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Solar and Coal: Arch Enemies or Best Friends?

May 21, 2012 by Rhys Clay
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To many the concept of power generated from solar energy and fossil fuels seem diametrically opposed. One fuel source is deemed as futuristic, green and renewable whilst the other is seen as old, dirty and finite. But recent projects being undertaken around the world at the moment demonstrate the synergies that can exist when these two energy sources are combined. The question is: is the combination of solar and coal a first step in the path towards renewable energy, or is it nothing more than propaganda with the intention of slowing the progress of emerging renewable technologies?[read more]

Concentrated Solar Power’s Question Of Scale: Why Bigger Is Not Better

May 5, 2011 by Bea Gonzalez
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In a bid to identify the tipping point between scale and cost efficiency, the latest report from CSP Today, ‘CSP Parabolic Trough Report: Costs and Performance’, challenges the conventional wisdom on scale and cost.Scaling up plant size is often cited as the concentrated solar power sector’s silver bullet for lowering costs. The theory...[read more]

Impact of CSP and PV Solar Feed-In Tariffs in Spain

November 8, 2010 by Willem Post

  The purpose of this study is to show the impact of concentrated solar power, CSP, and PV Solar feed-in-tariffs, FITs, in Spain which has the largest installed base of CSP and the second largest installed base, after Germany, of grid-connected PV solar systems in the world about which much data is available. http://1bog.org/top-10-...[read more]

U.S. gets its first big concentrating photovoltaic farm

March 19, 2010 by Todd Woody

Photo: SolFocus In The New York Times on Thursday, I wrote that Silicon Valley startup SolFocus is building the first large concentrating photovoltaic power plant in the United States: The nation’s first big concentrating photovoltaic power plant is under construction in the California desert. SolFocus, a Silicon Valley startup, is...[read more]

Concentrated solar used to turn biomass into biofuel

March 10, 2010 by ToddWallace
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Sundrop Fuels, Inc., has developed a process using concentrated solar to vaporize biofuel that produces twice as much fuel as conventional gasification. Sundrop’s process works using a network of solar mirrors that point sunlight to a gasifying unit. The unit heats up ceramic tubes to 1,200 to 1,300 degrees C–hot enough to vaporize any...[read more]

California Solar Thermal Power Project Bumped

October 5, 2009 by Big Gav

TreeHugger reports that Brightsource's proposed solar thermal power plant for Ivanpah in California has been stymied by the inclusion of the site in a new National Park - California Solar-Thermal Power Project Bumped For New National Monument.In 2008 we learned that - BrightSource [was] to Build 500 Megawatts of Solar-Thermal Power in...[read more]

Bill Gross’s solar breakthrough

August 6, 2009 by Marc Gunther

“We are producing the lowest cost solar electrons in the history of the world,” Bill Gross is telling me. “Nobody’s ever done it. Nobody’s close.” Bill Gross is nothing if not an enthusiast, which makes him a great salesman for whatever it is he happens to be selling. A lifelong entrepreneur, a longtime evangelist for solar energy and...[read more]