If you could capture the sun, this gigantic thermal energy storage tank is what that looks like
Concentrating solar power technologies use different mirror configurations to concentrate the sun’s light energy onto a receiver and convert it into heat. The heat can then be used to create steam to drive a turbine to produce electrical power or used as industrial process heat.
Photovoltaic (PV) solar works in a completely different way from how Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) works, which produces electricity from a power block the way a coal plant does – thermally (but without the coal, of course!). All electricity is basically just electrons moving down
Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) used in a solar thermal power plant is often portrayed as being in competition with solar PV, but in practice it really competes with the other thermal power plants like natural gas and coal. Here’s why:
PV is revolutionary. Its cost-effective simplicity is why it is completely changing the 21st century grid.
What if we could switch on the energy of the sun like turning on a tap? Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) is the form of solar that can be switched on when it’s needed.
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