Brighter Than a Hundred Suns
Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) systems use mirrors to focus solar radiation on a thermal receiver to heat a fluid for use directly in a process or to make vapor and generate electricity through a turbine. Point focus collectors include power tower and parabolic dish technologies. Line focus collectors include linear Fresnel and parabolic trough. Of these technologies, parabolic trough has the longest commercial track record and the most financed, installed, and operational plants in the world. In fact, 95% of all operational CSP projects today use parabolic trough technology.
SkyFuel designs and manufactures high performance, low cost parabolic trough concentrating solar collectors.
A critical and valuable feature of CSP systems, particularly when compared to photovoltaic (PV) systems, is their ability to store heat for later power generation at night, during cloudy weather, or to coincide with peak utility demand.
Here are several informative CSP technology resources:
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Concentrating Solar Power Research
NREL CSP Studies
US DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy CSP Site