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Solar Electric and Solar Thermal Energy: A Summary of Current Technologies (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on June 26, 2015

This document, written by Tayyebatossadat P. Aghaei of the Global Energy Network Institute (GENI), illustrates the different applications of solar thermal and photovoltaic technology. 

After a brief introduction on the history of solar energy, the document firstly explains the functioning of large scale solar thermal technology systems, differentiating between flat-plate collectors and concentrator collectors. This section includes also graphic representations of the different systems.

The third section of the document explains the functioning of small-scale solar thermal technology options, including solar water heaters, heating and cooling, desalinisation, dryers, cookers, furnaces. The document includes also a section dedicated to solar thermal power plants and statistics on the world installed concentrating solar thermal power capacity. 

Author: Tayyebatossadat P. Aghaei, Global Energy Network Institute (GENI)

Date of publication: November 2014

Pages: 40

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