Solar thermal electric power plants

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Concentrating solar power appears to be the method of choice for large capacity, utility-scale electric generation in the near term. In particular, distributed trough systems represent a reasonably mature approach, and the power tower configuration is also a viable candidate. Both of these technologies have the possibility of energy storage and auxiliary heat production during sunlight unavailability. Other systems examined in this chapter include dish-Stirling engines, solar chimneys and solar ponds. Economics inevitably drives the choice of technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Renewable Energy Technology
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co.
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9789814289078
ISBN (Print)981428906X, 9789814289061
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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