Fresnel Solar Articles

  • Generating thermal energy from the Sun – Case Study

    With the rising cost of electricity from fossil fuels, solar thermal energy (STE) currently leads the way as the most cost-effective solar technology. Major solar thermal power industry players are striving to make the economics of solar power a mainstream renewable energy source. Solar thermal electric energy generation concentrates the light from the sun to create heat, and that heat is used ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • 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 New Energy Update

  • India’s PV-led solar growth casts eyes on performance of CSP projects

    India's CSP industry is seeking maximized output from Reliance Power’s 125 MW Fresnel-based plant and progress in four parabolic trough projects to provide competitive cost references in a market pressured by PV growth, industry sources said. It has now been a year since the 125 MW Reliance Areva plant, Asia’s largest Concentrated Solar Power plant, went into operation at Dhursar, ...


    By New Energy Update

  • 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 New Energy Update

  • Hybrid Solar/Wind plant in Madagascar

    Distinguished among the winners of the Sunidarity initiative, the World Energy Foundation announced Thursday that it had installed in the extreme south of Madagascar a concentration photovoltaic equipment (CPV) provided by Soitec, one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of global CPV systems. Called Plug & Sun, this equipment allows an autonomous solar-electric generation in areas ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • The progress of the SunShot Initiative examined at CSP Today USA 2013

    CSP Today USA 2013 (26-27 June, Las vegas) will host exclusive SunShot Initiative roundtables to share the latest R&D aimed at driving down CSP costs and optimizing system efficiency. Since the U.S. Department of Energy launched its Sunshot Initiative in February 2011 the program has funded over 150 projects focused on the research and development of Photovoltaic (PV) and ...


    By New Energy Update

  • Parabolic Trough or Solar Tower? A technology decision

    Securing cost reductions and carving out routes to grid parity remains as ever the most pressing issue for the CSP industry. At the crux of this pursuit is understanding the associated costs of the CSP technologies themselves, whether it be Parabolic Trough, Solar Tower, Linear Fresnel or Dish Sterling. Delving even deeper, the ability to identify and successfully implement cost reduction ...


    By New Energy Update

  • CSP technology advances crucial for cutting costs in South Africa

    With some of the highest levels of Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI) in the world, CSP is positioned to play an immense role in South Africa’s energy landscape. Currently, four CSP technologies are being promoted internationally, parabolic trough, power tower, fresnel and dish stirling, but with the lack of operational data in South Africa the industry is still evaluating the suitability of ...


    By New Energy Update

  • 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

  • Indian CSP Powers Towards National Solar Mission Targets

    Experts at CSP Today believe important steps have been taken to sustain CSP growth in India It was announced last week that the Indian state of Rajasthan is accepting bids from solar developers for 2X50MW of new solar thermal projects. This will amount to 100MW of solar thermal capacity that will be awarded on a competitive basis. The pre-bidding process took place on 3rd January 2012, with the ...


    By New Energy Update

  • 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

  • More transparency needed on solar field cost and performance

    Novatec Biosol will be participating actively in the 4th International Concentrated Solar Thermal Power Summit (Nov 15-17) as an exhibitor and sponsor. The rise of the Fresnel system to the hierarchy of CSP is one of the issues that will be actively discussed at this industry flagship event with a 700 strong attendance. CSP Today: What are ...


    By New Energy Update

  • 2nd Progress meeting on the APOLLON project

    2nd Progress meeting on the APOLLON project   Introduction In Piacenza, Italy, has been held the 2nd progress meeting of the APOLON Project, so far the biggest integrated Photovoltaic project of FP7 whose main final objective is the development of point focus (PF) and dense array ...


    By New Energy Update

  • The rise of Fresnel technology is heavily aided by the consolidation in the CSP industry

    The need for increasing project scale is driving a round of partnerships and acquisitions that could soon see the CSP industry reduced to a few vertically-integrated monoliths and this could be aiding the raise of the Fresnel technology with AREVA entering strongly this market. In an industry that has seen more than its fair share of mergers and acquisitions in the last couple of years, ...


    By New Energy Update

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