Solar Concentrators 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.

  • At 8%+ CAGR, Concentrated Solar Power Market to reach US$ 4 Bn by 2025

    As per a recent industry report put forward by Global Market Insights Inc., Concentrated Solar Power Market is forecast to register its name in the billion-dollar fraternity down the line of seven years, by exceeding a revenue of USD 4 billion by 2025 with a projected CAGR of 8.5% over 2019-2025. Concentrated solar ...


    By Global Market Insights, Inc.

  • Optimizing Wind and Solar Power in Africa

    Editor's Note: The following is a news release authored by Julie Chao and issued by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on April 5, 2017 To meet skyrocketing demand for electricity, African countries may have to triple their energy output by 2030. While hydropower and fossil fuel power plants are favored approaches in some quarters, a new assessment by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Why Solar Panels Are Grossly Inefficient (But Sometimes the Only Choice)

    Solar energy is an unlimited power source that, in some ways, is very inefficient. At the moment, developments in photovoltaic (PV) technology cannot meet the expectations of mainstream consumers and commercial establishments. However, this does not mean that solar generators are useless. They play a very crucial role in delivering power to far-flung locations, temporary camps and remote bases. ...


    By Larson Electronics LLC

  • CSP cost forecasts undervalue benefit to future grid balancing

    CSP generation costs could drop to $77/MWh by 2025 but storage and hybrid solar plants can provide further value by following load, Jose Alfonso Nebrera, Director of Spanish engineering firm ACS SCE, said at the MENASOL 2016 conference on May 26. Global renewable energy expansion is reducing the cost of solar and wind energy while increasing grid intermittency and the need for ...


    By New Energy Update

  • Water analyzer packages for monitoring critical process parameters in steam production of renewable energy plant Shams I - Case Study

    Located in western Abu Dhabi, Shams is a large renewable energy project in operation in the Middle East and owned by Masdar. It is a concentrating solar power station with a capacity of 100 MW of clean, renewable electricity by the use of large parabolic solar fields. In both traditional and concentrated solar power plants, the steam cycle is key to generating electricity. By monitoring the ...


    By AppliTek NV

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 New Energy Update

  • 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

  • Morocco calls for IPP projects; UAE uses sand for storage

    Solar thermal news you need to know. Morocco calls for Midelt solar projects The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN) has called for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) to develop the first phase of the Noor Midelt Solar Complex (NoorM 1). In a document published on December 31, MASEN ...


    By New Energy Update

  • Energizing our green future

    As world leaders come together at the UN General Assembly to adopt new sustainable development goals, climate change activists gear up for Climate Week in New York City and the Pope brings his message to the United Nations, a shared vision of ...


    By The World Bank

  • Preparation of N-doped ZnO-loaded halloysite nanotubes catalysts with high solar-light photocatalytic activity

    N-doped ZnO nanoparticles were successfully assembled into hollow halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) by using the impregnation method. The catalysts based on N-doped ZnO-loaded HNTs nanocomposites (N-doped ZnO/HNTs) were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy-energy dispersive X-ray (TEM-EDX), scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive X-ray (SEM-EDX), UV-vis ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Solar fuels: how planes and cars could be powered by the sun

    Solar energy is the world’s most plentiful and ubiquitous energy source, and researchers around the world are pursuing ways to convert sunlight into a useful form. Most people are aware of solar photovoltaics that generate electricity and solar panels that produce hot water. But there is another thrust of solar research: turning sunlight into liquid fuels. Research in solar-derived liquid ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Designing renewable contracts that value CSP storage

    As California ramps up its storage requirements, it has not included Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) with integrated energy storage. Instead it is testing pilot projects using batteries at utility-scale, even though it must be obvious to bean counters at utilities ...


    By New Energy Update

  • 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). ...

  • Techno economic performances of a dry cooling solar power tower plant under Algerian climate

    The Sahara represents more than 80% of the total area of Algeria. This region is characterised by the high level of solar energy potential. On the other hand, concentrating solar power plants represent 70% of the total power to be installed in the framework of the national plan of renewable energy and energy efficiency which consists of installing up 22,000 MW of power generating capacity from ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Case study - fuel-free power from solar thermal

    Middle East Technical University Campus, North Cyprus, Turkey Application Type: Solar Thermal Nominal Power Output: 18kW Thermal Heat Input: 200 - 400kW Hot Water Input Range: 170 - 225°F Hot Water Flow: 185 GPM Cold Water Input: 80-100°F Cold Water Flow: 220 GPM Date Commissioned: Q4 2010 Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus ...


    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 New Energy Update

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