Solar thermal electric power plants

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook Of Renewable Energy Technology & Systems
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co.
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781786349033
ISBN (Print)9781786349026
StatePublished - Aug 13 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Concentrating solar power
  • Dish-Stirling
  • Parabolic trough
  • Solar chimney
  • Thermal energy storage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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