concentrated solar power

Video: Hybrid photovoltaic–concentrated solar power systems poised to make most out of solar energy harvesting

By April Gocha / August 31, 2016

An ARPA-E program called Full-Spectrum Optimized Conversion and Utilization of Sunlight (FOCUS) is supporting efforts to combine photovoltaic and concentrated solar power into one uber-efficient solar system.

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Testing shows that Sandia’s falling ceramic particle receiver can still take the heat

By April Gocha / June 2, 2016

Sandia National Lab has completed testing of a novel solar energy storage technique that uses ceramic particles to collect and store the intense heat generated from concentrated sunlight—and the results look promising.

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Glass optics enhance concentrating solar performance

By / November 29, 2010

An all-glass optical lens may be the key component to achieving higher efficiency and higher energy production concentrating solar power systems. Silicon Valley-based Solergy, who recently announced plans  to install a 100kW all-glass optical lens CSP system in Sicily, Italy, believes glass is the only way to guarantee the durability, reliability and performance of concentrating…

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Concentrated Solar Power

By / May 21, 2009

Here is a video that demonstrates the scale and operations of one such utility-sized system. This features Nevada Solar One, a 64 MW CSP project that went online in 2007. NSO is supposed to be producing more than 130,000 million KWh each year.

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