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Solar Energy Technologies Program (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This two page brochure is an overview of the US Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Program. Written by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), this report summarizes the recent initiatives and strategic focus of DOE’s Solar Energy Technologies Program and touches on regulatory efforts to help the burgeoning concentrating solar power (CSP) market sector.

Concentrated Solar Power: Focusing the Sun’s Energy for Large‐scale Power Generation (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This factsheet was created by Tracy Jennings and Laura Parsons of the Environmental and Energy Study Institute based in Washington D.C. It focuses on the various system types of concentrating solar power and its key features. The factsheet gives a brief description of parabolic troughs, linear fresnol reflectors, dish/engine systems, and power towers; explaining how each system uses direct solar radiation for utility energy production. CSP systems require supplemental fuel sources or thermal storage operations to continue producing energy at night.

Solar Thermal Technology (2005)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 31, 2015

This presentation is from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) OpenCourseWare program on Sustainable Energy. It provides an overview of solar thermal technology including power towers, solar thermal cooling and storage technologies. Different concentrating solar thermal technologies such as solar chimneys, parabolic troughs and heliostat fields are all briefly detailed with graphs and key points about their history and economic viability.

Reduced Water Consumption in Concentrating Solar Power Systems

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 12, 2009

This report from the US Department of Energy on the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, discusses potential methods to reduce water consumption associated with concentrated solar power (CSP) systems. The four technologies covered in the report are parabolic troughs, linear Fresnel, power towers and dish/engine. Parabolic troughs are the most commercially available technology in this group.

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