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concentrated solar power

Synonyms: CSP, concentrating solar power, concentrated solar thermal

reegle definition:

A technically simple way to produce electric power from solar energy: electricity is produced from steam which in turn is produced from concentrated light. The steam drives a conventional heat engine.

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. ]] Sustainable energy Wind turbines near Vendsyssel, Denmark (2004) Energy conservation Cogeneration Energy efficiency Geothermal Green building Microgeneration Passive solar Organic Rankine cycle Renewable energy Anaerobic digestion Biomass Geothermal Hydroelectricity Solar Tidal Wind Sustainable transport Carbon neutral fuel Electric vehicle Green vehicle Plug-in hybrid Energy hierarchy 16x16px Sustainable development portal 16x16px Renewable energy portal 16x16px Environment portal vte Concentrated solar power (also called concentrating solar power, concentrated solar thermal, and CSP) systems use mirrors or lenses to concentrate a large area of sunlight, or solar thermal energy, onto a small area. Electrical power is produced when the concentrated light is converted to heat, which drives a heat engine connected to an electrical power generator. CSP is being widely commercialized and the CSP market has seen about 740 MW of generating capacity added between 2007 and the end of 2010. More than half of this (about 478 MW) was installed during 2010, bringing the global total to 1095 MW. Spain added 400 MW in 2010, taking the global lead with a total of 632 MW, while the US ended the year with 509 MW after adding 78 MW, including two fossil–CSP hybrid plants. The Middle East is also ramping up their plans to install CSP based projects and as a part of that Plan, Shams-I the largest CSP Project in the world has been installed in Abu Dabhi, by MASDAR. CSP growth is expected to continue at a fast pace. As of April 2011, another 946 MW of capacity was under construction in Spain with total new capacity of 1,789 MW expected to be in operation by the end of 2013. A further 1.5 GW of parabolic-trough and power-tower plants were under construction in the US, and contracts signed for at least another 6.2 GW. Interest is also notable in North Africa and the Middle East, as well as India and China. The global market has been dominated by parabolic-trough plants, which account for 90 percent of CSP plants. CSP is not to be confused with concentrated photovoltaics (CPV). In CSP, the concentrated sunlight is converted to heat, and then the heat is converted to electricity. In CPV, the concentrated sunlight is converted directly to electricity via the photovoltaic effect.

Source: dbpedia

ClimateTechWiki definition:

Concentrating solar power (CSP) systems concentrate the energy from the sun for electricity production. This is done by heating a fluid which is then used to raise steam for a conventional turbine for on and off-grid electricity provision. These systems can also provide heat, either at high temperatures directly for chemical reactions, e.g., chemical processing, or as a by-product for desalination plants or cooling systems, depending on requirements.

Source: ClimateTechWiki

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