This report briefly examines the status of solar thermodynamic generation, and the case for its use in the UK. Conclusions and comments are made on the technical and economic barriers that are likely to constrain such a development. The historical background to the use of solar thermodynamics is given in section 2 and section 3 goes on to provide a brief introduction to the relevant technologies. A more detailed explanation of the status of current programmes and installations abroad is given in section 4 together with a resume of those presently proposed for future development. In section 5 the nature of the solar resource for the UK is examined and the technical implications that this has for solar thermodynamic generation. A brief environmental assessment is given in section 6 and section 7 deals with the relative economics for existing stations abroad, and for potential trough and central receiver systems (CRS) in the UK. Finally section 8 summarizes the results of the previous sections, commenting on the possible technical and economic constraints, and pointing to areas that may be more attractive for solar thermodynamics. (author).