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SOLAR THERMAL ELECTRICITY AS THE PRIMARY REPLACEMENT FOR COAL AND OIL IN U.S. GENERATION AND TRANSPORTATION (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This report was arranged by Chairman David R. Mills and Chief Development Officer Robert G. Morgan of Ausra, Inc. in 2008. The report encourages people to look into solar thermal electricity as a healthier alternative to fossil fuels and oil in supplying energy for transportation.

Although solar thermal electricity had been very expensive to conduct at one time, the price for this technology is now decreasing.

Solar Thermal Energy. An Industry Report (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 25, 2011

This is a document providing information and comparisons between solar thermal energy and photovoltaics (PV) or fossil energy, like coal, on an industrial level. The document explores the successes and challenges faced by some major EU companies in this business area.

Market Study on Solar Collectors in Chile (2006)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 14, 2009

In 2004, the consumption of primary energy sources in Chile was still very significant (oil 39%; natural gas 19%; hydroelectricity 18%; coal 10% and wood and other fuels 14%).

Given this high dependence on fossil fuels, the Government of Chile has set a target of supplying 15% of the new electric generating capacity with renewable energy sources between 2006 and 2010. With this in mind, the Chile Energy National Commission commissioned this study in order to help developing a national plan for the promotion of solar thermal energy in Chile.

Solar Thermal Energy in Iran (2005)

Submitted by Hans Craen on July 13, 2009

This document from 2005 looks into the potential of solar thermal development for Iran. Although Iran has a very high level of incoming global radiation, the use of solar energy in general is very low. One of the key-obstacles for solar thermal is the low level of energy prices. This can be explained due to the significant subsidies for fossil fuels which blocks private investments in energy saving activities.

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