Impact of solar thermal power plants on water resources and electricity costs in the Southwest

Keith Holbert, Colin J. Haverkamp

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Abstract

Interest in electricity generation using renewable energy, and solar power in particular, has increased considerably in recent years. Solar resources in the southwestern U.S. are the best in the country. Plans for a significant number of solar thermal generating stations using parabolic concentrators or central receivers are presently underway. Concentrating solar power (CSP) plants require condenser cooling, which typically is provided using water resources that are scarce in arid regions such as the Southwest. To ensure sustainability of solar-electric facilities in the Southwest, requirements for CSP units to utilize dry cooling may be prudent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication41st North American Power Symposium, NAPS 2009
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Event41st North American Power Symposium, NAPS 2009 - Starkville, MS, United States
Duration: Oct 4 2009Oct 6 2009

Publication series

Name41st North American Power Symposium, NAPS 2009

Other

Other41st North American Power Symposium, NAPS 2009
CountryUnited States
CityStarkville, MS
Period10/4/0910/6/09

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Keywords

  • Concentrating solar power
  • Environmental factors
  • Solar power generation
  • Sustainability
  • Water resources

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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Holbert, K., & Haverkamp, C. J. (2009). Impact of solar thermal power plants on water resources and electricity costs in the Southwest. In 41st North American Power Symposium, NAPS 2009 [5483989] (41st North American Power Symposium, NAPS 2009). https://doi.org/10.1109/NAPS.2009.5483989