effective solar concentrator

    The goal of this work was to design a cost-effective solar-thermal waste treatment unit and evaluate its ability to render fecal waste safe for reuse. Three trials were conducted from December 2011 through February 2012 in FAVET-Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile. The first two trials evaluated helminth viability daily. To calculate the inactivation rate for the solar concentrator unit, the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • 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

  • Large parabolic solar baskets

    I have recently designed and started manufacturing large parabolic solar baskets which will be proved to be the most revolutionary tool to produce local power in farms, in industries and in villages and to decentralize world economy from oil based to soil based. My solar baskets are one type of parabolic solar concentrators with short focal length which will be produced at the cheapest rates even ...


    By AADHUNIK GLOBAL ENERGY

  • CSP Today Markets Forecast Report: 2015-2025

    Streamline resources and plan market strategies in line with the shifting capacity trajectories The CSP Today Markets Forecast 2015-2025 presents both a short- and long-term outlook on the deployment of concentrated solar power (CSP) in the global market, as well as in six key markets. Using data from the CSP Today Global Tracker and insights from industry stakeholders, the forecast aims ...


    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

  • CSP Parabolic Trough Report: Cost, Performance & Key Trends 2013

    Plan, measure and optimize your involvement and profitability in CSP by accessing the cost and performance data The CSP industry stands at a critical juncture in its development. As opportunities opened up by the ambitious CSP roadmaps outlined in new markets are mediated by the well-versed financial difficulties facing established key markets, the drive towards technological cost reduction and ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Stellio heliostat set to cut CSP tower costs by 20%

    A new heliostat modeled on South African data is using a pentagonal reflector design, innovative construction techniques and smart software to boost the cost efficiency of tower plants. Heliostat fields typically contribute about 50% of the capital investment for CSP tower plants, according to a study by SBP Sonne, the German engineering firm which has ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Exergy analysis of DSG parabolic trough collectors for the optimal integration with a combined cycle

    A comprehensive energy and exergy analysis was conducted for various components of a direct steam generation (DSG) parabolic trough solar collector field under nominal operating conditions to assess performance of the components and to optimally integrate them with a thermal system. The solar field was modelled mathematically to compute thermal loss and consequently the thermodynamic ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2014

    Executive Summary The competiveness of renewable power generation technologies continued improving in 2013 and 2014. The cost-competitiveness of renewable power generation technologies has reached historic levels. Biomass for power, hydropower, geothermal and onshore wind can all now provide electricity competitively compared to fossil fuel-fired power generation (Figure ES 1). ...

  • Case study - Solar thermal In Louisiana

    Solar Thermal/ORC Application in the USA Site Location: Crowley, LA, United States Thermal Power Available: Up to 650 kWt Green Machine Gross Power Output Avg: 15-50 kWe Hot Water Input Range: 65-120°C Water Cooling Tower: Up to 600 kWt ElectraTherm partnered with its gulf coast distributor, Gulf Coast Green Energy, to commission a Green Machine for a project sponsored by ...


    By ElectraTherm

  • 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

  • Italy: the next CSP hotspot?

    Italy could potentially have a booming CSP market, thanks to high DNI levels in the southern parts of the country and in the main islands of Sardinia and Sicily – where one of the newest CSP plants, the 50 MW Mazara, is being built. Feed-in-tariffs (FiTs) for CSP generation and industrial needs for process heat should make the market even more attractive. So why aren't developers flocking ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Palen – a look back in time

    Over the past year we have documented the trials and tribulations of 500 MW Palen project as developers fought to achieve the necessary permitting that would allow grid synchronization by 2016.   By Jenny Muirhead   After a number of setbacks it looked like the developers were finally on track. However, ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • India’s first CSP R&D center aimed at LCOE to be discussed at INDIASOL 2014

    Ener-T and Indian Oil Corporation will be sharing their insights into the technical innovations being planned at the CSP R&D center under development in Jodhpur at the INDIASOL 2014 conference. The concentrated solar power (CSP) industry in India is bridging the gap between Phase I and Phase II of the National Solar Mission (NSM) with government initiatives such as two pilot projects and also ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Masdar on the importance of partnerships & consortiums for CSP

    Part 1: Finding the right partners for Noor II and III When the Request For Qualifications [RFQ] for Noor II and III came out we started talking to companies we knew well through our experience with Torresol and Shams.  However, this was the first bidding process in which we had participated on the bidding side here at Masdar.  At Shams 1[100MW project in Abu Dhabi] and on other ...


    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

  • 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

  • Effect of seed particle size and ammonia concentration on the growth of ZnO nanowire arrays and their photoconversion efficiency

    ZnO nanowire arrays were synthesised for dye-sensitised solar cell applications using the chemical bath deposition technique. To study the effect of the particle size in the seed layer on the growth and resultant photoconversion efficiency, we prepared various seeded FTO substrates by repeating the seed layer sol-gel coating process. It was found that changing the number of coating process ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • EI exports future skills expertise to the Middle East and Nigeria

    The EI has developed two new overseas branches, in the Middle East and Nigeria, to serve members locally and further to spread its professional recognition and good practice messages. Here, local Business Development Managers Maria Blakley and (below) Yewande Abiose describe how the new branches aim to influence education, training and careers matters locally. It will be no surprise to many to ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • Developing a CSP strategy for the Middle East and North Africa

    For the concentrated solar power industry, the MENA region represents a key pocket of opportunity.  But understanding and explaining the CSP proposition is also a challenge that needs to be tackled. After the Shams 1 CSP plant was commissioned earlier this year, industry figures have been looking to see where a pipeline can develop for the technology in the region.  This is one of the ...


    By FCBI Energy

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