Concentrated Solar Power
|Energy Information Administration is a statistical agency of the U.S. Department of Energy whose mission is to provide policy-neutral data, forecasts, and analyses. US Data on Solar Thermal Page.|
|Solar Electric Power Association a nonprofit membership organization. SEPA has more than 375 utility, electric service provider, manufacturer, installer, government, and research members. Their mission is to facilitate solutions for the use and integration of solar electric power by utilities, electric
service providers, and their customers.
|Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Department of Energy (DOE); and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Department of the Interior (DOI), are preparing a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement to evaluate utility-scale solar energy development, to develop and implement Agency-specific programs that would establish environmental policies and mitigation strategies for solar energy projects, and to amend relevant Agency land use plans with the consideration of establishing a new BLM solar energy development program.|
|U.S. Department of Energy. Concentrating solar power technologies- information about the three main technology systems; Linear Concentrator Systems, Dish/Engine Systems, Power Tower Systems and Thermal Storage.|
|Abengoa Solar. Info on Concentrating Solar Power. What is CSP energy? Clearly describes Parabolic Trough, Power tower technology, Proprietary Technology.|
|Green Tech Media. Concentrated Solar News.|
|Abengoa Solar- World's largest Solar Tower (531 feet high) went on line in Seville Spain. Abengoa's PS20 can produce 20 MW of energy.|
|Projects in U.S.:|
|BrightSource Energy, Inc., is planning to build a 110-MW facility near Ivanpah, California. The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has signed a contract to buy all the power from that facility when it is built. Should be up in 2012. For a detailed project description see-
|Cogentrix. DOE announced the offer of a conditional commitment for a $90.6 million loan guarantee to Cogentrix of Alamosa, LLC, for one of the largest high-concentration solar photovoltaic (HCPV) generation projects in the world. The guarantee will support the construction of the Alamosa Solar Generating Project, a 30-megawatt (MW) net capacity HCPV project located in south-central Colorado near Alamosa. The proposed facility will use HCPV systems consisting of concentrating optics and multi-junction solar cell panels controlled by a dual-axis tracking system.|
|National Renewable Energy Laboratory- publications, including technical reports and papers, about its R&D activities in concentrating solar power, as well as related information. A link to parabolic trough technology reports as well.|
|Concentrating Solar Power - Technology, Cost, and Markets'' States the sector could amass up to $200 Billion in aggregate investment globally for installations through 2020. Executive Summary free. Fee for full report. Prometheus Institute.|
|"Assessment of Parabolic Trough and Power Tower Solar Technology Cost and Performance Forecasts" Sargent & Lundy LLC Consulting Group. October 2003. PDF.|
|Research and Development Advances in Concentrating Solar Power. Fact sheet. Sandia National Lab and NREL partnership.|
|Solar Energy Development Programmatic EIS Utility Scale Solar planned on Bureau of Land Management- Land Documents.|
|National Renewable Energy Laboratory collaborates with industry to further the research and development of concentrating solar power (CSP) plant and solar thermal technologies.|
|Sandia National Lab Concentrating Solar Power and Sun Lab. Operating as Sun•Lab, a virtual laboratory comprising CSP groups at Sandia and NREL, Sandia's work focuses on three types of concentrating solar power systems: parabolic troughs, power towers, and dish/engine systems.|
|Sandia National Laboratories- DOE's National Solar Thermal Test Facility's goal is to provide experimental engineering data for the design, construction, and operation of unique components and systems in proposed solar thermal electrical
plants planned for large-scale power generation.
|Stanford University: Global Climate and Energy Project. Solar Energy Research.|
|Technology Research News is an independent publisher and news service dedicated to covering technology research developments in university, corporate and government labs.|
|CalTech-MIT. Phase I CBC brings together a diverse group of chemists to address one of the outstanding “holy-grails” of science in the 21st century – the efficient, and ultimately economical, storage of solar energy in the form of chemical bonds."|
|Bill Gross, the founder of Idealab, has designed a petal-like solar collector which charges a sterling engine.
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