Solar Thermal Energy-Current Status and Future Potential

by F. Kreith,

Technical Report


CSP Unique ID 3042


Electronic Resource


Publisher Unknown


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Solar energy conversion technologies have achieved significant market penetration. Solar flat-plate hot water heaters are a mature collector technology marketed in many countries to provide low-temperature thermal energy for household use. Solar thermal electric generation plants using
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concentrated sunlight have been built and operated in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, and Japan. Solar thermal technology has been proven feasible for electric power generation, cogeneration, and industrial process heat
over a wide range of concentrations and temperatures. Currently, 200 MW of electric power are being generated in California by a hybrid parabolic trough solar thermal and natural gas system. This paper reviews the status of thermal technologies using concentrated. solar radiation to produce electric power and describes their future potential."
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