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 CSP Works: Tower, Trough, Fresnel or Dish

All concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies use a mirror configuration 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. Concentrating solar power plants can integrate thermal energy […]

Why We’ll Need CSP’s Solar Thermal Energy Next

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. 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LCOE is an Outdated Metric for a Solar Grid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. […]