Mark Mehos manages both the Thermal Sciences R&D group and the Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Program at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The emphasis of NREL’s CSP program is the development of low-cost, high-performance, and high-reliability systems that use concentrated sunlight to generate power. Mark is also the [...]
Next-generation concentrating solar power (CSP) plants require high-temperature fluids, like molten salts, in the range of 550-750 degrees Celsius to store heat and generate electricity. At those high temperatures, however, the molten salts eat away at common alloys used in the heat exchangers, piping, and storage vessels of CSP systems. [...]
The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California (US), the world’s largest solar power plant, is a concentrating solar power (CSP) complex that uses more than 300,000 mirrors to generate electricity. On 19 May when a small fire shut down a generating tower the mainstream press jumped on the news [...]
Reducing the cost of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP)-generated electricity, however, requires improving the efficiency of this conversion.
NREL study finds additional value with 6–9 hours of storage in concentrated solar power (CSP) plants
NREL found that the value of energy delivered by dry-cooled parabolic trough and solar power tower plants with storage is similar.
Findings demonstrate increasing importance for Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) systems with thermal energy storage.
The report found a wide range of total land use requirements for solar power plants across technologies
Saudi Arabia is planning to move aggressively into renewable energy, with plans to install more solar and wind power in the next 20 years than the rest of the world has installed to date.
Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have quantified the significant value that concentrating solar power (CSP) plants can add to an electric grid.
Under the constraints of the study, NREL found CSP to have a total value between USD 0.097 and USD 0.135 per KWh.
The NREL has released a report into the performance of concentrated solar power (CSP) with thermal energy storage, studying its advantages over photovoltaics in California.
The US NREL has released a new report which finds that concentrating solar power (CSP) with thermal energy storage can provide significant value for utilities.
NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development.