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Concentrating Solar Power

Pitz-Paal, Robert (2020) Concentrating Solar Power. In: Future Energy Elsevier. pp. 413-430. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-08-102886-5.00019-0. ISBN 9780081028872.

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Concentrating solar power is a complementary technology to PV. It uses concentrating collectors to provide high temperature heat to a conventional power cycle. Efficient and low-cost thermal energy storage technologies can be integrated into CSP systems, allowing electricity production according to the demand profile. CSP systems can also avoid 'shadow plant capacity' needed to secure generation capacity in periods without sunshine or wind, can provide grid services, and if desired even black start capabilities. It thus supports the penetration of a high share of intermittent renewable sources like wind or PV and avoids a high share of expensive electric storage technology in the grid systems. A broader commercial implementation of CSP technology has started not until 2007 mainly in Spain and the US. Today, a capacity of almost 6 GW is in operation and another 1.5 GW are under construction worldwide. Markets in particular in the Middle East and North Africa but also in South Africa, India and China just recently started to come up. This chapter summarizes the principle, the technical requirements and the different technological concepts of CSP systems. It briefly reports on the state of the art of today's solar power plants including the current cost of solar electricity. In addition, the most relevant aspects for future cost reductions are highlighted. Finally, the worldwide potential impact of this technology to 2050 is discussed. As a further option the production of solar fuel using CSP technology is discussed.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/135453/
Document Type:Book Section
Title:Concentrating Solar Power
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Pitz-Paal, RobertUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-3542-3391UNSPECIFIED
Date:16 January 2020
Journal or Publication Title:Future Energy
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 413-430
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Letcher, TrevorUniversity of KwaZulu-Natal, DurbanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Keywords:Dish stirling Linear fresnel Parabolic trough PV-CSP hybrid systems Solar fuels Solar power Solar tower Thermal energy storage
HGF - Research field:Energy
HGF - Program:Renewable Energies
HGF - Program Themes:Concentrating Solar Thermal Technology
DLR - Research area:Energy
DLR - Program:E SW - Solar and Wind Energy
DLR - Research theme (Project):E - Advanced Heat Transfer Media (old)
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Solar Research > Leitungsbereich SF KP
Deposited By: Pitz-Paal, Robert
Deposited On:09 Oct 2020 10:27
Last Modified:09 Oct 2020 10:27

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