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Title: Concentrating Solar Power Fact Sheet

This fact sheet is an overview of the Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) subprogram at the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. CSP is a dispatchable, renewable energy option that uses mirrors to focus and concentrate sunlight onto a receiver, from which a heat transfer fluid carries the intense thermal energy to a power block to generate electricity. CSP systems can store solar energy to be used when the sun is not shining. It will help meet the nation’s goal of making solar energy fully cost-competitive with other energy sources by the end of the decade. Worldwide, CSP activity is rapidly scaling, with approximately 10 gigawatts (GW) in various stages of operation or development. In the United States alone, nearly 2 GW of CSP are in operation.
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EERE Publication and Product Library
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USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technologies Program (EE-4S) (Solar Energy Technologies Program Corporate)
Country of Publication:
United States
Concentrating Solar Power Fact Sheet