Webinar: Concentrating Solar Thermal Power with Built in Storage

Concentrating Solar Power systems, or CSP, employ large fields of mirrors to reflect the direct beams of the sun onto high temperature receivers to power conventional steam-turbine power plants as large as 250 MWe. A number of utility-scale plants are in operation, construction or development in areas of high direct normal insolation (DNI) such as the US Southwest, So. Africa, Morocco, Chile, China and the MENA region. Solar configurations in use include parabolic troughs and power towers, enabling the use of high temperature molten salt storage systems that can drive the turbine at full power typically for 3 to 15 off-sun hours. In this way CSP uniquely offers the capability to provide solar power for steady base load and/or peak loads depending on the utility need.