What is concentrated solar power?
Concentrated solar power (CSP) technologies use mirrors to reflect and concentrate sunlight onto receivers. The receivers collect the concentrated solar energy and convert it to high-temperature heat that can drive either a heat engine for a generator, heat water that can be used directly in for example district heating or to create steam that can be used directly or to drive a turbine for producing electrical power. The heat can also be used for desalination, providing clean drinking water for areas struggling with water deficiency.
This technology can be applied as a complete solution or as a hybrid model with a range varying from down to a few hundred kWe for smaller industrial usage up to several hundred MWe for utility power plants. The hybrid is combining traditional fossil fuel energy technology with CSP technology saving confined fossil fuel reserves during high demanding energy periods and do so throughout daily production hours. The solar energy can replace contemporary energy sources such as coal and natural gas in traditional power plants and across industries during sunny days - saving limited fossil fuel reserves and reducing costs on greenhouse gases as CSP operates with zero CO2 emission and thereby lead our industries into a future of renewable energy from a neverending source.
Did you know...
read more…that the first documented use of concentrated solar power technology was in 1866 where Auguste Mouchout used parabolic troughs to heat water and produce steam?