How Desert Solar Can Fuel Centuries of Air Travel

Thermochemical solar fuel manufacturing would be an energy industry with a life of centuries, rather than decades. The feedstock of sunlight, carbon dioxide and water is essentially unlimited. Scientists with the SOLAR-JET Project have demonstrated the first-ever entire process to make kerosene, the jet fuel used by commercial airlines, using a high-temperature thermal solar reactor […]

CSP is the Most Efficient Renewable to Split Water for Hydrogen

Thermochemical solar leverages heat from concentrated solar power (CSP) for chemical reactions. Research into thermochemical solar reactors to split water to hydrogen is a priority in top national laboratories internationally. (See SolarPACES Research Task II: Solar Chemistry Research). What part will thermal solar play in a future hydrogen economy? For an overview, we checked with a […]

How Solar Peaker Plants Could Replace Gas Peakers

Solar can be designed to run only after dark at a competitive price with a current natural gas peaker plant. Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) can be a night-only dispatchable (D-CSP) plant; with its entire solar energy absorbed by day to be delivered after dark to cover the evening peak load on the grid, according to a study funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE). Read More …

What is the Difference Between the Two Kinds of Solar: CSP and PV?

Read here about exactly how Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) works producing electricity from a power block thermally the way a conventional power plant does – except that sunlight is the fuel. PV (Photovoltaic) solar works in a completely different way from CSP All electricity is basically just electrons moving down a wire. Michael Faraday discovered in 1831 […]

LCOE is an Outdated Metric for a Solar Grid

The electric grid has changed since 1917. So should our way to evaluate what’s on it. For nearly all of its first century, all electricity was baseload.To compare costs between these various forms of baseload generation, a common metric, LCOE (levelized cost of electricity) made sense. But that has changed, because the grid has changed. […]