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 […]
What part will solar thermochemistry play in building a future hydrogen economy? For an overview, we checked with a top solar hydrogen expert, Christian Sattler, who holds 18 patents and has authored 158 peer-reviewed papers. Sattler heads the Department of Solar Chemical Engineering at the Institute of Solar Research at Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und […]
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: