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Has Concentrated Solar Energy Run Out of Steam in the US?

December 8, 2013 by Herman Trabish

Concentrated Solar

Planning for new concentrated solar power (CSP) development in the U.S. almost disappeared in 2013 as developers turned to smaller, more achievable PV installations. PV has the advantage in smaller projects because CSP doesn’t readily scale.[read more]

The Marriage of Solar Energy and Natural Gas

April 18, 2013 by Tom Schueneman

solar energy + natural gas?

The Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has developed a method of combining solar energy into the natural gas production process to produce cleaner energy output with the same fossil fuel input.[read more]

Torresol Energy Constructing More CSP Stations

June 17, 2009 by Big Gav

Renewable Energy World reports that Spain continues to lead the way in constructing solar thermal power plants - Torresol Energy Constructing CSP Stations. Torresol Energy, 60% owned by SENER, has begun work on the construction of two new concentrating solar power (CSP) plants located in Cadiz, in the town of San José del Valle.The...[read more]

Concentrated solar power could generate 'quarter of world's energy'

June 2, 2009 by Big Gav

The Guardian has an article on a report from Greenpeace, the European Solar Thermal Electricity Association and the International Energy Agency's SolarPACES group on the potential for solar thermal power to supply a large proportion of our energy needs (why they limit it to 25% is a mystery to me) - Concentrated solar power could...[read more]

Solar could meet 25% of world’s power needs by 2050

May 27, 2009 by ToddWallace

A recent study suggests that concentrating solar power could provide 7% of the world’s energy needs by 2030, and up to 25% by 2050. That assumes a giant surge in investments to 21 billion euros a year by 2015 and 174 billion a year by 2050, creating hundrds of thousands of jobs. Under that scenario, solar plants would have installed...[read more]

Cheaper Solar Concentrators

May 11, 2009 by Big Gav

Technology Review has an article on making solar power cheaper using concentrators combined with PV panels - Cheaper Solar Concentrators.Skyline Solar, a startup that today announced its existence to the world, has developed a cheaper way to harvest energy from the sun. The company's solar panels concentrate sunlight onto a small area,...[read more]

The secret to low-water-use, high-efficiency concentrating solar power

May 1, 2009 by Joseph Romm

Many readers have expressed interest in learning more about the water consumption of concentrating solar power and how measures to reduce it might impact system efficiency and cost.  After my recent CSP post, “World’s largest solar power plants with thermal storage to be built in Arizona,” Michael Hogan wrote in the comments (here)...[read more]