This 2009 paper underlines the overall benefits of solar power especially when considered as part of a country or region's energy generation options mix. In addition to listing the available technologies, the document also looks into the economics of solar thermal and provides a summary comparison among parabolic through, central receiver and parabolic dish technologies.
A partial list is provided of solar thermal projects which are either operational, under construction or have been announced. Finally, a brief overview is provided on what solar thermal power could mean for India. The Indian Ministry on New & Renewable Energy provides various incentives to academic, research institutions and industry in order to promote (the research in) solar thermal.
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