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Technologies and trends in solar power and fuels

Roeb, Martin and Neises, Martina and Monnerie, Nathalie and Sattler, Christian and Pitz-Paal, Robert (2011) Technologies and trends in solar power and fuels. Energy and Environmental Science, 2011 (4), pp. 2503-2511. The Royal Chemical Society. ISSN 1754-5692.

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Abstract

Solar radiation is the largest indigenous energy resource worldwide. It will gain a significantly more relevant role in covering the energy demand of many countries when national fuel reserves fall short and when demand increases as is expected within the next 10 years. If solar energy is transformed into heat by concentrating and absorbing the radiation, energy can be stored easily. Thermal energy from mirror fields that focus solar radiation not only is able to generate electricity but also can be used to generate storable heat, to desalinate salt water or to synthesise fuels from water and carbon dioxide to store, transport or use them on-site. The application of concentrated solar radiation as a primary energy source can help to decarbonise electricity generation and many other sectors to keep the chance of staying within the 2 �C goal for limiting the effects of global warming. The aim of the present contribution is to give an overview on the state-of-the art of technologies for solar thermal power production and fuel production and to describe the status and outlook of commercial projects and perspectives of market development.

Document Type:Article
Title:Technologies and trends in solar power and fuels
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Roeb, Martinmartin.roeb@dlr.de
Neises, Martinamartina.neises@dlr.de
Monnerie, Nathalienathalie.monnerie@dlr.de
Sattler, Christianchristian.sattler@dlr.de
Pitz-Paal, Robertrobert.pitz-paal@dlr.de
Date:July 2011
Journal or Publication Title:Energy and Environmental Science
Refereed publication:Yes
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:2011
Page Range:pp. 2503-2511
Publisher:The Royal Chemical Society
ISSN:1754-5692
Status:Published
Keywords:solar radiation, solar energy, solar fuels, hydrogen, steam reforming of natural gas
HGF - Research field:Energy
HGF - Program:Renewable Energies
HGF - Program Themes:E SF - Solar research (old)
DLR - Research area:Energy
DLR - Program:E SF - Solar research
DLR - Research theme (Project):E - Solare Verfahrenstechnik (old)
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Solar Research
Deposited By: Dr.rer.nat. Christian Sattler
Deposited On:12 Dec 2011 13:21
Last Modified:12 Dec 2013 21:19

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