Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Nanotech absorber layers raise Concentrated Solar Power efficiency

Researchers at the United Arab Emirates' Masdar Institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have jointly developed a new high-performance solar absorber which could lower the cost of CSP generation, the Masdar Institute said in a statement. The new absorber uses an ultrathin nano-composite film made of silver and [...]

New concentrated solar power patent from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

U.S. patent application 20170010023 (applicant Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.): "Systems and methods for concentrating and storing solar energy are provided. A solar energy receiver for use with the systems and methods may include a container for holding a solar absorption material, such as a phase change material, and [...]

Combining Concentrated Solar Power and Thermoelectric Materials Raises Efficiency

Researchers at the University of Houston and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have reported a substantial advance in generating electricity through a combination of concentrating solar power and thermoelectric materials. By combining concentrating solar power – which converts light into heat that is then used to generate electricity – with segmented [...]

Combining concentrated solar and thermoelectric materials raises efficiency

Researchers at the University of Houston and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have reported a substantial advance in generating electricity through a combination of concentrating solar power and thermoelectric materials. By combining concentrating solar power - which converts light into heat that is then used to generate electricity - with segmented [...]

MIT develops novel solar absorber to improve efficiency of concentrated solar power technology

The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MIT) faculty has discovered a novel way to significantly increase the amount of sunlight that a solar absorber can convert into heat. By converting more of the solar energy that reaches the Earth’s surface into heat in a low-cost way, the solar absorber [...]