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 […]
In the future we can mix solar heat + CO2 + H2O to make a carbon neutral kerosene (aircraft jet fuel) that will make flying climate friendly. Making thermochemical solar fuel is renewable, because sunlight, carbon dioxide and water is essentially unlimited. So solar from deserts could fuel aircraft flights for centuries while not adding […]
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 […]
If you could capture the sun, this gigantic thermal energy storage tank is what that looks like
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).
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:
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 […]
PV is revolutionary. Its cost-effective simplicity is why it is completely changing the 21st century 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. […]