Concentrating solar power appears to be the method of choice for large capacity, utility-scale electric generation in the near term. In particular, distributed trough systems represent a reasonably mature approach, and the power tower configuration is also a viable candidate. Both of these technologies have the possibility of energy storage and auxiliary heat production during sunlight unavailability. Other systems examined in this chapter include dish-Stirling engines, solar chimneys and solar ponds. Economics inevitably drives the choice of technology.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Handbook of Renewable Energy Technology|
|Publisher||World Scientific Publishing Co.|
|Number of pages||20|
|ISBN (Print)||981428906X, 9789814289061|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2011|
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