Solar Thermal Power

  • A Parabolic Trough Solar Power Plant Simulation Model (2003)

    This report was released by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in 2003. It provides an overview of the Parabolic Trough model with details regarding performance, cost and economic assessment of design and technology variations. They compare modeled parabolic...

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  • Case Study on Measures to Support Solar Water Heating (2007)

    This paper was prepared by the research center, LEPII, and the World Energy Council in 2007. The report breaks down the total installation capacity, worldwide and identifies the largest installing countries in the world by per capita, cost and total systems. It also includes...

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  • The Challenge of Solar Thermal Forecasting (2009)

    This report was prepared by the company Bright Source and submitted to the California Independent System Operator (CAISO). The report draws conclusions on solar thermal forecasting, based on several factors including sun position, solar field design, thermal mass/inertia issues, operating...

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  • Current Status of Solar Thermal Power in California (2010)

    This presentation from San Diego State University reviews the status of solar thermal energy in California. Parabolic troughs, linear Fresnel, central tower receivers, and parabolic dishes are all discussed as the present solar thermal methods in California. The Rankine, Stirling, and Brayton...

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  • UTILITY SUCCESS STORIES IN SOLAR WATER HEATING (2003)

    This paper was prepared by a collaboration between the Hawaiian Electric Company, Eugene Water & Electric Board, Lakeland Electric, Wisconsin Public Service and JEA in 2003. Four utility solar water heating success stories are mentioned from Hawaii, Oregon and Florida....

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  • Solar-Assisted Technology Provides Heat for California Industries (2011)

    Created by the California Energy Commission, this brochure highlights the benefits of solar thermal collectors as it pertains to industrial development in California. It focuses on augmented solar thermal collectors and how they can be used to assist in a variety of industrial...

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  • Low-cost Distributed Solar-thermal-electric Power Generation (2004)

    This report was written by A. Der Minassians et. al. of UC Berkley. It measures the feasibility of solar thermal systems used for electric power generation, which could compete for price parity with other sources of electricity. The paper claims that when using only low-cost...

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  • Solar Thermal Technology (2005)

    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...

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