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  1. Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center Solar Power Plant...

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Next Generation Solar Energy Center Solar Power Plant Jump to: navigation, search Name Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center Solar Power Plant Facility Martin Next Generation...

  2. Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center Solar Power Plant...

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center Solar Power Plant Jump to: navigation, search Name Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center Solar Power Plant Facility Space Coast...

  3. Solar Power Generation Development

    SciTech Connect

    Robert L. Johnson Jr.; Gary E. Carver

    2011-10-28

    This project centered on creating a solar cell prototype enabling significant reductions in module cost and increases in module efficiency. Low cost was addressed by using plentiful organic materials that only comprise 16% of the total module cost, and by leveraging building integrated PV concepts that reduce the cost of key module components to zero. High efficiency was addressed by implementing multiband organic PV, low cost spectral splitting, and possibly integrating photovoltaic and photothermal mechanisms. This research has contributed to the design of multiband organic PV, and the sealing of organic PV cells. If one assumes that the aggregate multiband efficiency can reach 12%, projected cost would be $0.97/W. If the sealing technology enables 10 to 20 year lifetimes, the LCOE will match that of domestic coal. The final report describes progress towards these goals.

  4. Solana Generating Plant Solar Power Plant | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Solana Generating Plant Solar Power Plant Jump to: navigation, search Name Solana Generating Plant Solar Power Plant Facility Solana Generating Plant Sector Solar Facility Type...

  5. Baseload Concentrating Solar Power Generation | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Concentrating Solar Power » Baseload Concentrating Solar Power Generation Baseload Concentrating Solar Power Generation Baseload Concentrating Solar Power Generation In 2010, DOE issued the Baseload Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Generation funding opportunity announcement (FOA). The following projects were selected under this competitive solicitation: Abengoa: Advanced Nitrate Salt Central Receiver Power Plant eSolar: Modular and Scalable Baseload Molten Salt Plant Conceptual Design and

  6. DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center Solar Power Plant...

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Next Generation Solar Energy Center Solar Power Plant Jump to: navigation, search Name DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center Solar Power Plant Facility DeSoto Next Generation...

  7. Concentrating Solar Power Projects - Solana Generating Station...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Turbine Capacity (Gross): 280.0 MW Turbine Capacity (Net): 250.0 MW Turbine Description: 2x140 MWe gross Output Type: Steam Rankine Power Cycle Pressure: 100.0 bar Cooling Method: ...

  8. Sustainable solar thermal power generation (STPG) technologies in Indian context

    SciTech Connect

    Sharma, R.S.

    1996-12-31

    India is a fast developing country. Some of the factors like population growth, industrialization, liberalization in economic policies, green revolution and awareness toward the environment, are increasing the electricity demand rapidly. As per the 14th Power Survey Report, an energy deficit of (+) 9% and peak demand deficit of (+) 18% have been estimated. Keeping in view the liberalization in economic policies, this deficit may be higher by the year 2000 AD. An estimation indicates that India is blessed with solar energy to the tune of 5 x 10{sup 15} kWh/yr. Being clean and inexhaustible source of energy, it can be used for large-scale power generation in the country. Keeping in view the present state-of-art technologies for STPG in MW range, best possible efforts are required to be made by all the concerned, to develop sustainable STPG technology of the future, specially for tropical regions. Standardization of vital equipment is an important aspect. There are a few required criteria like simple and robust technology, its transfer and adaptation in tropical climate conditions; high plant load factor without fossil-fired backup; availability of plant during evening peak and night hours; least use of fragile components, and capacity optimization for MW plants as per solar irradiance and environmental factors. In this paper, efforts have been made to compare the different STPG technologies. On the basis, of literature surveyed and studies carried out by the author, it may be stated that Central Receiver System technologies using molten salt and volumetric air receiver, along with molten salt and ceramic thermal storage respectively seems to be suitable and comparable in Indian context. Performance of SOLAR-TWO and PHOEBUS plants may be decisive.

  9. Concentrating Solar Power: Power Towers

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    This video provides an overview of the principles, applications, and benefits of generating electricity using power towers, a concentrating solar power (CSP) technology. A brief animation explains...

  10. Solar Power Basics

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    This video summarizes the process of generating solar electricity from photovoltaic and concentrating solar power technologies. Research, manufacturing, and usage across the United States is also...

  11. Solar Power

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Solar Power Solar Power Project Opportunities Abound in the Region The WIPP site is receives abundant solar energy with 6-7 kWh/sq meter power production potential As the accompanying map of New Mexico shows, the WIPP site enjoys abundant year-round sunshine. With an average solar power production potential of 6-7 kWh/sq meter per day, one exciting project being studied for location at WIPP is a 30-50 MW Solar Power Tower: The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is is a national trade

  12. The potential economic impact of constructing and operating solar power generation facilities in Nevada

    SciTech Connect

    Schwer, R. K.; Riddel, M.

    2004-02-01

    Nevada has a vast potential for electricity generation using solar power. An examination of the stock of renewable resources in Nevada proves that the state has the potential to be a leader in renewable-electric generation--one of the best in the world. This study provides estimates on the economic impact in terms of employment, personal income, and gross state product (GSP) of developing a portion of Nevada's solar energy generation resources.

  13. Solar Power Generates Big Savings in Salinas, California

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    A new solar panel array at Monterey County's Laurel Yard Complex is expected to save the county thousands of dollars a year in energy costs.

  14. Wind and solar power electric generation to see strong growth over the next two years

    Energy Information Administration (EIA) (indexed site)

    Wind and solar power electric generation to see strong growth over the next two years The amount of electricity generated by wind in the United States is expected to increase by 15 percent this year...and grow another 8 percent in 2014. The U.S. Energy Information Administration's new monthly Short-Term Energy Outlook says the increase in wind power will be due to the new wind turbines coming online thanks to the federal production tax credit that was recently extended by Congress. Solar power

  15. WATER POWER SOLAR POWER WIND POWER

    Energy Saver

    coloring book get curren WATER POWER SOLAR POWER WIND POWER Be part of the Clean Energy Generation YOUR HOUSE BIOMASS ENERGY GEOTHERMAL ENERGY Clean energy can come from the sun. ...

  16. Novel Thermal Storage Technologies for Concentrating Solar Power Generation

    SciTech Connect

    Neti, Sudhakar; Oztekin, Alparslan; Chen, John; Tuzla, Kemal; Misiolek, Wojciech

    2013-06-20

    The technologies that are to be developed in this work will enable storage of thermal energy in 100 MWe solar energy plants for 6-24 hours at temperatures around 300oC and 850oC using encapsulated phase change materials (EPCM). Several encapsulated phase change materials have been identified, fabricated and proven with calorimetry. Two of these materials have been tested in an airflow experiment. A cost analysis for these thermal energy storage systems has also been conducted that met the targets established at the initiation of the project.

  17. solar power

    National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)

    9%2A en Solar power purchase for DOE laboratories http:nnsa.energy.govmediaroompressreleasessolarpower

  18. Solar powered hydrogen generating facility and hydrogen powered vehicle fleet. Final technical report, August 11, 1994--January 6, 1997

    SciTech Connect

    Provenzano, J.J.

    1997-04-01

    This final report describes activities carried out in support of a demonstration of a hydrogen powered vehicle fleet and construction of a solar powered hydrogen generation system. The hydrogen generation system was permitted for construction, constructed, and permitted for operation. It is not connected to the utility grid, either for electrolytic generation of hydrogen or for compression of the gas. Operation results from ideal and cloudy days are presented. The report also describes the achievement of licensing permits for their hydrogen powered trucks in California, safety assessments of the trucks, performance data, and information on emissions measurements which demonstrate performance better than the Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle levels.

  19. Cycle Evaluations of Reversible Chemical Reactions for Solar Thermochemical Energy Storage in Support of Concentrating Solar Power Generation Systems

    SciTech Connect

    Krishnan, Shankar; Palo, Daniel R.; Wegeng, Robert S.

    2010-07-25

    The production and storage of thermochemical energy is a possible route to increase capacity factors and reduce the Levelized Cost of Electricity from concentrated solar power generation systems. In this paper, we present the results of cycle evaluations for various thermochemical cycles, including a well-documented ammonia closed-cycle along with open- and closed-cycle versions of hydrocarbon chemical reactions. Among the available reversible hydrocarbon chemical reactions, catalytic reforming-methanation cycles are considered; specifically, various methane-steam reforming cycles are compared to the ammonia cycle. In some cases, the production of an intermediate chemical, methanol, is also included with some benefit being realized. The best case, based on overall power generation efficiency and overall plant capacity factor, was found to be an open cycle including methane-steam reforming, using concentrated solar energy to increase the chemical energy content of the reacting stream, followed by combustion to generate heat for the heat engine.

  20. Energy 101: Concentrating Solar Power

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    From towers to dishes to linear mirrors to troughs, concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies reflect and collect solar heat to generate electricity. A single CSP plant can generate enough power...

  1. Concentrating Solar Power (CSP)

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Stationary Power Energy Conversion Efficiency Solar Energy Wind Energy Water Power ... Sciences Applications National Solar Thermal Test Facility Nuclear Energy ...

  2. Concentrating Solar Power

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Stationary Power Energy Conversion Efficiency Solar Energy Wind Energy Water Power ... Sciences Applications National Solar Thermal Test Facility Nuclear Energy ...

  3. High Temperature Thermal Array for Next Generation Solar Thermal Power Production

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    This presentation was delivered at the SunShot Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Program Review 2013, held April 23–25, 2013 near Phoenix, Arizona.

  4. Novel Molten Salts Thermal Energy Storage for Concentrating Solar Power Generation

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    This presentation was delivered at the SunShot Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Program Review 2013, held April 23–25, 2013 near Phoenix, Arizona.

  5. Concentrating Solar Power Commercial Application Study: Reducing...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Concentrating Solar Power Commercial Application Study: Reducing Water Consumption of Concentrating Solar Power Electricity Generation Report to Congress U.S. Department of Energy ...

  6. Novel Molten Salts Thermal Energy Storage for Concentrating Solar Power Generation

    SciTech Connect

    Reddy, Ramana G.

    2013-10-23

    The explicit UA program objective is to develop low melting point (LMP) molten salt thermal energy storage media with high thermal energy storage density for sensible heat storage systems. The novel Low Melting Point (LMP) molten salts are targeted to have the following characteristics: 1. Lower melting point (MP) compared to current salts (<222ºC) 2. Higher energy density compared to current salts (>300 MJ/m3) 3. Lower power generation cost compared to current salt In terms of lower power costs, the program target the DOE's Solar Energy Technologies Program year 2020 goal to create systems that have the potential to reduce the cost of Thermal Energy Storage (TES) to less than $15/kWh-th and achieve round trip efficiencies greater than 93%. The project has completed the experimental investigations to determine the thermo-physical, long term thermal stability properties of the LMP molten salts and also corrosion studies of stainless steel in the candidate LMP molten salts. Heat transfer and fluid dynamics modeling have been conducted to identify heat transfer geometry and relative costs for TES systems that would utilize the primary LMP molten salt candidates. The project also proposes heat transfer geometry with relevant modifications to suit the usage of our molten salts as thermal energy storage and heat transfer fluids. The essential properties of the down-selected novel LMP molten salts to be considered for thermal storage in solar energy applications were experimentally determined, including melting point, heat capacity, thermal stability, density, viscosity, thermal conductivity, vapor pressure, and corrosion resistance of SS 316. The thermodynamic modeling was conducted to determine potential high temperature stable molten salt mixtures that have thermal stability up to 1000 °C. The thermo-physical properties of select potential high temperature stable (HMP) molten salt mixtures were also experimentally determined. All the salt mixtures align with the go

  7. Southeast Regional Assessment Study: an assessment of the opportunities of solar electric power generation in the Southeastern United States

    SciTech Connect

    1980-07-01

    The objective of this study was to identify and assess opportunities for demonstration and large scale deployment of solar electric facilities in the southeast region and to define the technical, economic, and institutional factors that can contribute to an accelerated use of solar energy for electric power generation. Graphs and tables are presented indicating the solar resource potential, siting opportunities, energy generation and use, and socioeconomic factors of the region by state. Solar electric technologies considered include both central station and dispersed solar electric generating facilities. Central stations studied include solar thermal electric, wind, photovoltaic, ocean thermal gradient, and biomass; dispersed facilities include solar thermal total energy systems, wind, and photovoltaic. The value of solar electric facilities is determined in terms of the value of conventional facilities and the use of conventional fuels which the solar facilities can replace. Suitable cost and risk sharing mechanisms to accelerate the commercialization of solar electric technologies in the Southeast are identified. The major regulatory and legal factors which could impact on the commercialization of solar facilities are reviewed. The most important factors which affect market penetration are reviewed, ways to accelerate the implementation of these technologies are identified, and market entry paths are identified. Conclusions and recommendations are presented. (WHK)

  8. Concentrating Solar Power

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    2008-09-01

    Summarizes the goals and activities of the DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program efforts within its concentrating solar power subprogram.

  9. explicit representation of uncertainty in solar generation

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    solar generation - Sandia Energy Energy Search Icon Sandia ... Secure & Sustainable Energy Future Stationary Power Energy ... National Solar Thermal Test Facility Nuclear ...

  10. Energy 101: Concentrating Solar Power

    ScienceCinema

    None

    2016-07-12

    From towers to dishes to linear mirrors to troughs, concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies reflect and collect solar heat to generate electricity. A single CSP plant can generate enough power for about 90,000 homes. This video explains what CSP is, how it works, and how systems like parabolic troughs produce renewable power. For more information on the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's CSP research, see the Solar Energy Technology Program's Concentrating Solar Power Web page at http://www1.eere.energy.gov/solar/csp_program.html.

  11. Concentrating Solar Power

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Concentrating Solar Power Concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies use mirrors to focus and concentrate sunlight onto a receiver, from which a heat transfer fluid carries the ...

  12. Concentrating Solar Power Projects | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

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  13. Concentrating Solar Power

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Stationary Power Energy Conversion Efficiency Solar Energy Wind Energy Water Power ... Batteries Electric Drive Systems Hydrogen Materials & Components Compatibility Hydrogen ...

  14. High Temperature Thermal Array for Next Generation Solar Thermal...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    High Temperature Thermal Array for Next Generation Solar Thermal Power Production High Temperature Thermal Array for Next Generation Solar Thermal Power Production This ...

  15. Integrated Simulation Development and Decision Support Tool-Set for Utility Market and Distributed Solar Power Generation Electricore, Inc.

    SciTech Connect

    Daye, Tony

    2013-09-30

    This project will enable utilities to develop long-term strategic plans that integrate high levels of renewable energy generation, and to better plan power system operations under high renewable penetration. The program developed forecast data streams for decision support and effective integration of centralized and distributed solar power generation in utility operations. This toolset focused on real time simulation of distributed power generation within utility grids with the emphasis on potential applications in day ahead (market) and real time (reliability) utility operations. The project team developed and demonstrated methodologies for quantifying the impact of distributed solar generation on core utility operations, identified protocols for internal data communication requirements, and worked with utility personnel to adapt the new distributed generation (DG) forecasts seamlessly within existing Load and Generation procedures through a sophisticated DMS. This project supported the objectives of the SunShot Initiative and SUNRISE by enabling core utility operations to enhance their simulation capability to analyze and prepare for the impacts of high penetrations of solar on the power grid. The impact of high penetration solar PV on utility operations is not only limited to control centers, but across many core operations. Benefits of an enhanced DMS using state-of-the-art solar forecast data were demonstrated within this project and have had an immediate direct operational cost savings for Energy Marketing for Day Ahead generation commitments, Real Time Operations, Load Forecasting (at an aggregate system level for Day Ahead), Demand Response, Long term Planning (asset management), Distribution Operations, and core ancillary services as required for balancing and reliability. This provided power system operators with the necessary tools and processes to operate the grid in a reliable manner under high renewable penetration.

  16. Georgia Power- Solar Buyback Program

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Georgia Power, the state's largest utility, has established a green power program, that allows the company to purchase limited solar generation at a premium price based on other customers volunta...

  17. Oxidation-resistant reflective surfaces for solar dynamic power generation in near Earth orbit

    SciTech Connect

    Gulino, D.A.; Egger, R.A.; Banholzer, W.F.

    1986-01-01

    Reflective surfaces for space station power generation systems are required to withstand the atomic oxygen-dominated environment of near Earth orbit. Thin films of platinum and rhodium, which are corrosion resistant reflective metals, have been deposited by ion beam sputter deposition onto various substrate materials. Solar reflectances were then measured as a function of time of exposure to a RF-generated air plasma. Similarly, various protective coating materials, including MgF/sub 2/, SiO/sub 2/, Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/, and Si/sub 3/N/sub 4/, were deposited onto silver-coated substrates and then exposed to the plasma. Analysis of the films both before and after exposure by both ESCA and Auger spectroscopy was also performed. The results indicate that Pt and Rh do not suffer any loss in reflectance over the duration of the tests. Also, each of the coating materials survived the plasma environment. The ESCA and Auger analyses are discussed as well.

  18. Sulfur Based Thermochemical Heat Storage for Baseload Concentrated Solar Power Generation

    SciTech Connect

    wong, bunsen

    2014-11-20

    This project investigates the engineering and economic feasibility of supplying baseload power using a concentrating solar power (CSP) plant integrated with sulfur based thermochemical heat storage. The technology stores high temperature solar heat in the chemical bonds of elemental sulfur. Energy is recovered as high temperature heat upon sulfur combustion. Extensive developmental and design work associated with sulfur dioxide (SO2) disproportionation and sulfuric acid (H2SO4) decomposition chemical reactions used in this technology had been carried out in the two completed phases of this project. The feasibility and economics of the proposed concept was demonstrated and determined.

  19. Project Profile: High-Temperature Thermal Array for Next-Generation Solar Thermal Power Production

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory (ORNL), under the National Laboratory R&D competitive funding opportunity, is developing a megawatt-scale heat pipe–based technology designed to bridge the heliostat reflector field and the power cycle by replacing both the solar receiver and the heat transfer fluid (HTF) system used in concentrating solar power (CSP) systems. The technology, called the high-temperature thermal array, aims to achieve the SunShot Initiative's goals by addressing technical challenges, reducing capital and operating expenses, and increasing net photon-to-electricity conversion efficiency.

  20. Nevada Solar One Solar Power Plant | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Solar One Solar Power Plant Jump to: navigation, search Name Nevada Solar One Solar Power Plant Facility Nevada Solar One Sector Solar Facility Type Concentrating Solar Power...

  1. Mojave Solar Park Solar Power Plant | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Solar Park Solar Power Plant Jump to: navigation, search Name Mojave Solar Park Solar Power Plant Facility Mojave Solar Park Sector Solar Facility Type Concentrating Solar Power...

  2. Solar and wind power advancing

    Energy Information Administration (EIA) (indexed site)

    Solar and wind power advancing U.S. electricity generation from wind and solar energy show no signs of slowing down. In its new monthly forecast, the U.S. Energy Information Administration expects wind-powered generation to grow by 19 percent this year and rise another 8 percent in 2014. Congress's extension in January of a tax credit for electricity producers that use renewables is behind the wind power boost. Solar generation in the electric power sector is expected to grow even more, rising

  3. Concentrating Solar Power

    SciTech Connect

    Solar Energy Technologies Program

    2010-09-28

    The fact sheet summarizes the goals and activities of the DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program efforts within its concentrating solar power subprogram.

  4. An improved absorption generator for solar-thermal powered heat pumps. Part 2: Energy and economics

    SciTech Connect

    Fineblum, S.

    1997-12-31

    Solar heated absorption chiller installations have been very expensive for their rating. To enhance collector thermal efficiency the liquid flowing within the collectors must be kept as cool as possible. However, there is also a need to operate the absorption reported earlier. The compromise usually results in poor collector efficiency as well as a relatively poor specific chiller effect. The proposed vortex generator permits a heat pump to operate efficiently with relatively low temperature solar heated fluid (70--80 C). As a result, the collectors are cooler and more efficient. As noted in Part 1, the specific heat pumping capacity is about 27% greater than conventional systems operating at the same reduced generator temperatures. Therefore, a smaller, less expensive chiller is required. The reduced investment in solar arrays and absorption chillers is estimated along with a range of paybacks.

  5. Evaluation of power production from the solar electric generating systems at Kramer Junction: 1988 to 1993

    SciTech Connect

    Kolb, G.J.

    1994-12-31

    The five Solar Electric Generating Systems (SEGS) at Kramer Junction, California, now have nearly 30 years of cumulative operating experience. These 30 MW plants employ parabolic trough technology originally deployed by LUZ International in the late 1980`s and are now managed, operated and maintained by the Kramer Junction Company. In this paper, Sandia National Laboratories performed an analysis of the annual energy production from the five plants. Annual solar-to-electric conversion efficiencies are calculated and the major factors that influenced the results are presented. The generally good efficiencies are primarily attributed to the excellent equipment availabilities achieved at all plants.

  6. Concentrating Solar Power Services CSP Services | Open Energy...

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    providing consulting, due diligence and component testing for Solar Thermal Electricity Generation (STEG). References: Concentrating Solar Power Services (CSP...

  7. Concentrating Solar Power

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Energy & Climate Secure & Sustainable Energy Future Stationary Power Energy Conversion Efficiency Solar Energy Wind Energy Water Power Supercritical CO2 Geothermal Natural Gas ...

  8. Starwood Solar I Solar Power Plant | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Starwood Solar I Solar Power Plant Jump to: navigation, search Name Starwood Solar I Solar Power Plant Facility Starwood Solar I Sector Solar Facility Type Concentrating Solar...

  9. Solar Millenium Palen Solar Power Plant | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Palen Solar Power Plant Jump to: navigation, search Name Solar Millenium Palen Solar Power Plant Facility Solar Millenium Palen Sector Solar Facility Type Concentrating Solar Power...

  10. An improved absorption generator for solar-thermal powered heat pumps. Part 1: Feasibility

    SciTech Connect

    Fineblum, S.

    1997-12-31

    Solar heated absorption chiller installations have been, typically, very expensive for their rating. The need to keep the liquid flowing within the collectors as cool as possible to enhance collector thermal efficiency, conflicts with the need to operate the absorption chiller at a higher temperature. The compromise usually results in poor collector efficiency as well as a relatively poor specific chiller effect. The proposed vortex generator permits a heat pump to operate efficiently with relatively low temperature solar heated fluid (70--80 C). As a result, the collectors are cooler and much more efficient. In addition, the specific heat pumping capacity is about 27% greater than conventional systems operating at the same reduced generator temperatures and, therefore, a smaller chiller is required. The economic consequences of these benefits will be presented in Part 2.

  11. Concentrating Solar Power Tower Technology

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    In this b-roll, solar power towers' are systems that use an array of mirrors to focus the sun's energy on a tower-mounted heat exchanger to generate electricity.

  12. EIS-0416: Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in San Bernardino...

    Energy Saver

    Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (07-AFC-5) Project, Proposal to Construct a 400-m Megawatt Concentrated Solar Power Tower, Thermal-Electric Power Plant, San Bernardino ...

  13. Solar thermoelectric generator

    DOEpatents

    Toberer, Eric S.; Baranowski, Lauryn L.; Warren, Emily L.

    2016-05-03

    Solar thermoelectric generators (STEGs) are solid state heat engines that generate electricity from concentrated sunlight. A novel detailed balance model for STEGs is provided and applied to both state-of-the-art and idealized materials. STEGs can produce electricity by using sunlight to heat one side of a thermoelectric generator. While concentrated sunlight can be used to achieve extremely high temperatures (and thus improved generator efficiency), the solar absorber also emits a significant amount of black body radiation. This emitted light is the dominant loss mechanism in these generators. In this invention, we propose a solution to this problem that eliminates virtually all of the emitted black body radiation. This enables solar thermoelectric generators to operate at higher efficiency and achieve said efficient with lower levels of optical concentration. The solution is suitable for both single and dual axis solar thermoelectric generators.

  14. Solar thermal power system

    SciTech Connect

    Bennett, Charles L.

    2010-06-15

    A solar thermal power generator includes an inclined elongated boiler tube positioned in the focus of a solar concentrator for generating steam from water. The boiler tube is connected at one end to receive water from a pressure vessel as well as connected at an opposite end to return steam back to the vessel in a fluidic circuit arrangement that stores energy in the form of heated water in the pressure vessel. An expander, condenser, and reservoir are also connected in series to respectively produce work using the steam passed either directly (above a water line in the vessel) or indirectly (below a water line in the vessel) through the pressure vessel, condense the expanded steam, and collect the condensed water. The reservoir also supplies the collected water back to the pressure vessel at the end of a diurnal cycle when the vessel is sufficiently depressurized, so that the system is reset to repeat the cycle the following day. The circuital arrangement of the boiler tube and the pressure vessel operates to dampen flow instabilities in the boiler tube, damp out the effects of solar transients, and provide thermal energy storage which enables time shifting of power generation to better align with the higher demand for energy during peak energy usage periods.

  15. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Concentrating Solar...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Concentrating Solar Power Resource Maps These direct-normal solar radiation maps-filtered by solar resource and land availability-identify the most economically suitable lands ...

  16. Electric Power Generation and Water Use Data

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Power Generation and Water Use Data - Sandia Energy Energy Search Icon Sandia Home ... Energy Conversion Efficiency Solar Energy Wind Energy Water Power Supercritical CO2 ...

  17. Multiple Exciton Generation Solar Cells

    SciTech Connect

    Luther, J. M.; Semonin, O. E.; Beard, M. C.; Gao, J.; Nozik, A. J.

    2012-01-01

    Heat loss is the major factor limiting traditional single junction solar cells to a theoretical efficiency of 32%. Multiple Exciton Generation (MEG) enables efficient use of the solar spectrum yielding a theoretical power conversion efficiency of 44% in solar cells under 1-sun conditions. Quantum-confined semiconductors have demonstrated the ability to generate multiple carriers but present-day materials deliver efficiencies far below the SQ limit of 32%. Semiconductor quantum dots of PbSe and PbS provide an active testbed for developing high-efficiency, inexpensive solar cells benefitting from quantum confinement effects. Here, we will present recent work of solar cells employing MEG to yield external quantum efficiencies exceeding 100%.

  18. Next-Generation Solar Collectors for CSP

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    This fact sheet on Next-Generation Collectors for CSP highlights a solar energy program awarded through the 2012 SunShot Concentrating Solar Power R&D awards. The team is developing new solar collector base technologies for next-generation heliostats used in power tower systems. If successful, this project will result in a 50% reduction in solar field equipment cost and a 30% reduction in field installation cost compared to existing heliostat designs.

  19. Deming Solar Plant Solar Power Plant | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Deming Solar Plant Solar Power Plant Jump to: navigation, search Name Deming Solar Plant Solar Power Plant Facility Deming Solar Plant Sector Solar Facility Type Photovoltaic...

  20. SES Calico Solar One Project Solar Power Plant | Open Energy...

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Calico Solar One Project Solar Power Plant Jump to: navigation, search Name SES Calico Solar One Project Solar Power Plant Facility SES Calico Solar One Project Sector Solar...

  1. SES Solar Two Project Solar Power Plant | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Two Project Solar Power Plant Jump to: navigation, search Name SES Solar Two Project Solar Power Plant Facility SES Solar Two Project Sector Solar Facility Type Concentrating Solar...

  2. Carrizo Energy Solar Farm Solar Power Plant | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Carrizo Energy Solar Farm Solar Power Plant Jump to: navigation, search Name Carrizo Energy Solar Farm Solar Power Plant Facility Carrizo Energy Solar Farm Sector Solar Facility...

  3. Beacon Solar Energy Project Solar Power Plant | Open Energy Informatio...

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Solar Energy Project Solar Power Plant Jump to: navigation, search Name Beacon Solar Energy Project Solar Power Plant Facility Beacon Solar Energy Project Sector Solar Facility...

  4. Prescott Airport Solar Plant Solar Power Plant | Open Energy...

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Prescott Airport Solar Plant Solar Power Plant Jump to: navigation, search Name Prescott Airport Solar Plant Solar Power Plant Facility Prescott Airport Solar Plant Sector Solar...

  5. El Dorado Solar Project Solar Power Plant | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Solar Project Solar Power Plant Jump to: navigation, search Name El Dorado Solar Project Solar Power Plant Facility El Dorado Solar Project Sector Solar Facility Type Photovoltaic...

  6. Solar Power Purchase Agreements

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Provides an overview of solar power purchase agreements including how they work, benefits and challenges and eligibility. Author: United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  7. Solar power tower

    SciTech Connect

    None, None

    2009-01-18

    The solar power tower section of the Renewable Energy Technology Characterizations describes the technical and economic status of this emerging renewable energy option for electricity supply.

  8. Concentrating Solar Power Basics | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Solar » Concentrating Solar Power Basics Concentrating Solar Power Basics August 20, 2013 - 4:38pm Addthis Text Version This solar concentrator has a fixed-focus faceted dish with a concentration of about 250 suns. This system can be used for large fields connected to the utility grid, hydrogen generation, or water pumping. Credit: Science Applications International Corporation / PIX 13464 Concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies use mirrors to reflect and concentrate sunlight onto a single

  9. Space Solar Power Program

    SciTech Connect

    Arif, H.; Barbosa, H.; Bardet, C.; Baroud, M.; Behar, A.; Berrier, K.; Berthe, P.; Bertrand, R.; Bibyk, I.; Bisson, J.; Bloch, L.; Bobadilla, G.; Bourque, D.; Bush, L.; Carandang, R.; Chiku, T.; Crosby, N.; De Seixas, M.; De Vries, J.; Doll, S.; Dufour, F.; Eckart, P.; Fahey, M.; Fenot, F.; Foeckersperger, S.; Fontaine, J.E.; Fowler, R.; Frey, H.; Fujio, H.; Gasa, J.M.; Gleave, J.; Godoe, J.; Green, I.; Haeberli, R.; Hanada, T.; Ha

    1992-08-01

    Information pertaining to the Space Solar Power Program is presented on energy analysis; markets; overall development plan; organizational plan; environmental and safety issues; power systems; space transportation; space manufacturing, construction, operations; design examples; and finance.

  10. Innovative Application of Maintenance-Free Phase-Change Thermal Energy Storage for Dish Engine Solar Power Generation

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    This presentation was delivered at the SunShot Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Program Review 2013, held April 23–25, 2013 near Phoenix, Arizona.

  11. Chemically Reactive Working Fluids for the Capture and Transport of Concentrated Solar Thermal Energy for Power Generation

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    This presentation was delivered at the SunShot Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Program Review 2013, held April 23–25, 2013 near Phoenix, Arizona.

  12. Advancing Concentrating Solar Power Technology, Performance, and

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Dispatchability | Department of Energy Advancing Concentrating Solar Power Technology, Performance, and Dispatchability Advancing Concentrating Solar Power Technology, Performance, and Dispatchability Advancing Concentrating Solar Power Technology, Performance, and Dispatchability Energy storage will help enable CSP compete by adding flexibility value to a high-variable-generation (solar plus wind) power system (see Mehos et al. 2016). Compared with PV, CSP systems are more complex to

  13. Mohave Solar Power Plant | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Solar Power Plant Jump to: navigation, search Name Mohave Solar Power Plant Facility Mojave Solar Sector Solar Facility Type Concentrating Solar Power Facility Status Under...

  14. Utility Solar Generation Valuation Methods

    SciTech Connect

    Hansen, Thomas N.; Dion, Phillip J.

    2009-06-30

    Tucson Electric Power (TEP) developed, tested and verified the results of a new and appropriate method for accurately evaluating the capacity credit of time variant solar generating sources and reviewed new methods to appropriately and fairly evaluate the value of solar generation to electric utilities. The project also reviewed general integrated approaches for adequately compensating owners of solar generation for their benefits to utilities. However, given the limited funding support and time duration of this project combined with the significant differences between utilities regarding rate structures, solar resource availability and coincidence of solar generation with peak load periods, it is well beyond the scope of this project to develop specific rate, rebate, and interconnection approaches to capture utility benefits for all possible utilities. The project developed computer software based evaluation method models to compare solar generation production data measured in very short term time increments called Sample Intervals over a typical utility Dispatch Cycle during an Evaluation Period against utility system load data. Ten second resolution generation production data from the SGSSS and actual one minute resolution TEP system load data for 2006 and 2007, along with data from the Pennington Street Garage 60 kW DC capacity solar unit installed in downtown Tucson will be applied to the model for testing and verification of the evaluation method. Data was provided by other utilities, but critical time periods of data were missing making results derived from that data inaccurate. The algorithms are based on previous analysis and review of specific 2005 and 2006 SGSSS production data. The model was built, tested and verified by in house TEP personnel. For this phase of the project, TEP communicated with, shared solar production data with and collaborated on the development of solar generation valuation tools with other utilities, including Arizona Public

  15. National Laboratory Concentrating Solar Power Research | Department...

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    Array for Next Generation Solar Thermal Power Production National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Low-Cost ... TES and HTF Containment Materials Oak Ridge National ...

  16. Concentrating Solar Power - Fact Sheet

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    solar power (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

  17. Solar Power | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Get Involved Help Apps Datasets Community Login | Sign Up Search Gateway Edit History Solar Power (Redirected from Solar energy) Jump to: navigation, search Solar Energy...

  18. Solar Power | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Get Involved Help Apps Datasets Community Login | Sign Up Search Gateway Edit History Solar Power (Redirected from Solar) Jump to: navigation, search Solar Energy Companies...

  19. Concentrating Solar Power Parabolic Trough Systems

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    In this b-roll, the parabolic solar trough is just one of the several types of concentrating solar power technologies that focus the sun's heat using reflective surfaces to generate electricity.

  20. Solar Millenium Ridgecrest Solar Power Plant | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Ridgecrest Solar Power Plant Jump to: navigation, search Name Solar Millenium Ridgecrest Solar Power Plant Facility Solar Millenium Ridgecrest Sector Solar Facility Type...

  1. SES Solar Three Project Solar Power Plant | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Three Project Solar Power Plant Jump to: navigation, search Name SES Solar Three Project Solar Power Plant Facility SES Solar Three Project Sector Solar Facility Type Photovoltaics...

  2. Solar Energy Technologies Program: Concentrating Solar Power

    SciTech Connect

    2009-10-26

    Fact sheet summarizing the goals and activities of the DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program efforts within its concentrating solar power subprogram.

  3. Coastal zone energy management: a multidisciplinary approach for the integration of solar electric systems with Florida's power generation system

    SciTech Connect

    Camejo, N.

    1983-12-01

    In order for Florida to ''accomplish effective coastal land management, it must have a comprehensive statewide approach closely relating land and water management development decisions in Florida must be made with understanding of the proposed development effects on the state's water resources''. This approach is very sensible in view of the issues raised in the introduction. Whether a power plant is sited inland or on the coast has tremendous implications for water use. Offshore siting of power plants is an alternative which should be carefully evaluated using CZEM. Of particular importance is the existence of renewable energy sources, such as OTEC, Wind and Ocean current, in the offshore areas of Florida. Many Solar Electric options could be sited in the coastal and offshore areas. The main technological problem associated with offshore power plants is the transmission of the electricity to shore. The solution to this problem may be using Hydrogen as an intermediary energy carrier. The use of Solar Electric Systems would be consistent with the policy to diversify the generation mix. If Florida is called upon to develop its offshore energy resources in the national interest, the use of CZEM would allow decision makers to make more environmentally sensitive decisions. This would allow the balancing of energy production and environmental quality.

  4. Treatment of Solar Generation in Electric Utility Resource Planning

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Treatment of Solar Generation in Electric Utility Resource Planning John Sterling Solar Electric Power Association Joyce McLaren National Renewable Energy Laboratory Mike Taylor ...

  5. New Jersey Solar Power LLC NJ Solar Power | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Solar Power LLC NJ Solar Power Jump to: navigation, search Name: New Jersey Solar Power LLC (NJ Solar Power) Place: New Jersey Sector: Solar Product: A photovoltaic engineering...

  6. Next-Generation Thermionic Solar Energy Conversion

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    This fact sheet describes a next-generation thermionic solar energy conversion project awarded under the DOE's 2012 SunShot Concentrating Solar Power R&D award program. The team, led by Stanford University, seeks to demonstrate the feasibility of photon-enhanced, microfabricated thermionic energy converters as a high-efficiency topping cycle for CSP electricity generation. With the potential to double the electricity output efficiency of solar-thermal power stations, this topping cycle application can significantly reduce the cost of solar-thermal electricity below that of the lowest-cost, fossil-fuel generated electricity.

  7. Reliable solar: powering communities

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    landfill to house two solar arrays connected to a battery system, creating enough stable power to energize 2,000 homes in the community. The study includes a "smart home" ...

  8. Solar Impulse's Solar-Powered Plane

    ScienceCinema

    Moniz, Ernest; Piccard, Bertrand; Reicher, Dan

    2016-07-12

    Solar Impulse lands in Washington, DC at Washington Dulles International Airport as part of its journey across the United States. Secretary Ernest Moniz speaks about how advancements like those at the Department of Energy are leading the way for innovations like the solar-powered plane. Footage of the solar-powered plane courtesy of Solar Impulse.

  9. Solar Impulse's Solar-Powered Plane

    SciTech Connect

    Moniz, Ernest; Piccard, Bertrand; Reicher, Dan

    2013-07-08

    Solar Impulse lands in Washington, DC at Washington Dulles International Airport as part of its journey across the United States. Secretary Ernest Moniz speaks about how advancements like those at the Department of Energy are leading the way for innovations like the solar-powered plane. Footage of the solar-powered plane courtesy of Solar Impulse.

  10. Update: Solar Powered Classroom | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Update: Solar Powered Classroom Update: Solar Powered Classroom Addthis Speakers Aaron Sebens Duration 1:00

  11. Report to Congress on Assessment of Potential Impact of Concentrating Solar Power for Electriicty Generation (EPACT 2005--Section 934(c))

    SciTech Connect

    Wilkins, F.

    2007-02-01

    Summary of DOE's assessment of issues regarding EPAct 2005, which requires the Secretary of Energy to assess conflicting guidance on the economic potential of concentrating solar power for electricity production.

  12. SunLab: Concentrating Solar Power Program Overview

    SciTech Connect

    1998-11-24

    DOE's Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) program is collaborating with its partners in the private sector to develop two new solar technologies -- power towers and dish/engines -- to meet the huge commercial potential for solar power. Concentrating solar power plants produce electric power by first converting the sun's energy into heat, and then to electricity in a conventional generator.

  13. World's Largest Concentrating Solar Power Plant Opens in California...

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, the world's largest concentrating solar power (CSP) plant, officially opened on February 13. As the first commercial deployment of ...

  14. EIS-0449: Solar Millennium Blythe Solar Power Project in Riverside...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    9: Solar Millennium Blythe Solar Power Project in Riverside County, CA EIS-0449: Solar Millennium Blythe Solar Power Project in Riverside County, CA December 10, 2010 EIS-0449: ...

  15. Siemens Concentrated Solar Power Ltd previously Solel Solar Systems...

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Siemens Concentrated Solar Power Ltd previously Solel Solar Systems Jump to: navigation, search Name: Siemens Concentrated Solar Power Ltd (previously Solel Solar Systems) Place:...

  16. Kings River Conservation District (KRCD) Solar Farm Solar Power...

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    River Conservation District (KRCD) Solar Farm Solar Power Plant Jump to: navigation, search Name Kings River Conservation District (KRCD) Solar Farm Solar Power Plant Facility...

  17. PROJECT PROFILE: Solar Electric Power Association (Solar Market...

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    Electric Power Association (Solar Market Pathways) PROJECT PROFILE: Solar Electric Power Association (Solar Market Pathways) Title: Community Solar Design Models for Consumer, ...

  18. Solar Generation Has a Bright Future

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    The amount of electricity the United States generates from solar power has started to grow rapidly and is projected to reach 18,000 megawatt hours per day in 2013.

  19. Energy 101: Concentrating Solar Power | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Concentrating Solar Power Energy 101: Concentrating Solar Power Addthis Description From towers to dishes to linear mirrors to troughs, concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies reflect and collect solar heat to generate electricity. A single CSP plant can generate enough power for about 90,000 homes. This video explains what CSP is, how it works, and how systems like parabolic troughs produce renewable power. Text Version Below is the text version for the Energy 101: Concentrating Solar

  20. Solar powered Stirling engine

    SciTech Connect

    Meijer, R.J.

    1987-11-24

    In a solar dish module which comprises a dish which receives incident solar rays and reflects them to a focus at which is located the combination of a receiver and a heat engine organized and arranged so that the heat energy of the reflected solar rays collected at the receiver powers the engine, and wherein the receiver and heat engine are supported from the dish by a framework, the improvement is described which comprises journal means for journaling at least the engine on the framework to maintain certain predetermined spatial orientation for the engine in relation to the direction of gravity irrespective of spatial orientation of the dish.

  1. Underwater power generator

    SciTech Connect

    Bowley, W.W.

    1983-05-10

    Apparatus and method for generating electrical power by disposing a plurality of power producing modules in a substantially constant velocity ocean current and mechanically coupling the output of the modules to drive a single electrical generator is disclosed.

  2. Solar Power | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Get Involved Help Apps Datasets Community Login | Sign Up Search Gateway Edit History Solar Power Jump to: navigation, search Solar Energy Companies Loading map......

  3. Solar Powered Classroom

    SciTech Connect

    2013-06-13

    A group of fourth graders in Durham, North Carolina, are showing America the way to a clean energy future. They are installing solar panels on their classroom roof for a project that goes above and beyond a normal day in school. From researching solar panel installation, to generating funds for the project via Kickstarter, these are students who put their plans into action. Their accomplishments go beyond the classroom and stress the importance of getting people of all ages involved in renewable energy.

  4. Solar Powered Classroom

    ScienceCinema

    none

    2016-07-12

    A group of fourth graders in Durham, North Carolina, are showing America the way to a clean energy future. They are installing solar panels on their classroom roof for a project that goes above and beyond a normal day in school. From researching solar panel installation, to generating funds for the project via Kickstarter, these are students who put their plans into action. Their accomplishments go beyond the classroom and stress the importance of getting people of all ages involved in renewable energy.

  5. Innovative Application of Maintenance-Free Phase-Change Thermal Energy Storage for Dish-Engine Solar Power Generation

    SciTech Connect

    Qui, Songgang; Galbraith, Ross

    2013-01-23

    This final report summarizes the final results of the Phase II Innovative Application of Maintenance-Free Phase-Change Thermal Energy Storage for Dish-Engine Solar Power Generation project being performed by Infinia Corporation for the U.S. Department of Energy under contract DE-FC36-08GO18157 during the project period of September 1, 2009 - August 30, 2012. The primary objective of this project is to demonstrate the practicality of integrating thermal energy storage (TES) modules, using a suitable thermal salt phase-change material (PCM) as its medium, with a dish/Stirling engine; enabling the system to operate during cloud transients and to provide dispatchable power for 4 to 6 hours after sunset. A laboratory prototype designed to provide 3 kW-h of net electrical output was constructed and tested at Infinia's Ogden Headquarters. In the course of the testing, it was determined that the system's heat pipe network - used to transfer incoming heat from the solar receiver to both the Stirling generator heater head and to the phase change salt - did not perform to expectations. The heat pipes had limited capacity to deliver sufficient heat energy to the generator and salt mass while in a charging mode, which was highly dependent on the orientation of the device (vertical versus horizontal). In addition, the TES system was only able to extract about 30 to 40% of the expected amount of energy from the phase change salt once it was fully molten. However, the use of heat pipes to transfer heat energy to and from a thermal energy storage medium is a key technical innovation, and the project team feels that the limitations of the current device could be greatly improved with further development. A detailed study of manufacturing costs using the prototype TES module as a basis indicates that meeting DOE LCOE goals with this hardware requires significant efforts. Improvement can be made by implementing aggressive cost-down initiatives in design and materials, improving system

  6. Aditya Solar Power Industries | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Aditya Solar Power Industries Jump to: navigation, search Name: Aditya Solar Power Industries Place: India Sector: Solar Product: Bangalore-based solar project developer....

  7. GE Solar Power | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    GE Solar Power Jump to: navigation, search Name: GE Solar Power Place: Delaware Sector: Solar Product: String representation "The solar busin ... s in July 2004." is too long....

  8. Sandia Energy - Concentrating Solar Power Technical Management...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Concentrating Solar Power Technical Management Position Home Renewable Energy Energy Facilities News Concentrating Solar Power Solar Job Listing National Solar Thermal Test...

  9. AV Solar Ranch I Solar Power Plant | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    AV Solar Ranch I Solar Power Plant Jump to: navigation, search Name AV Solar Ranch I Solar Power Plant Facility AV Solar Ranch I Sector Solar Facility Type Photovoltaic Developer...

  10. Concentrating Solar Power Fact Sheet

    SciTech Connect

    2015-12-01

    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.

  11. Integrated Layout and Optimization Tool for Solar Power Towers |

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Concentrating Solar Power | NREL Integrated Layout and Optimization Tool for Solar Power Towers The Solar Power Tower Integrated Layout and Optimization Tool (SolarPILOT(tm)) generates and characterizes power tower (central receiver) systems. This software was developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). SolarPILOT consists of a graphical user interface (GUI) and an application programming interface (API) through which external programs can access SolarPILOT's functionality.

  12. Bay Solar Power Design | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Solar Power Design Jump to: navigation, search Name: Bay Solar Power Design Place: California Product: US-based PV system installer. References: Bay Solar Power Design1 This...

  13. Concentrated Solar Thermoelectric Power | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Concentrated Solar Thermoelectric Power Concentrated Solar Thermoelectric Power This presentation was delivered at the SunShot Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Program Review 2013, ...

  14. Markets for concentrating solar power

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1998-04-01

    The report describes the markets for concentrating solar power. As concentrating solar power technologies advance into the early stages of commercialization, their economic potential becomes more sharply defined and increasingly tangible.

  15. 2010 News | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    0 News Below are news stories related to Concentrating Solar Power. RSS Learn about RSS. December 21, 2010 DOE Finalizes $1.45 Billion Loan Guarantee for One of the World's Largest Solar Generation Plants A $1.45 billion loan guarantee has been finalized for Abengoa Solar Inc.'s Solana project, the world's largest parabolic trough concentrating solar plant. October 26, 2010 NREL Scientists Lauded as Industry Pioneers At the recent World Renewable Energy Congress/Network (WREN) in Abu Dhabi,

  16. Concentrating Solar Power Basics | NREL

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    of power plants with concentrating solar power systems uses the sun as a heat source. ... Linear concentrator systems collect the sun's energy using long rectangular, curved ...

  17. Solaren Space Solar Power Plant | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Space Solar Power Plant Facility Solaren Space Solar Sector Solar Facility Type Photovoltaic Developer Solaren Corp Generating Capacity (MW) 200.0200 MW 200,000 kW 200,000,000...

  18. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - TroughNet Home Page

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Steam is coming out of the generation system building. Power Plant Systems Parabolic Trough Data and Resources Industry Partners Solar Data Power Plant Data Models and Tools System ...

  19. Concentrating Solar Power Projects - Nevada Solar One | Concentrating...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Nevada Solar One This page provides information on Nevada Solar One, a concentrating solar power (CSP) project, with data organized by background, participants, and power plant ...

  20. 2015 News | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    5 News Below are news stories related to Concentrating Solar Power. RSS Learn about RSS. November 19, 2015 NREL Estimates Economically Viable U.S. Renewable Generation Analysts at ...

  1. Wireless power transmission: The key to solar power satellites

    SciTech Connect

    Nansen, R.H.

    1995-12-31

    In the years following the OPEC oil embargo of 1973--74, the US aggressively researched alternative energy options. Among those studied was the concept of Solar Power Satellites -- generating electricity in space from solar energy on giant satellites and sending the energy to the earth with wireless power transmission. Much has happened in the fifteen years since the studies were terminated. Maturing of the enabling technologies has provided much of the infrastructure to support the development of a commercial Solar Power Satellite program. All of this will reduce the cost by one to two orders of magnitude so development can now be undertaken by industry instead of relying on a massive government program. Solar Space Industries was formed to accomplish this goal. The basis of their development plan for Solar Power Satellites is to build a Ground Test Installation that will duplicate, in small scale on the earth, all aspects of the power generating and power transmission systems for the Solar Power Satellite concept except for the space environment and the range and size of the energy beam. Space operations issues will be separated from the power generation function and verified by testing using the NASA Space Station and Space Shuttle. Solar Space Industries` concept is to built a Ground Test Installation that couples an existing 100 kW terrestrial solar cell array, furnished by an interested utility, to a phased-array wireless power transmitter based on the subarray developed by William Brown and The Center for Space Power. Power will be transmitted over a 1 1/4 mile range to a receiving antenna (rectenna) and then fed into a commercial utility power grid. The objective is to demonstrate the complete function of the Solar Power Satellites, with the primary issue being the validation of practical wireless power transmission. The key features to demonstrate are; beam control, stability, steering, efficiency, reliability, cost, and safety.

  2. EIS-0416: Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in San Bernardino

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    County, CA | Department of Energy 6: Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in San Bernardino County, CA EIS-0416: Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in San Bernardino County, CA Documents Available for Download October 22, 2010 EIS-0416: EPA Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (07-AFC-5) Project, Proposal to Construct a 400-m Megawatt Concentrated Solar Power Tower, Thermal-Electric Power Plant, San Bernardino

  3. Funding Opportunity Announcement: Concentrating Solar Power:...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Funding Opportunity Announcement: Concentrating Solar Power: Advanced Projects Offering Low LCOE Opportunities Funding Opportunity Announcement: Concentrating Solar Power: Advanced ...

  4. Ivanpah: World's Largest Concentrating Solar Power Plant

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    The Ivanpah Solar Energy Generating System has the capacity to generate 392 megawattsof clean electricity -- enough to power 94,400 average American homes. As the first commercial deployment of innovative power tower CSP technology in the United States, the Ivanpah project was the recipient of a $1.6 billion loan guarantee from the Department’s Loan Programs Office (LPO).

  5. Improved Concentrating Solar Power Systems - Energy Innovation Portal

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Solar Thermal Solar Thermal Energy Storage Energy Storage Find More Like This Return to Search Improved Concentrating Solar Power Systems National Renewable Energy Laboratory Contact NREL About This Technology Technology Marketing Summary Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) systems utilize solar energy to drive a thermal power cycle for the generation of electricity. CSP technologies include parabolic trough, linear Fresnel, central receiver or "power tower", and dish/engine systems.

  6. April 2013 Most Viewed Documents for Power Generation And Distribution...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    April 2013 Most Viewed Documents for Power Generation And Distribution Electric power ... (1998) 64 Molten Salt-Carbon Nanotube Thermal Energy Storage for Concentrating Solar ...

  7. September 2013 Most Viewed Documents for Power Generation And...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    September 2013 Most Viewed Documents for Power Generation And Distribution Electric power ... (1996) 21 Molten Salt-Carbon Nanotube Thermal Energy Storage for Concentrating Solar ...

  8. Solar Power Partners Inc | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Mill Valley, California Zip: 94941 Sector: Solar Product: Mill Valley-based independent power producer (IPP) focused on solar projects in the US References: Solar Power Partners...

  9. Solar Power Prospector | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Solar Power Prospector Jump to: navigation, search Tool Summary LAUNCH TOOL Name: Solar Power Prospector AgencyCompany Organization: NREL Sector: Energy Focus Area: Solar Topics:...

  10. Solar Power Prospector | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Solar Power Prospector (Redirected from Solar Prospector) Jump to: navigation, search Tool Summary LAUNCH TOOL Name: Solar Power Prospector AgencyCompany Organization: NREL...

  11. Advanced Solar Power ASP | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Power (ASP) Place: Israel Sector: Solar Product: Involved in the development and manufacturing of innovative solar energy solutions. References: Advanced Solar Power (ASP)1...

  12. Shared Solar Projects Powering Households Throughout America...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Shared Solar Projects Powering Households Throughout America Shared Solar Projects Powering Households Throughout America January 31, 2014 - 2:30pm Addthis Shared solar projects ...

  13. OUT Success Stories: Solar Trough Power Plants

    DOE R&D Accomplishments

    Jones, J.

    2000-08-01

    The Solar Electric Generating System (SEGS) plants use parabolic-trough solar collectors to capture the sun's energy and convert it to heat. The SEGS plants range in capacity from 13.8 to 80 MW, and they were constructed to meet Southern California Edison Company's periods of peak power demand.

  14. Concentrating Solar Power (Fact Sheet)

    SciTech Connect

    DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program

    2011-10-13

    Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) offers a utility-scale, firm, dispatchable renewable energy option that can help meet the nation's goal of making solar energy cost competitive with other energy sources by the end of the decade.

  15. Saguargo Solar Power Plant Solar Power Plant | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Type Concentrating Solar Power Facility Status In Service Developer Solargenix Location Red Rock, Arizona Coordinates 32.54795, -111.292887 Show Map Loading map......

  16. Solar Thin Power | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Power Jump to: navigation, search Name: Solar Thin Power Place: New York Sector: Solar Product: Solar Thin Power was formed to seek out solar projects in North America, Asia and...

  17. Making solar power more affordable

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Making solar power more affordable Making solar power more affordable Although the goal of cheap, plentiful energy from the sun turns out to be a work in progress, not a settled achievement, recent research breakthroughs are helping to deliver on the promise of truly "cheap solar," with several surprising side benefits. August 30, 2016 Making solar power more affordable Three types of large-area solar cells made out of two-dimensional perovskites. At left, a room-temperature cast film;

  18. Conditional Loan Guarantee to Support California Solar Generation Project |

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Department of Energy Conditional Loan Guarantee to Support California Solar Generation Project Conditional Loan Guarantee to Support California Solar Generation Project April 12, 2011 - 3:08pm Addthis An artist rendering of what the California Valley Solar Ranch project will look like post-construction . | courtesy of SunPower Corporation An artist rendering of what the California Valley Solar Ranch project will look like post-construction . | courtesy of SunPower Corporation Ginny Simmons

  19. Nanowire mesh solar fuels generator

    DOEpatents

    Yang, Peidong; Chan, Candace; Sun, Jianwei; Liu, Bin

    2016-05-24

    This disclosure provides systems, methods, and apparatus related to a nanowire mesh solar fuels generator. In one aspect, a nanowire mesh solar fuels generator includes (1) a photoanode configured to perform water oxidation and (2) a photocathode configured to perform water reduction. The photocathode is in electrical contact with the photoanode. The photoanode may include a high surface area network of photoanode nanowires. The photocathode may include a high surface area network of photocathode nanowires. In some embodiments, the nanowire mesh solar fuels generator may include an ion conductive polymer infiltrating the photoanode and the photocathode in the region where the photocathode is in electrical contact with the photoanode.

  20. Publications | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    develops publications-including technical reports, journal articles, and conference papers-about its research and development (R&D) activities in concentrating solar power (CSP). ...

  1. Research | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Research Research and development (R&D) capabilities in concentrating solar power (CSP) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) span the entire electricity system-from ...

  2. Facilities | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) provides industry, government, and university staff who are researching concentrating solar power (CSP) with access to ...

  3. Concentrated Solar Thermoelectric Power

    SciTech Connect

    Chen, Gang; Ren, Zhifeng

    2015-07-09

    The goal of this project is to demonstrate in the lab that solar thermoelectric generators (STEGs) can exceed 10% solar-to-electricity efficiency, and STEGs can be integrated with phase-change materials (PCM) for thermal storage, providing operation beyond daylight hours. This project achieved significant progress in many tasks necessary to achieving the overall project goals. An accurate Themoelectric Generator (TEG) model was developed, which included realistic treatment of contact materials, contact resistances and radiative losses. In terms of fabricating physical TEGs, high performance contact materials for skutterudite TE segments were developed, along with brazing and soldering methods to assemble segmented TEGs. Accurate measurement systems for determining device performance (in addition to just TE material performance) were built for this project and used to characterize our TEGs. From the optical components’ side, a spectrally selective cermet surface was developed with high solar absorptance and low thermal emittance, with thermal stability at high temperature. A measurement technique was also developed to determine absorptance and total hemispherical emittance at high temperature, and was used to characterize the fabricated spectrally selective surfaces. In addition, a novel reflective cavity was designed to reduce radiative absorber losses and achieve high receiver efficiency at low concentration ratios. A prototype cavity demonstrated that large reductions in radiative losses were possible through this technique. For the overall concentrating STEG system, a number of devices were fabricated and tested in a custom built test platform to characterize their efficiency performance. Additionally, testing was performed with integration of PCM thermal storage, and the storage time of the lab scale system was evaluated. Our latest testing results showed a STEG efficiency of 9.6%, indicating promising potential for high performance concentrated STEGs.

  4. World's Largest Concentrating Solar Power Plant Opens in California |

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Department of Energy World's Largest Concentrating Solar Power Plant Opens in California World's Largest Concentrating Solar Power Plant Opens in California February 19, 2014 - 12:00am Addthis Ivanpah, the world's largest concentrating solar plant, opened in California on February 13.Credit: BrightSource Energy The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, the world's largest concentrating solar power (CSP) plant, officially opened on February 13. As the first commercial deployment of

  5. Turning windows into solar generators

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    August 8, 2016 Turning windows into solar generators UbiQD founder and President Hunter McDaniel shows quantum dots dissolved in a liquid solution that absorbs ultraviolet light ...

  6. Concentrating Solar Power Projects | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Projects SolarPACES Snapshot SolarPACES, an international program of the International Energy Agency, furthers collaborative development, testing, and marketing of concentrating solar power plants. Activities include testing large-scale systems and developing advanced technologies, components, instrumentation, and analysis techniques. Founded in 1977, SolarPACES now has 13 members: Algeria, Australia, Egypt, the European Commission, France, Germany, Israel, Mexico, South Africa, South Korea,

  7. Concentrating Solar Power Research and Development | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Research and Development Concentrating Solar Power Research and Development Concentrating Solar Power Research and Development In 2007, DOE issued the Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Research and Development Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). The following projects were selected under this competitive solicitation: 3M: Cleanable and Hardcoat Coatings for Increased Durability of Silvered Polymeric Mirrors Abengoa: Advanced Polymeric Reflector for CSP Applications Abengoa: Next-Generation

  8. Amargosa Farm Road Solar Energy Project Solar Power Plant | Open...

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Sector Solar Facility Type Concentrating Solar Power Developer Solar Millenium, LLC, MAN Ferrostaal Inc Location Nye County, Nevada Coordinates 38.5807111, -116.0413889...

  9. Concentrating Solar Power Projects - Rice Solar Energy Project...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Rice Solar Energy Project This page provides information on Rice Solar Energy Project, a concentrating solar power (CSP) project, with data organized by background, participants, ...

  10. Solar Power for Tanzania

    SciTech Connect

    Chen, Christine; Gerace, Jay; Mehner, Nicole; Mohamed, Sharif; Reiss, Kelly

    1999-12-06

    Condensed list of products and activities: 8 educational posters and 1 informational brochure (all original illustrations and text); a business plan with micro-agreements; corporation created called Tanzanian Power, LLC; business feasibility study developed with the University of Albany; Hampshire College collaborated in project development; research conducted seeking similar projects in underdeveloped countries; Citibank proposal submitted (but rejected); cleaned and sent PV panels to Tanzania; community center built in Tanzania; research and list provided to Robinson for educational TV videos and product catalogs; networked with Chase Manhattan Bank for new solar panels; maintained flow of information among many people (stateside and Tanzania); wrote and sent press releases and other outreach information. Several families purchased panels.

  11. Mapping suitability areas for concentrated solar power plants using remote

    Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)

    sensing data (Journal Article) | DOE PAGES Mapping suitability areas for concentrated solar power plants using remote sensing data Title: Mapping suitability areas for concentrated solar power plants using remote sensing data The political push to increase power generation from renewable sources such as solar energy requires knowing the best places to site new solar power plants with respect to the applicable regulatory, operational, engineering, environmental, and socioeconomic criteria.

  12. Peak power ratio generator

    DOEpatents

    Moyer, R.D.

    A peak power ratio generator is described for measuring, in combination with a conventional power meter, the peak power level of extremely narrow pulses in the gigahertz radio frequency bands. The present invention in a preferred embodiment utilizes a tunnel diode and a back diode combination in a detector circuit as the only high speed elements. The high speed tunnel diode provides a bistable signal and serves as a memory device of the input pulses for the remaining, slower components. A hybrid digital and analog loop maintains the peak power level of a reference channel at a known amount. Thus, by measuring the average power levels of the reference signal and the source signal, the peak power level of the source signal can be determined.

  13. Peak power ratio generator

    DOEpatents

    Moyer, Robert D.

    1985-01-01

    A peak power ratio generator is described for measuring, in combination with a conventional power meter, the peak power level of extremely narrow pulses in the gigahertz radio frequency bands. The present invention in a preferred embodiment utilizes a tunnel diode and a back diode combination in a detector circuit as the only high speed elements. The high speed tunnel diode provides a bistable signal and serves as a memory device of the input pulses for the remaining, slower components. A hybrid digital and analog loop maintains the peak power level of a reference channel at a known amount. Thus, by measuring the average power levels of the reference signal and the source signal, the peak power level of the source signal can be determined.

  14. China Solar Power CSP aka General Solar Power Yantai Co Ltd ...

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Power CSP aka General Solar Power Yantai Co Ltd Jump to: navigation, search Name: China Solar Power (CSP) (aka General Solar Power Yantai Co Ltd) Place: China Sector: Solar...

  15. Concentrating Solar Power Projects by Country | Concentrating Solar Power |

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    NREL Country In this section, you can select a country from the map or the following list of countries. You can then select a specific concentrating solar power (CSP) project and review a profile covering project basics, participating organizations, and power plant configuration data for the solar field, power block, and thermal energy storage. Javascript must be enabled to view Flash movie Algeria Australia Canada Chile China Egypt France Germany India Israel Italy Kuwait Mexico Morocco

  16. Oscillating fluid power generator

    DOEpatents

    Morris, David C

    2014-02-25

    A system and method for harvesting the kinetic energy of a fluid flow for power generation with a vertically oriented, aerodynamic wing structure comprising one or more airfoil elements pivotably attached to a mast. When activated by the moving fluid stream, the wing structure oscillates back and forth, generating lift first in one direction then in the opposite direction. This oscillating movement is converted to unidirectional rotational movement in order to provide motive power to an electricity generator. Unlike other oscillating devices, this device is designed to harvest the maximum aerodynamic lift forces available for a given oscillation cycle. Because the system is not subjected to the same intense forces and stresses as turbine systems, it can be constructed less expensively, reducing the cost of electricity generation. The system can be grouped in more compact clusters, be less evident in the landscape, and present reduced risk to avian species.

  17. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Collector R&D

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Collector research at NREL focuses on developing and testing the next generation of concentrating solar power (CSP) collectors that reduce delivered electricity costs by 50%. ...

  18. Low temperature solar-to-electric power conversion system

    SciTech Connect

    Vitale, N.G.

    1993-07-20

    An electric power generating apparatus is described, including: a solar collector; a primary thermal loop including primary thermal fluid; a cavity receiver to receive reflected solar energy from the solar reflector, convert the solar energy into thermal energy, and transmit the thermal energy to the primary thermal fluid by heating the primary thermal fluid not to exceed a given temperature, the given temperature being substantially equal to 700 F; a Stirling engine receiving the primary thermal fluid heated by the cavity receiver, including means to generate mechanical power and means to generate electrical power from the means to generate mechanical power.

  19. Stateline Solar Power Plant | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Name Stateline Solar Power Plant Facility Stateline Sector Solar Facility Type Photovoltaic Developer First Solar Location San Bernardino County, California Coordinates...

  20. Blythe Solar Power Plant | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    search Name Blythe Solar Power Plant Facility Blythe Sector Solar Facility Type Photovoltaic Developer First Solar Location Blythe, California Coordinates 33.6172329,...

  1. SolarPower Ltd | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Ltd Jump to: navigation, search Name: SolarPower Ltd Place: Netanya, Israel Sector: Solar Product: Israel-based designer, supplier and installer of solar energy systems....

  2. Hydro Power (pbl/generation)

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Generation > Generation Hydro Power FCRPS Hydro Projects FCRPS Information Kiosk Current Hydrological Info Fish Funding Agreement FCRPS Definitions Wind Power Monthly GSP BPA White...

  3. Solar power system

    SciTech Connect

    Mcgrew, S.P.

    1980-05-27

    A system for generating electrical power from sunlight, comprises a focussing diffraction grating or other focussing, spectrally dispersive means and a photocell array. The diffraction grating focuses sunlight into a spectrally dispersed band. The photocell array is composed of cells with different spectral sensitivities, located in positions in the dispersed band corresponding to the cell spectral sensitivities so that the net conversion efficiency of sunlight to electricity exceeds the conversion efficiency attainable with nondispersive collectors and single material photocells. Alternate embodiments of the invention provide sun tracking means, reflective or transmissive diffraction gratings, flat or curved diffraction grating surfaces , on- or off-axis focus, and optical coatings on the photocell surfaces.

  4. Solar Powering America Home | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    State and Local Governments Workforce Development About Solar Powering America Rotator-solarPower-America2.jpg Solar Powering America was formed by the U.S. Department of Energy ...

  5. Solar power purchase for DOE laboratories | National Nuclear Security

    National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)

    Administration | (NNSA) Solar power purchase for DOE laboratories January 13, 2015 WASHINGTON D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) announced today it has finalized the license agreement with Whitethorn Solar, a wholly owned subsidiary of Juwi Solar Inc. (Juwi), for a solar electrical generation system onsite at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. When completed, the power generated by this system will represent the DOE/NNSA's largest

  6. Wind Power (pbl/generation)

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Generation Hydro Power Wind Power Monthly GSP BPA White Book Dry Year Tools Firstgov Wind Power (Updated June 16, 2014) Project Descriptions Foote Creek I Wind Project (Carbon...

  7. Power Tower System Concentrating Solar Power Basics | Department...

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    In power tower concentrating solar power systems, a large number of flat, sun-tracking ... Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project is a 110 megawatt solar thermal power plant located in ...

  8. Prosperity Solar Power Inc | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Name: Prosperity Solar Power Inc Place: Taipei City, Taiwan Product: Focused on photovoltaic module production. References: Prosperity Solar Power Inc1 This article is a...

  9. Kammerer Solar Power Facility | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Power Facility Facility Kammerer Solar Power Facility Sector Solar Facility Type Photovoltaics Facility Status In Service Developer Recurrent Energy Energy Purchaser Sacramento...

  10. 2014 News | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    4 News Below are news stories related to Concentrating Solar Power. RSS Learn about RSS. September 16, 2014 NREL Forges Foundation for Advanced Concentrating Solar Power Receivers ...

  11. Solar Power Beginner | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Beginner Jump to: navigation, search Tool Summary LAUNCH TOOL Name: Solar Power Beginner AgencyCompany Organization: Solar Power Beginner Sector: Energy Focus Area: Renewable...

  12. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Staff Biographies

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Learn more about the expertise and technical skills of NREL's concentrating solar power ... Victor primarily works with the Concentrated Solar Power group but also works with several ...

  13. Jupiter Solar Power Ltd | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Solar Power Ltd Jump to: navigation, search Name: Jupiter Solar Power Ltd Place: Kolkata, West Bengal, India Zip: 700012 Product: India-based subsidiary of Jupiter International...

  14. NREL + SolarCity: Maximizing Solar Power on Electrical Grids...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Maximizing Solar Power on Electrical Grids (Text Version) This is a text version of the video "NREL + SolarCity: Maximizing Solar Power on Electrical Grids." RYAN HANLEY: The ...

  15. Project Profile: Concentrated Solar Thermoelectric Power

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    The Rohsenow-Kendall Heat Transfer Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT), under the 2012 SunShot Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) R&D FOA, is developing concentrated solar thermoelectric generators (CSTEGs) for CSP systems. This innovative distributed solution contains no moving parts and converts heat directly into electricity. Thermal storage can be integrated into the system, creating a reliable and flexible source of electricity.

  16. EA-1683: Abengoa Solar's Solana Concentrating Solar Power Facility, Gila

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Bend, AZ | Department of Energy 83: Abengoa Solar's Solana Concentrating Solar Power Facility, Gila Bend, AZ EA-1683: Abengoa Solar's Solana Concentrating Solar Power Facility, Gila Bend, AZ May 3, 2010 EA-1683: Final Environmental Assessment Loan Guarantee to Abengoa Solar Inc. for the Solana Thermal Electric Power Project near Gila Bend, Arizona May 6, 2010 EA-1683: Finding of No Significant Impact Abengoa Solar Inc., the Solana Thermal Electric Power Project near Gila Bend, Arizona

  17. Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Trough and Tower Concentrating Solar Power Electricity Generation: Systematic Review and Harmonization

    SciTech Connect

    Burkhardt, J. J.; Heath, G.; Cohen, E.

    2012-04-01

    In reviewing life cycle assessment (LCA) literature of utility-scale concentrating solar power (CSP) systems, this analysis focuses on reducing variability and clarifying the central tendency of published estimates of life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through a meta-analytical process called harmonization. From 125 references reviewed, 10 produced 36 independent GHG emissions estimates passing screens for quality and relevance: 19 for parabolic trough (trough) technology and 17 for power tower (tower) technology. The interquartile range (IQR) of published estimates for troughs and towers were 83 and 20 grams of carbon dioxide equivalent per kilowatt-hour (g CO2-eq/kWh),1 respectively; median estimates were 26 and 38 g CO2-eq/kWh for trough and tower, respectively. Two levels of harmonization were applied. Light harmonization reduced variability in published estimates by using consistent values for key parameters pertaining to plant design and performance. The IQR and median were reduced by 87% and 17%, respectively, for troughs. For towers, the IQR and median decreased by 33% and 38%, respectively. Next, five trough LCAs reporting detailed life cycle inventories were identified. The variability and central tendency of their estimates are reduced by 91% and 81%, respectively, after light harmonization. By harmonizing these five estimates to consistent values for global warming intensities of materials and expanding system boundaries to consistently include electricity and auxiliary natural gas combustion, variability is reduced by an additional 32% while central tendency increases by 8%. These harmonized values provide useful starting points for policy makers in evaluating life cycle GHG emissions from CSP projects without the requirement to conduct a full LCA for each new project.

  18. United States Renewable Electric Power Industry Net Generation...

    Energy Information Administration (EIA) (indexed site)

    Renewable Electric Power Industry Net Generation, by Energy Source, 2006 - 2010" ... "Solar",508,612,864,891,1212 "Wind",26589,34450,55363,73886,94652 "WoodWood ...

  19. March 2014 Most Viewed Documents for Power Generation And Distribution...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    March 2014 Most Viewed Documents for Power Generation And Distribution ASPEN Plus Simulation ... (1982) 18 Molten Salt-Carbon Nanotube Thermal Energy Storage for Concentrating Solar ...

  20. Ground Breaking of Blythe Solar Power Project | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Breaking of Blythe Solar Power Project Ground Breaking of Blythe Solar Power Project June 20, 2011 - 2:16pm Addthis Secretary Chu Secretary Chu Former Secretary of Energy What will the project do? Blythe Solar Power Project will generate 1,000 megawatts of solar power, enough to power more than 300,000 single-family homes a year. Back in April, I had the pleasure of announcing that the Department of Energy had extended our largest conditional loan guarantee for a solar project - $2.1 billion to

  1. High power microwave generator

    DOEpatents

    Ekdahl, Carl A.

    1986-01-01

    A microwave generator efficiently converts the energy of an intense relativistic electron beam (REB) into a high-power microwave emission using the Smith-Purcell effect which is related to Cerenkov radiation. Feedback for efficient beam bunching and high gain is obtained by placing a cylindrical Smith-Purcell transmission grating on the axis of a toroidal resonator. High efficiency results from the use of a thin cold annular highly-magnetized REB that is closely coupled to the resonant structure.

  2. High power microwave generator

    DOEpatents

    Ekdahl, C.A.

    1983-12-29

    A microwave generator efficiently converts the energy of an intense relativistic electron beam (REB) into a high-power microwave emission using the Smith-Purcell effect which is related to Cerenkov radiation. Feedback for efficient beam bunching and high gain is obtained by placing a cylindrical Smith-Purcell transmission grating on the axis of a toroidal resonator. High efficiency results from the use of a thin cold annular highly-magnetized REB that is closely coupled to the resonant structure.

  3. Tonopah Airport Solar Power Plant | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Tonopah Airport Solar Power Plant Jump to: navigation, search Name Tonopah Airport Solar Power Plant Facility Tonopah Airport Solar Sector Solar Facility Type Concentrating Solar...

  4. EFRC Teleconference- Concentrated Solar Thermoelectric Generators | Solid

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    State Solar Thermal Energy Conversion Concentrated Solar Thermoelectric Generators Seminar Thursday Oct 6, 2016 2:00pm Location: 3-258 Speaker: Gang Chen

  5. Georgia Power- Advanced Solar Initiative

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Note: According to Georgia Power's website, the Advanced Solar Initiative's final program guidelines are due to be published on June 25th and the bidding period for is expected to open on July 10,...

  6. Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Overview

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Overview Mark S. Mehos CSP Program Manager National Renewable Energy Laboratory Golden, CO NREL is a national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy operated by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC Outline * Technology Overview * U.S. and International Market Overview * DOE Research and Development National Renewable Energy Laboratory Innovation for Our Energy Future CSP, aka Solar Thermal Power Linear

  7. Concentrating Solar Power (Fact Sheet)

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    2011-10-01

    Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) offers a utility-scale, firm, dispatchable renewable energy option that can help meet the nation's goal of making solar energy cost competitive with other energy sources by the end of the decade. The DOE SunShot Initiative is a collaborative national initiative to make solar energy technologies cost-competitive with other forms of energy by reducing the cost of solar energy systems by about 75% by the end of the decade. Reducing the total installed cost for utility-scale solar electricity to roughly 6 cents per kilowatt hour without subsidies will result in rapid, large-scale adoption of solar electricity across the United States. Reaching this goal will re-establish American technological leadership, improve the nation's energy security, and strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness in the global clean energy race. SunShot will work to bring down the full cost of solar - including the costs of solar cells and installation by focusing on four main pillars: (1) Technologies for solar cells and arrays that convert sunlight to energy; (2) Electronics that optimize the performance of the installation; (3) Improvements in the efficiency of solar manufacturing processes; and (4) Installation, design, and permitting for solar energy systems.

  8. concentrating solar power plant

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    power plant - Sandia Energy Energy Search Icon Sandia Home Locations Contact Us Employee Locator Energy & Climate Secure & Sustainable Energy Future Stationary Power Energy ...

  9. Long Island Power Authority Solar Project | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Long Island Power Authority Solar Project Jump to: navigation, search Name Long Island Power Authority Solar Project Facility Long Island Power Authority Solar Project Sector Solar...

  10. Americans for Solar Power ASPv | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Americans for Solar Power ASPv Jump to: navigation, search Name: Americans for Solar Power (ASPv) Place: Tempe, Arizona Zip: 85282 Sector: Solar Product: Americans for Solar Power...

  11. Solar Power Innovations | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    to: navigation, search Name: Solar Power Innovations References: Just Solar LLC This article is a stub. You can help OpenEI by expanding it. Solar Power Innovations is a company...

  12. Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study Solar Dataset (Presentation)

    SciTech Connect

    Hummon, M.

    2014-04-01

    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory produced solar power production data for the Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study (ERGIS) including "real time" 5-minute interval data, "four hour ahead forecast" 60-minute interval data, and "day-ahead forecast" 60-minute interval data for the year 2006. This presentation provides a brief overview of the three solar power datasets.

  13. Linkages from DOE's Solar Photovoltaic R&D to Commercial Renewable Power

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Generation from Solar Energy | Department of Energy Solar Photovoltaic R&D to Commercial Renewable Power Generation from Solar Energy Linkages from DOE's Solar Photovoltaic R&D to Commercial Renewable Power Generation from Solar Energy The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Solar Photovoltaic R&D Subprogram promotes the development of cost-effective systems for directly converting solar energy into electricity for residential, commercial, and industrial applications. This study

  14. Concentrating Solar Power Facilities | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Facilities Concentrating Solar Power Facilities Florida Hawaii Southwest U.S.

  15. Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    These technologies capture sunlight to produce heat that drives today's conventional thermoelectric generation systems or future advanced generation systems. The unique feature of ...

  16. Concentrating Solar Power: Solar Energy Technologies Program (SETP) (Fact Sheet)

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    2009-10-01

    Fact sheet summarizing the goals and activities of the DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program efforts within its concentrating solar power subprogram.

  17. Small Solar Businesses Earn Vouchers to Develop Next-Generation...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Small Solar Businesses Earn Vouchers to Develop Next-Generation Solar Technologies Small Solar Businesses Earn Vouchers to Develop Next-Generation Solar Technologies August 18, ...

  18. Final report for %22High performance computing for advanced national electric power grid modeling and integration of solar generation resources%22, LDRD Project No. 149016.

    SciTech Connect

    Reno, Matthew J.; Riehm, Andrew Charles; Hoekstra, Robert John; Munoz-Ramirez, Karina; Stamp, Jason Edwin; Phillips, Laurence R.; Adams, Brian M.; Russo, Thomas V.; Oldfield, Ron A.; McLendon, William Clarence, III; Nelson, Jeffrey Scott; Hansen, Clifford W.; Richardson, Bryan T.; Stein, Joshua S.; Schoenwald, David Alan; Wolfenbarger, Paul R.

    2011-02-01

    Design and operation of the electric power grid (EPG) relies heavily on computational models. High-fidelity, full-order models are used to study transient phenomena on only a small part of the network. Reduced-order dynamic and power flow models are used when analysis involving thousands of nodes are required due to the computational demands when simulating large numbers of nodes. The level of complexity of the future EPG will dramatically increase due to large-scale deployment of variable renewable generation, active load and distributed generation resources, adaptive protection and control systems, and price-responsive demand. High-fidelity modeling of this future grid will require significant advances in coupled, multi-scale tools and their use on high performance computing (HPC) platforms. This LDRD report demonstrates SNL's capability to apply HPC resources to these 3 tasks: (1) High-fidelity, large-scale modeling of power system dynamics; (2) Statistical assessment of grid security via Monte-Carlo simulations of cyber attacks; and (3) Development of models to predict variability of solar resources at locations where little or no ground-based measurements are available.

  19. Concentrating Solar Power

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Energy & Climate Secure & Sustainable Energy Future Stationary Power Energy Conversion ... Safety, Security & Resilience of the Energy Infrastructure Energy Storage Nuclear ...

  20. Linear Concentrator Solar Power Plant Illustration

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    This graphic illustrates linear concentrating solar power (CSP) collectors that capture the sun's energy with large mirrors that reflect and focus the sunlight onto a linear receiver tube. The receiver contains a fluid that is heated by the sunlight and then used to create superheated steam that spins a turbine that drives a generator to produce electricity. Alternatively, steam can be generated directly in the solar field, eliminating the need for costly heat exchangers. In a parabolic trough system, the receiver tube is positioned along the focal line of each parabola-shaped reflector.

  1. Geothermal Power Generation Plant

    SciTech Connect

    Boyd, Tonya

    2013-12-01

    Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) drilled a deep geothermal well on campus (to 5,300 feet deep) which produced 196°F resource as part of the 2008 OIT Congressionally Directed Project. OIT will construct a geothermal power plant (estimated at 1.75 MWe gross output). The plant would provide 50 to 75 percent of the electricity demand on campus. Technical support for construction and operations will be provided by OIT’s Geo-Heat Center. The power plant will be housed adjacent to the existing heat exchange building on the south east corner of campus near the existing geothermal production wells used for heating campus. Cooling water will be supplied from the nearby cold water wells to a cooling tower or air cooling may be used, depending upon the type of plant selected. Using the flow obtained from the deep well, not only can energy be generated from the power plant, but the “waste” water will also be used to supplement space heating on campus. A pipeline will be construction from the well to the heat exchanger building, and then a discharge line will be construction around the east and north side of campus for anticipated use of the “waste” water by facilities in an adjacent sustainable energy park. An injection well will need to be drilled to handle the flow, as the campus existing injection wells are limited in capacity.

  2. Solar powered dehumidifier apparatus

    DOEpatents

    Jebens, Robert W.

    1980-12-30

    A thermally insulated light transmitting housing forms a chamber containing a desiccant and having a first gas port open to the ambient and a second gas port connected by a two way valve to a volume to be dried. Solar energy transmitted through the housing heats and dries the desiccant. The increased air pressure due to the heating of the volume to be dried causes the air from the volume to be expelled through the valve into the chamber. The desiccant is then cooled by shielding it from solar energy before the volume cools thereby increasing its moisture absorbing capacity. Then the volume is allowed to cool drawing dehumidified air through the desiccant and the valve into the volume to be dried. This cycle is then repeated.

  3. Hexagon solar power panel

    DOEpatents

    Rubin, Irwin

    1978-01-01

    A solar energy panel comprises a support upon which silicon cells are arrayed. The cells are wafer thin and of two geometrical types, both of the same area and electrical rating, namely hexagon cells and hourglass cells. The hourglass cells are composites of half hexagons. A near perfect nesting relationship of the cells achieves a high density packing whereby optimum energy production per panel area is achieved.

  4. 2009 News | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    9 News Below are news stories related to Concentrating Solar Power. RSS Learn about RSS. October 21, 2009 Solar Technology Acceleration Center is Powering Up Members of the Solar Technology Acceleration Center (SolarTAC) and supporters convened in Aurora, Colo., today, to mark a milestone in "Powering Up" one of the world's largest solar test and demonstration facilities. Since announcing the initial launch of SolarTAC one year ago, the site infrastructure development has progressed to

  5. SunShot Concentrating Solar Power Research | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Research SunShot Concentrating Solar Power Research "This fact sheet summarizes DOE's SunShot Concentrating Solar Power Research and Development program. In 2012, the program's 21 projects were awarded more than $54 million to address the technical barriers for solar fields, receivers, and power plants. By innovating the next generation of CSP technologies, this program will lead to subsequent system integration, engineering scale-up, and eventual commercial production." 55467.pdf

  6. Generation of electrical power

    DOEpatents

    Hursen, Thomas F.; Kolenik, Steven A.; Purdy, David L.

    1976-01-01

    A heat-to-electricity converter is disclosed which includes a radioactive heat source and a thermoelectric element of relatively short overall length capable of delivering a low voltage of the order of a few tenths of a volt. Such a thermoelectric element operates at a higher efficiency than longer higher-voltage elements; for example, elements producing 6 volts. In the generation of required power, thermoelectric element drives a solid-state converter which is controlled by input current rather than input voltage and operates efficiently for a high signal-plus-noise to signal ratio of current. The solid-state converter has the voltage gain necessary to deliver the required voltage at the low input of the thermoelectric element.

  7. Solar Generations LLC | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Generations LLC Jump to: navigation, search Name: Solar Generations LLC Address: 965 W. Main Street Place: Branford, Massachusetts Zip: 06405 Region: Greater Boston Area Sector:...

  8. 2013 News | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    3 News Below are news stories related to Concentrating Solar Power. RSS Learn about RSS. November 5, 2013 Solar Working Group Releases Standard Contracts A working group ...

  9. Field Characterization | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) also uses its high-flux solar furnace to test and evaluate concentrating solar power (CSP) components and investigate advanced ...

  10. Concentrating Solar Power (Revised) (Fact Sheet)

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    2010-11-01

    The fact sheet summarizes the goals and activities of the DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program efforts within its concentrating solar power subprogram.

  11. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Laboratory Capabilities

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    To research, develop, and test a variety of concentrating solar power technologies, NREL features the following laboratory capabilities: Concentrated Solar Radiation Facility Large ...

  12. TGI Solar Power Group | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Solar Product: TGI Solar Power Group specialises in the manufacture and integration of thin film PV fabrication lines, PV thin film manufacturing equipment, as well as project...

  13. Concentrating Solar Power | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Concentrating Solar Power Concentrating Solar Power The SunShot Initiative supports research and development of concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies that reduce the cost of solar energy. CSP helps to achieve the SunShot Initiative cost targets with systems that can supply solar power on demand, even when there is no sunlight, through the use of thermal storage. Since SunShot's inception, the levelized cost of electricity for CSP has decreased about 36 percent, from $0.21 cents per

  14. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Power Block R&D

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Power block research at NREL focuses on assessing the potential of advanced power cycles to integrate with concentrating solar power (CSP) systems. This research increases the ...

  15. Plasma plume MHD power generator and method

    DOEpatents

    Hammer, J.H.

    1993-08-10

    A method is described of generating power at a situs exposed to the solar wind which comprises creating at separate sources at the situs discrete plasma plumes extending in opposed directions, providing electrical communication between the plumes at their source and interposing a desired electrical load in the said electrical communication between the plumes.

  16. GMP Solar Power

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Green Mountain Power, an investor-owned electric utility operating in Vermont, offers a credit to customers with net-metered photovoltaic (PV) systems. In addition to the benefits of net metering,...

  17. Hainan Tianwen Solar Power Co Ltd | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Solar Power Co Ltd Place: Hainan Province, China Sector: Solar Product: China-based solar thermal project developer References: Hainan Tianwen Solar Power Co Ltd1 This...

  18. Yonghua Solar Power Investment Holding Ltd | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Yonghua Solar Power Investment Holding Ltd Jump to: navigation, search Name: Yonghua Solar Power Investment Holding Ltd Place: China Sector: Solar Product: A private solar...

  19. Esar Solar Power Pvt Ltd | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Esar Solar Power Pvt Ltd Jump to: navigation, search Name: Esar Solar Power Pvt Ltd Place: Jaipur, Rajasthan, India Sector: Solar Product: Jaipur-based solar project developer....

  20. China Technology Solar Power Holdings Ltd | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Solar Power Holdings Ltd Jump to: navigation, search Name: China Technology Solar Power Holdings Ltd Place: Hong Kong Sector: Solar Product: China-based solar project developer,...

  1. Jiangsu Sunshine Solar Power Co Ltd | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Sunshine Solar Power Co Ltd Place: Jiangsu Province, China Sector: Solar Product: Chinese solar company, formed in May 2006. References: Jiangsu Sunshine Solar Power Co Ltd1...

  2. Concentrating Solar Power Projects by Project Name | Concentrating Solar

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Power | NREL Project Name In this section, you can select a concentrating solar power (CSP) project from the alphabetical listing of project names below. You can then review a profile covering project basics, participating organizations, and power plant configuration data for the solar field, power block, and thermal energy storage. Abhijeet Solar Project ACME Solar Tower Agua Prieta II Airlight Energy Ait-Baha Pilot Plant Alba Nova 1 Andasol-1 (AS-1) Andasol-2 (AS-2) Andasol-3 (AS-3)

  3. BPA Power Generation (pbl/main)

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Generation Hydro Power Wind Power Monthly GSP BPA White Book Dry Year Tools Firstgov Power Generation Hydro Power Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS) Hydro Projects FCRPS...

  4. Solar Power | OpenEI Community

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Solar Power Home Aimeebailey's picture Submitted by Aimeebailey(5) Member 3 July, 2014 - 09:38 RFP154855 - A Local Community Solar Program for the City of Palo Alto community solar...

  5. Solar Power Partners AG | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Solar Product: Small Solar project developer with projects located in South Africa and France. References: Solar Power Partners AG1 This article is a stub. You can help OpenEI by...

  6. Solar-powered cooling system

    SciTech Connect

    Farmer, Joseph C

    2013-12-24

    A solar-powered adsorption-desorption refrigeration and air conditioning system uses nanostructural materials made of high specific surface area adsorption aerogel as the adsorptive media. Refrigerant molecules are adsorbed on the high surface area of the nanostructural material. A circulation system circulates refrigerant from the nanostructural material to a cooling unit.

  7. Solar energy electric generating system

    SciTech Connect

    Anthony, J.

    1988-03-01

    A solar energy electric generating system is described comprising in combination: (a) an array of photocells; (b) means for gating the electrical direct current energy produced by the array of photocells; (c) means for transforming the electrical direct current energy at an output of the array of photocells whereby an alternating current at the output of the transforming means is produced, and which is controlled by a control device for controlling the rate and duty cycle of the gating means; and (d) a photosensitive sampler which samples light incident upon the photocell array and outputs a proportional signal.

  8. The Year of Concentrating Solar Power: Five New Plants to Power America

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    with Clean Energy | Department of Energy The Year of Concentrating Solar Power: Five New Plants to Power America with Clean Energy The Year of Concentrating Solar Power: Five New Plants to Power America with Clean Energy June 5, 2014 - 11:31am Addthis The <a href="/node/801451">Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System</a> in Ivanpah Dry Lake, California. | Photo by Gilles Mingasson, Getty Images for Bechtel. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in Ivanpah Dry

  9. Solar Power Inc SPI | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Solar Power Inc SPI Jump to: navigation, search Name: Solar Power Inc (SPI) Place: Roseville, California Zip: 95661 Product: US-based manufacturer of PV modules with a factory in...

  10. Solar Power Potential in SE New Mexico

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Power International 2016 Solar Power International 2016 Solar Power International 2016 Welcome to the SunShot Initiative's hub for Solar Power International 2016. SunShot made some exciting announcements in conjunction with the conference, including new awards that drive breakthroughs in photovoltaic research and development, while developing the software and hardware solutions that will enable a high deployment solar future. SunShot also announced its intent to issue three new funding

  11. About Solar Powering America | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    About Solar Powering America About Solar Powering America About Solar Powering America Solar Powering America was formed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to coordinate their efforts in support of meeting the goals in the President's Climate Action Plan. These goals include doubling U.S. renewable energy deployment between 2012 and 2020 and installing 100 megawatts of

  12. Making Solar Power History at Ivanpah

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    See photos and relive the best moments from the dedication events for Ivanpah, the world's largest concentrating solar power plant.

  13. Geek-Up[11.05.10]: Quark Gluon Plasma, Solar-Power Generating Windows and CCS Field Studies

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Large Hadron Collider's (LHC) first record-setting run of high-energy proton collisions, new transparent film capable of absorbing light and generating electrical charge developed, and field test finds that opportunities to permanently store carbon in unmineable seams of lignite may be more widespread than previously documented -- all in this week's Geek-Up.

  14. 2011 News | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    1 News Below are news stories related to Concentrating Solar Power. RSS Learn about RSS. December 20, 2011 Thermal Energy Storage Included in California Power Purchase Agreements ...

  15. South West Solar Power | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Power Jump to: navigation, search Name: South West Solar Power Place: Gwangju Metropolitan City, Korea (Republic) Product: Korea-based company acting as the operating body for the...

  16. Concentrating Solar Power: Efficiently Leveraging Equilibrium Mechanisms

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    for Engineering New Thermochemical Storage | Department of Energy Efficiently Leveraging Equilibrium Mechanisms for Engineering New Thermochemical Storage Concentrating Solar Power: Efficiently Leveraging Equilibrium Mechanisms for Engineering New Thermochemical Storage Concentrating Solar Power: Efficiently Leveraging Equilibrium Mechanisms for Engineering New Thermochemical Storage The Concentrating Solar Power: Efficiently Leveraging Equilibrium Mechanisms for Engineering New

  17. Solar Energy Technologies Program - Growing Solar Power Industry Brightens Job Market (Green Jobs)

    SciTech Connect

    2010-04-01

    U.S. solar power capacity is expanding rapidly as part of the national initiative to double renewable energy resources in three years. This growth is helping to generate many new, well-paid jobs in solar power for American workers.

  18. High-Temperature Solar Thermoelectric Generators (STEG) | Department...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    High-Temperature Solar Thermoelectric Generators (STEG) High-Temperature Solar Thermoelectric Generators (STEG) This presentation was delivered at the SunShot Concentrating Solar ...

  19. Conversion Tower for Dispatchable Solar Power: High-Efficiency Solar-Electric Conversion Power Tower

    SciTech Connect

    2012-01-11

    HEATS Project: Abengoa Solar is developing a high-efficiency solar-electric conversion tower to enable low-cost, fully dispatchable solar energy generation. Abengoa’s conversion tower utilizes new system architecture and a two-phase thermal energy storage media with an efficient supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) power cycle. The company is using a high-temperature heat-transfer fluid with a phase change in between its hot and cold operating temperature. The fluid serves as a heat storage material and is cheaper and more efficient than conventional heat-storage materials, like molten salt. It also allows the use of a high heat flux solar receiver, advanced high thermal energy density storage, and more efficient power cycles.

  20. Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Trough and Tower Concentrating Solar Power Electricity Generation: Systematic Review and Harmonization

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    As clean energy increasingly becomes part of the national dialogue, lenders, utilities, and lawmakers need the most comprehensive and accurate information on GHG emissions from various sources of energy to inform policy, planning, and investment decisions. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently led the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Harmonization Project, a study that gives decision makers and investors more precise estimates of life cycle GHG emissions for renewable and conventional generation, clarifying inconsistent and conflicting estimates in the published literature, and reducing uncertainty.

  1. Brighter than a Hundred Suns: Solar Power for the Southwest....

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Colorado Brighter than a Hundred Suns: Solar Power for the Southwest Period of ......... 8 Solar ......

  2. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - News Release Archives

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    ... plant in the world to use molten-salt as a heat transfer fluid and to store ... integrate a combined-cycle gas facility and a solar thermal power plant for electricity generation. ...

  3. Picture of the Week: Perovskite solar power

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    5 Perovskite solar power In recent experiments, Los Alamos National Lab scientists have produced perovskite crystals that exhibit solar conversion efficiencies comparable to those of silicon, the current gold standard. This image shows the kind of high-efficiency perovskite crystals regularly produced at Los Alamos. June 26, 2015 Perovskite solar power x View extra-large image on Flickr » Perovskites are a new class of solar-harvesting materials able to form crystalline solar cells that are

  4. 2006 News | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    6 News Below are news stories related to Concentrating Solar Power. RSS Learn about RSS. December 6, 2006 CSP's Promise in Colorado Colorado's San Luis Valley picked as potential spot for concentrating solar power project. July 21, 2006 NREL Solar Researcher Honored with ASES Abbot Award The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) honored Dr. Chuck Kutscher with the Charles Greeley Abbot Award during the recent ASES SOLAR 2006 conference. April 1, 2006 Economic, Energy, and Environmental Benefits

  5. GEOTHERMAL POWER GENERATION PLANT

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Project objectives: Drilling a deep geothermal well on the Oregon Institute of Technology campus, Klamath Falls, OR. Constructing a geothermal power plant on the Oregon Institute of Technology campus.

  6. San Joaquin Solar 1 & 2 Solar Power Plant | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Solar 1 & 2 Solar Power Plant Jump to: navigation, search Name San Joaquin Solar 1 & 2 Solar Power Plant Facility San Joaquin Solar 1 & 2 Sector Solar Facility Type Hybrid...

  7. EA-1784: Fotowatio Nevada Solar, LLC's Apex Solar Power Project...

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    July 1, 2010 DOI-BLM-NV-S010-2010-0149-EA: Bureau of Land Management's Final Environmental Assessment Fotowatio Nevada Solar, LLC's APEX Solar Power Project in Clark County, Nevada ...

  8. Space-Based Solar Power | Department of Energy

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    Space-Based Solar Power Space-Based Solar Power Graphics by Sarah Gerrity. Interactivity by Daniel Wood

  9. Solar Power and the Electric Grid, Energy Analysis (Fact Sheet)

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    2010-03-01

    In today's electricity generation system, different resources make different contributions to the electricity grid. This fact sheet illustrates the roles of distributed and centralized renewable energy technologies, particularly solar power, and how they will contribute to the future electricity system. The advantages of a diversified mix of power generation systems are highlighted.

  10. Pv-Thermal Solar Power Assembly

    DOEpatents

    Ansley, Jeffrey H.; Botkin, Jonathan D.; Dinwoodie, Thomas L.

    2001-10-02

    A flexible solar power assembly includes a flexible photovoltaic device attached to a flexible thermal solar collector. The solar power assembly can be rolled up for transport and then unrolled for installation on a surface, such as the roof or side wall of a building or other structure, by use of adhesive and/or other types of fasteners.

  11. Curriculum Development in Sustainable Electric Power Generation

    SciTech Connect

    Miller, Ruth Douglas

    2012-08-31

    Final report of a project to develop university laboratory curricula in power electronics for wind and solar energy.

  12. Levelized Power Generation Cost Codes

    Energy Science and Technology Software Center

    1996-04-30

    LPGC is a set of nine microcomputer programs for estimating power generation costs for large steam-electric power plants. These programs permit rapid evaluation using various sets of economic and technical ground rules. The levelized power generation costs calculated may be used to compare the relative economics of nuclear and coal-fired plants based on life-cycle costs. Cost calculations include capital investment cost, operation and maintenance cost, fuel cycle cost, decommissioning cost, and total levelized power generationmore » cost. These programs can be used for quick analyses of power generation costs using alternative economic parameters, such as interest rate, escalation rate, inflation rate, plant lead times, capacity factor, fuel prices, etc. The two major types of electric generating plants considered are pressurized water reactor (PWR) and pulverized coal-fired plants. Data are also provided for the Large Scale Prototype Breeder (LSPB) type liquid metal reactor.« less

  13. Solar-powered cooling system

    SciTech Connect

    Farmer, Joseph C.

    2015-07-28

    A solar-powered adsorption-desorption refrigeration and air conditioning system that uses nanostructural materials such as aerogels, zeolites, and sol gels as the adsorptive media. Refrigerant molecules are adsorbed on the high surface area of the nanostructural material while the material is at a relatively low temperature, perhaps at night. During daylight hours, when the nanostructural materials is heated by the sun, the refrigerant are thermally desorbed from the surface of the aerogel, thereby creating a pressurized gas phase in the vessel that contains the aerogel. This solar-driven pressurization forces the heated gaseous refrigerant through a condenser, followed by an expansion valve. In the condenser, heat is removed from the refrigerant, first by circulating air or water. Eventually, the cooled gaseous refrigerant expands isenthalpically through a throttle valve into an evaporator, in a fashion similar to that in more conventional vapor recompression systems.

  14. Agua Caliente Solar Power Plant | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Caliente Solar Power Plant Facility Agua Caliente Solar Sector Solar Facility Type Photovoltaic Developer NextLight Renewable Power Location Yuma County, Arizona Coordinates...

  15. Golden Hills Solar Power Plant | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Hills Solar Power Plant Facility Golden Hills Solar Sector Solar Facility Type Photovoltaic Developer PowerWorks Location Alameda County, California Coordinates 37.6016892,...

  16. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Advanced Optical Materials...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Today, the solar collectors used in concentrating solar power systems account for approximately 50% of the total capital cost of power plants. The solar reflector costs for these ...

  17. Victorville 2 Solar Power Plant | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Victorville 2 Solar Power Plant Jump to: navigation, search Name Victorville 2 Solar Power Plant Facility Victorville 2 Sector Solar Facility Type Hybrid Developer Inland Energy...

  18. Affordable Solar Hot Water and Power LLC | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Water and Power LLC Jump to: navigation, search Name: Affordable Solar Hot Water and Power LLC Place: Dothan, Alabama Zip: 36305 Sector: Solar Product: Solar and Energy Efficiency...

  19. Solar Energy Power Pte Ltd SEP | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Power Pte Ltd SEP Jump to: navigation, search Name: Solar Energy Power Pte Ltd (SEP) Place: Singapore, Singapore Sector: Solar Product: Solar PV cell manufacturer. References:...

  20. Euro Solar Power Pvt Ltd | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Power Pvt Ltd Jump to: navigation, search Name: Euro Solar Power Pvt. Ltd. Place: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India Zip: 400 059 Sector: Solar Product: Mumbai-based solar project...

  1. Solar Power Company Limited SPC | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Solar Power Company Limited SPC Jump to: navigation, search Name: Solar Power Company Limited (SPC) Place: Thailand Sector: Solar Product: Thailand-based company that designs,...

  2. Software Tools for Analysis of Concentrated Solar Power Technologies

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    and Codes for Analysis of Concentrating Solar Power Technologies Clifford K. Ho Prepared ... and Codes for Analysis of Concentrating Solar Power Technologies Clifford K. Ho Solar ...

  3. SCE Roof Project Solar Power Plant | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    SCE Roof Project Solar Power Plant Jump to: navigation, search Name SCE Roof Project Solar Power Plant Facility SCE Roof Project Sector Solar Facility Type Photovoltaic Developer...

  4. Atlantic City Convention Center Solar Power Plant | Open Energy...

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Convention Center Solar Power Plant Jump to: navigation, search Name Atlantic City Convention Center Solar Power Plant Facility Atlantic City Convention Center Sector Solar...

  5. Palmdale Project Solar Power Plant | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Palmdale Project Solar Power Plant Jump to: navigation, search Name Palmdale Project Solar Power Plant Facility Palmdale Project Sector Solar Facility Type Hybrid Developer Inland...

  6. Searchlight Solar I Solar Power Plant | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    by expanding it. References http:www.lasvegassun.comnews2009jun11nv-energy-buy-power-searchlight-solar-plant Retrieved from "http:en.openei.orgw...

  7. High power microwave generator

    DOEpatents

    Minich, Roger W.

    1988-01-01

    A device (10) for producing high-powered and coherent microwaves is described. The device comprises an evacuated, cylindrical, and hollow real cathode (20) that is driven to inwardly field emit relativistic electrons. The electrons pass through an internally disposed cylindrical and substantially electron-transparent cylindrical anode (24), proceed toward a cylindrical electron collector electrode (26), and form a cylindrical virtual cathode (32). Microwaves are produced by spatial and temporal oscillations of the cylindrical virtual cathode (32), and by electrons that reflex back and forth between the cylindrical virtual cathode (32) and the cylindrical real cathode (20).

  8. Solar Powering America Home | Department of Energy

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    Solar Powering America banner U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development U.S. Department of Agriculture U.S. Environmental Protection Agency U.S. Department of Energy Solar ...

  9. Solar Power In China | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Solar Power In China Jump to: navigation, search This article is a stub. You can help OpenEI by expanding it. Working on ask query to display all Chinese solar companies TODO:...

  10. solar power | National Nuclear Security Administration

    National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)

    power Lab employees, officials, business leaders dedicate Livermore Solar Center Employees and leaders from the government and private industry - and several invited guests - came together last month to dedicate the Lawrence Livermore Solar Center. The solar array occupies 10 acres in the northwest corner of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL)... NNSA labs continue to lead national solar power evaluation effort NNSA's laboratories have unique capabilities in modeling, simulation,

  11. 2008 News | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    8 News Below are news stories related to Concentrating Solar Power. RSS Learn about RSS. November 13, 2008 NREL and Private Industry Begin Nationwide Solar Measuring Network The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and IBERDROLA RENEWABLES have jointly deployed the first of several solar resource measuring stations as part of a planned instrumentation network throughout the United States. September 19, 2008 DOE to Invest $35 Million in Concentrating Solar Power

  12. Data and Tools | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Data and Tools The following data and tools with respect to concentrating solar power (CSP) include databases, maps, and tools produced almost exclusively by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Data SolarPACES Database of CSP Projects Around the World NREL, in conjunction with the Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems (SolarPACES), maintains a database of CSP projects around the world with plants that are either operational, under construction, or under development. CSP

  13. Distributed Solar Power Ltd Di S P | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Solar Power Ltd Di S P Jump to: navigation, search Name: Distributed Solar Power Ltd (Di.S.P) Place: Yokneam, Israel Zip: 20692 Sector: Solar Product: Distributed Solar Power...

  14. Investigating the Correlation Between Wind and Solar Power Forecast Errors in the Western Interconnection: Preprint

    SciTech Connect

    Zhang, J.; Hodge, B. M.; Florita, A.

    2013-05-01

    Wind and solar power generations differ from conventional energy generation because of the variable and uncertain nature of their power output. This variability and uncertainty can have significant impacts on grid operations. Thus, short-term forecasting of wind and solar generation is uniquely helpful for power system operations to balance supply and demand in an electricity system. This paper investigates the correlation between wind and solar power forecasting errors.

  15. 2007 News | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    7 News Below are news stories related to Concentrating Solar Power. RSS Learn about RSS. December 7, 2007 Southwestern Energy Service Providers Work Together to Get Large-Scale Solar Project Built A multi-state consortium of southwestern energy service providers is issusing a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a utility-scale concentrating solar power plant. The plant would be owned by a third party, with consortium members each signing long-term purchase power agreements. The plant, with size,

  16. Improved Solar Power Plant Efficiency: Low Cost Solar Irradiance Sensor -

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Energy Innovation Portal Solar Photovoltaic Solar Photovoltaic Industrial Technologies Industrial Technologies Electricity Transmission Electricity Transmission Find More Like This Return to Search Improved Solar Power Plant Efficiency: Low Cost Solar Irradiance Sensor University of Colorado Contact CU About This Technology Publications: PDF Document Publication CU3117D (Irradiance Sensor) Marketing Summary.pdf (149 KB) Technology Marketing Summary A University of Colorado research group led

  17. Accurate Solar Power | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Menlo Park, California Zip: 94025 Product: US manufacturer of microinverters and smart grid applications. References: Accurate Solar Power1 This article is a stub. You can...

  18. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Southwest Concentrating...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    of deployment, combined with research and development to reduce technology component costs, could help reduce concentrating solar power electricity costs to 0.07kilowatt-hour. ...

  19. Concentrating solar power | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Concentrating solar power (CSP) offers a utility-scale, firm, dispatchable renewable energy option that can help meet our nation's demand for electricity. CSP plants produce...

  20. Research Staff | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    ... departments, such as Human Resources, Information ... Robert helps to develop low-cost, high-performance, ... Power Tower layout and optimization tool called SolarPILOT ...

  1. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Research Expertise

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    ... Exploration of advanced components and technologies also provide a means for expanding ... Printable Version Concentrating Solar Power Research Home Projects Research Staff Working ...

  2. Concentrating Solar Power Projects by Status | Concentrating...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Status In this section, you can select concentrating solar power (CSP) projects under one of five categories: operational, under construction, under development, request for offer ...

  3. 2012 News | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    2 News Below are news stories related to Concentrating Solar Power. RSS Learn about RSS. November 30, 2012 NREL Analysis Calculates Value of Thermal Energy Storage for ...

  4. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Projects

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    in its CSP deployment efforts in the following areas: Collectors Receivers Power block Thermal energy storage Analysis. NREL received funding from DOE for concentrating solar...

  5. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Webmaster

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Your email address: Your message: Send Message Printable Version Concentrating Solar Power Research Home Projects Research Staff Working with Us Data & Resources Publications...

  6. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Technology Basics

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Technology Basics Concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies can be a major contributor to our nation's future need for new, clean sources of energy, particularly in the Western...

  7. Materials Science | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Materials Science National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researchers develop and support others in developing materials for use in concentrating solar power (CSP). These ...

  8. OpenEI Community - Concentrated Solar Power

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    groupbig-clean-data" target"blank">read more

    Big Data Concentrated Solar Power DataAnalysis energy efficiency energy storage expert systems machine learning...

  9. Concentrated Solar Power | OpenEI Community

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    and Energy Efficiency. Links: Big Clean Data group on linkedin Big Data Concentrated Solar Power DataAnalysis energy efficiency energy storage expert systems machine learning...

  10. SunShot Summit: Concentrating Solar Power

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    This video on concentrating solar power was shown during the DOE SunShot Grand Challenge: Summit and Technology Forum, June 13-14, 2012, in Denver, Colorado.

  11. Solar Power Industries SPI | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Pennsylvania Zip: 15012 Product: US-based manufacturer of mono and multicrystalline PV cells, modules and systems. References: Solar Power Industries (SPI)1 This article is a...

  12. Concentrating Solar Power Tower System Basics | Department of...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Tower System Basics Concentrating Solar Power Tower System Basics August 20, 2013 - 5:06pm Addthis In power tower concentrating solar power systems, numerous large, flat, ...

  13. Solar-powered unmanned aerial vehicles

    SciTech Connect

    Reinhardt, K.C.; Lamp, T.R.; Geis, J.W.; Colozza, A.J.

    1996-12-31

    An analysis was performed to determine the impact of various power system components and mission requirements on the size of solar-powered high altitude long endurance (HALE)-type aircraft. The HALE unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has good potential for use in many military and civil applications. The primary power system components considered in this study were photovoltaic (PV) modules for power generation and regenerative fuel cells for energy storage. The impact of relevant component performance on UAV size and capability were considered; including PV module efficiency and mass, power electronics efficiency, and fuel cell specific energy. Mission parameters such as time of year, flight altitude, flight latitude, and payload mass and power were also varied to determine impact on UAV size. The aircraft analysis method used determines the required aircraft wing aspect ratio, wing area, and total mass based on maximum endurance or minimum required power calculations. The results indicate that the capacity of the energy storage system employed, fuel cells in this analysis, greatly impacts aircraft size, whereas the impact of PV module efficiency and mass is much less important. It was concluded that an energy storage specific energy (total system) of 250--500 Whr/kg is required to enable most useful missions, and that PV cells with efficiencies greater than {approximately} 12% are suitable for use.

  14. Concentrating Solar Power Projects - Power Tower Projects | Concentrat...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    The receiver at the top of the tower is glowing. Stretched-membrane heliostats with silvered polymer reflectors surround the Solar Two power tower in Daggett, California. Credit: ...

  15. Concentrating Solar Power Program Technology Overview (Fact Sheet)

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    2001-04-01

    Concentrating solar power systems use the heat from the sun's rays to generate electricity. Reflective surfaces concentrate the sun's rays up to 10,000 times to heat a receiver filled with a heat-exchange fluid, such as oil. The heated fluid is then used to generate electricity in a steam turbine or heat engine. Mechanical drives slowly turn the reflective surfaces during the day to keep the solar radiation focused on the receiver.

  16. Union Training Future Electricians in Solar Power

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Electricians in Indiana believe solar power is the future, and they are preparing for it. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 725 (IBEW 725) in Terre Haute, Ind., purchased 60 solar panels and plans to train its members in solar installation.

  17. Metrics for Evaluating the Accuracy of Solar Power Forecasting: Preprint

    SciTech Connect

    Zhang, J.; Hodge, B. M.; Florita, A.; Lu, S.; Hamann, H. F.; Banunarayanan, V.

    2013-10-01

    Forecasting solar energy generation is a challenging task due to the variety of solar power systems and weather regimes encountered. Forecast inaccuracies can result in substantial economic losses and power system reliability issues. This paper presents a suite of generally applicable and value-based metrics for solar forecasting for a comprehensive set of scenarios (i.e., different time horizons, geographic locations, applications, etc.). In addition, a comprehensive framework is developed to analyze the sensitivity of the proposed metrics to three types of solar forecasting improvements using a design of experiments methodology, in conjunction with response surface and sensitivity analysis methods. The results show that the developed metrics can efficiently evaluate the quality of solar forecasts, and assess the economic and reliability impact of improved solar forecasting.

  18. Stillwater Hybrid Geo-Solar Power Plant Optimization Analyses

    SciTech Connect

    Wendt, Daniel S.; Mines, Gregory L.; Turchi, Craig S.; Zhu, Guangdong; Cohan, Sander; Angelini, Lorenzo; Bizzarri, Fabrizio; Consoli, Daniele; De Marzo, Alessio

    2015-09-02

    The Stillwater Power Plant is the first hybrid plant in the world able to bring together a medium-enthalpy geothermal unit with solar thermal and solar photovoltaic systems. Solar field and power plant models have been developed to predict the performance of the Stillwater geothermal / solar-thermal hybrid power plant. The models have been validated using operational data from the Stillwater plant. A preliminary effort to optimize performance of the Stillwater hybrid plant using optical characterization of the solar field has been completed. The Stillwater solar field optical characterization involved measurement of mirror reflectance, mirror slope error, and receiver position error. The measurements indicate that the solar field may generate 9% less energy than the design value if an appropriate tracking offset is not employed. A perfect tracking offset algorithm may be able to boost the solar field performance by about 15%. The validated Stillwater hybrid plant models were used to evaluate hybrid plant operating strategies including turbine IGV position optimization, ACC fan speed and turbine IGV position optimization, turbine inlet entropy control using optimization of multiple process variables, and mixed working fluid substitution. The hybrid plant models predict that each of these operating strategies could increase net power generation relative to the baseline Stillwater hybrid plant operations.

  19. Linear Concentrator System Basics for Concentrating Solar Power

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Linear concentrating solar power (CSP) collectors capture the sun's energy with large mirrors that reflect and focus the sunlight onto a linear receiver tube. The receiver contains a fluid that is heated by the sunlight and then used to heat a traditional power cycle that spins a turbine that drives a generator to produce electricity.

  20. ADVANCED REFLECTIVE FILMS AND PANELS FOR NEXT GENERATION SOLAR...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    ADVANCED REFLECTIVE FILMS AND PANELS FOR NEXT GENERATION SOLAR COLLECTORS ADVANCED REFLECTIVE FILMS AND PANELS FOR NEXT GENERATION SOLAR COLLECTORS This presentation was delivered ...

  1. Systems for Solar Fuels Generation Utilizing PV and Electrolysis...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Systems for Solar Fuels Generation Utilizing PV and Electrolysis Workshop (Newark, Delaware) Systems for Solar Fuels Generation Utilizing PV and Electrolysis Workshop (Newark, ...

  2. PV/thermal solar power assembly

    DOEpatents

    Ansley, Jeffrey H.; Botkin, Jonathan D.; Dinwoodie, Thomas L.

    2004-01-13

    A flexible solar power assembly (2) includes a flexible photovoltaic device (16) attached to a flexible thermal solar collector (4). The solar power assembly can be rolled up for transport and then unrolled for installation on a surface, such as the roof (20, 25) or side wall of a building or other structure, by use of adhesive and/or other types of fasteners (23).

  3. Pasadena Water and Power- Solar Power Installation Rebate

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Pasadena Water & Power (PWP) offers its electric customers a rebate for photovoltaic (PV) installations, with a goal of helping to fund the installation of 14 megawatts (MW) of solar power by...

  4. Solid state pulsed power generator

    SciTech Connect

    Tao, Fengfeng; Saddoughi, Seyed Gholamali; Herbon, John Thomas

    2014-02-11

    A power generator includes one or more full bridge inverter modules coupled to a semiconductor opening switch (SOS) through an inductive resonant branch. Each module includes a plurality of switches that are switched in a fashion causing the one or more full bridge inverter modules to drive the semiconductor opening switch SOS through the resonant circuit to generate pulses to a load connected in parallel with the SOS.

  5. Impact of Improved Solar Forecasts on Bulk Power System Operations in ISO-NE: Preprint

    SciTech Connect

    Brancucci Martinez-Anido, C.; Florita, A.; Hodge, B. M.

    2014-09-01

    The diurnal nature of solar power is made uncertain by variable cloud cover and the influence of atmospheric conditions on irradiance scattering processes. Its forecasting has become increasingly important to the unit commitment and dispatch process for efficient scheduling of generators in power system operations. This study examines the value of improved solar power forecasting for the Independent System Operator-New England system. The results show how 25% solar power penetration reduces net electricity generation costs by 22.9%.

  6. Sunset Reservoir Solar Power Plant | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Reservoir Solar Power Plant Facility Sunset Reservoir Sector Solar Facility Type Photovoltaic Developer Recurrent Energy Location San Francisco, California Coordinates...

  7. Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited MAHAGENCO...

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    search Name: Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (MAHAGENCO) Place: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India Zip: 400051 Product: Power generating firm planning to set up a...

  8. Siemens Power Generation | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Siemens Power Generation Jump to: navigation, search Name: Siemens Power Generation Place: Erlangen, Bavaria, Germany Zip: 91058 Product: Erlangen-based subsidiary of Siemens AG...

  9. hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered generator

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered generator - Sandia Energy Energy Search Icon Sandia Home ... SunShot Grand Challenge: Regional Test Centers hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered generator Home...

  10. EIS-0449: Solar Millennium Blythe Solar Power Project in Riverside County,

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    CA | Department of Energy 9: Solar Millennium Blythe Solar Power Project in Riverside County, CA EIS-0449: Solar Millennium Blythe Solar Power Project in Riverside County, CA December 10, 2010 EIS-0449: Notice of Adoption of the Final Environmental Impact Statement Blythe Solar Power Project December 10, 2010 EIS-0449: Final Environmental Impact Statement Blythe Solar Power Project

  11. Concentrating Solar Power - Fact Sheet

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    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 ...

  12. Emcore/SunPeak Solar Power Plant | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Solar Power Plant Facility EmcoreSunPeak Sector Solar Facility Type Concentrating Photovoltaic Developer SunPeak Solar Location Albuquerque, New Mexico Coordinates 35.0844909,...

  13. Cimarron I Solar Power Plant | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Name Cimarron I Solar Power Plant Facility Cimarron I Sector Solar Facility Type Photovoltaic Developer First Solar Location Colfax County, New Mexico Coordinates 36.5799757,...

  14. Desert Sunlight Solar Power Plant | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Sunlight Solar Power Plant Facility Desert Sunlight Sector Solar Facility Type Photovoltaic Developer First Solar Location Desert Center, California Coordinates 33.7541038,...

  15. McKenzie Solar Power Facility | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Solar Power Facility Facility McKenzie Solar Plant Sector Solar Facility Type Photovoltaic Facility Status In Service Owner Recurrent Energy Developer Recurrent Energy Energy...

  16. SEPCO - Solar Electric Power Company | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Place: Stuart, Florida Zip: 34994 Sector: Solar Product: Commercial Solar Lighting & Off Grid Solar Power Systems Year Founded: 1994 Phone Number: 772-220-6615 Website:...

  17. Mulk Renewable Energy Aditya Solar Power Industries JV | Open...

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Arab Emirates Sector: Solar Product: UAE-based company that is developing a 200MW solar thermal plant in Sharjah. References: Mulk Renewable Energy & Aditya Solar Power...

  18. Don Ana Sun Tower Solar Power Plant | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Don Ana Sun Tower Sector Solar Facility Type Concentrating Solar Power Developer NRG EnergyeSolar Location Dona Ana County, New Mexico Coordinates 32.485767,...

  19. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Data and Resources

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Data and Resources For concentrating solar power technologies, NREL features the following online solar radiation resource data and solar resource maps, as well as data for ...

  20. Leshan Xintianyuan Solar Power Co Ltd | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Leshan Xintianyuan Solar Power Co Ltd Place: Leshan, Sichuan Province, China Sector: Solar Product: Producer for wafer, PV cell, modules and related solar PV system....

  1. Power House Solar and Wind | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Solar and Wind Jump to: navigation, search Name: Power House Solar and Wind Address: 1504 Woodlawn Ave Place: Canon City, Colorado Zip: 81212 Region: Rockies Area Sector: Solar...

  2. Solar thermal power systems. Summary report

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1980-06-01

    The work accomplished by the Aerospace Corporation from April 1973 through November 1979 in the mission analysis of solar thermal power systems is summarized. Sponsorship of this effort was initiated by the National Science Foundation, continued by the Energy Research and Development Administration, and most recently directed by the United States Department of Energy, Division of Solar Thermal Systems. Major findings and conclusions are sumarized for large power systems, small power systems, solar total energy systems, and solar irrigation systems, as well as special studies in the areas of energy storage, industrial process heat, and solar fuels and chemicals. The various data bases and computer programs utilized in these studies are described, and tables are provided listing financial and solar cost assumptions for each study. An extensive bibliography is included to facilitate review of specific study results and methodology.

  3. The Impact of Improved Solar Forecasts on Bulk Power System Operations...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    120 140 Generation (TWh) Imports Nuclear Coal Gas Oil Biomass Hydro Pumped H. Wind Solar ... Costs + Start-Up and Shutdown Costs + Import Costs - Export Revenues 8 Solar Power ...

  4. EA-1683: Abengoa Solar's Solana Concentrating Solar Power Facility...

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    May 3, 2010 EA-1683: Final Environmental Assessment Loan Guarantee to Abengoa Solar Inc. for the Solana Thermal Electric Power Project near Gila Bend, Arizona May 6, 2010 EA-1683: ...

  5. Concentrating Solar Power Facilities and Solar Potential | Department...

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    Concentrating Solar Power Facilities and CSP Energy Potential Gradient Click icons to filter by CSP Plant Type All Plants In Operation New in 2014 In Progress Tower and Heliostat ...

  6. Concentrating Solar Power Newsletter | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Power Newsletter Concentrating Solar Power Newsletter The SunShot concentrating solar power (CSP) newsletter highlights the progress made by the SunShot CSP program and its partners over the past quarter. Update your subscriptions, modify your password or e-mail address, or stop subscriptions at any time on your subscriber preferences page. You will need to use your e-mail address to log in. Stay Updated Sign up for our e-newsletter. Submit your email address below. Subscribe

  7. NV Energy Solar Integration Study: Cycling and Movements of Conventional Generators for Balancing Services

    SciTech Connect

    Diao, Ruisheng; Lu, Shuai; Etingov, Pavel V.; Ma, Jian; Makarov, Yuri V.; Guo, Xinxin

    2011-07-01

    With an increasing penetration level of solar power in the southern Nevada system, the impact of solar on system operations needs to be carefully studied from various perspectives. Qualitatively, it is expected that the balancing requirements to compensate for solar power variability will be larger in magnitude; meanwhile, generators providing load following and regulation services will be moved up or down more frequently. One of the most important tasks is to quantitatively evaluate the cycling and movements of conventional generators with solar power at different penetration levels. This study is focused on developing effective methodologies for this goal and providing a basis for evaluating the wear and tear of the conventional generators

  8. Next Generation Geothermal Power Plants

    SciTech Connect

    Brugman, John; Hattar, Mai; Nichols, Kenneth; Esaki, Yuri

    1995-09-01

    A number of current and prospective power plant concepts were investigated to evaluate their potential to serve as the basis of the next generation geothermal power plant (NGGPP). The NGGPP has been envisaged as a power plant that would be more cost competitive (than current geothermal power plants) with fossil fuel power plants, would efficiently use resources and mitigate the risk of reservoir under-performance, and minimize or eliminate emission of pollutants and consumption of surface and ground water. Power plant concepts were analyzed using resource characteristics at ten different geothermal sites located in the western United States. Concepts were developed into viable power plant processes, capital costs were estimated and levelized busbar costs determined. Thus, the study results should be considered as useful indicators of the commercial viability of the various power plants concepts that were investigated. Broadly, the different power plant concepts that were analyzed in this study fall into the following categories: commercial binary and flash plants, advanced binary plants, advanced flash plants, flash/binary hybrid plants, and fossil/geothed hybrid plants. Commercial binary plants were evaluated using commercial isobutane as a working fluid; both air-cooling and water-cooling were considered. Advanced binary concepts included cycles using synchronous turbine-generators, cycles with metastable expansion, and cycles utilizing mixtures as working fluids. Dual flash steam plants were used as the model for the commercial flash cycle. The following advanced flash concepts were examined: dual flash with rotary separator turbine, dual flash with steam reheater, dual flash with hot water turbine, and subatmospheric flash. Both dual flash and binary cycles were combined with other cycles to develop a number of hybrid cycles: dual flash binary bottoming cycle, dual flash backpressure turbine binary cycle, dual flash gas turbine cycle, and binary gas turbine

  9. High Plains Ranch Solar Power Plant | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Ranch Solar Power Plant Facility High Plains Ranch Sector Solar Facility Type Photovoltaic Developer Sun Power Location Carizzo Plain, California Coordinates 35.1913858,...

  10. SolarPower Restoration Systems Inc | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Solar Product: SolarPower Restoration Systems is pursuing Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) systems and large scale Photovoltaic Power (PV) Array Systems over concrete...

  11. Bruceville Road Solar Power Facility | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Power Facility Facility Bruceville Solar Power Facility Sector Solar Facility Type Photovoltaics Facility Status In Service Developer Recurrent Energy Energy Purchaser Sacramento...

  12. Federal Government Awards Multi-Agency Solar Power Purchase in...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Federal Government Awards Multi-Agency Solar Power Purchase in California, Nevada Federal Government Awards Multi-Agency Solar Power Purchase in California, Nevada December 17, ...

  13. 2014 SunShot Initiative Portfolio Book: Concentrating Solar Power...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Concentrating Solar Power 2014 SunShot Initiative Portfolio Book: Concentrating Solar Power The 2014 SunShot Initiative Portfolio Book outlines the progress towards the goals ...

  14. High-Temperatuer Solar Selective Coating Development for Power...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    High-Temperatuer Solar Selective Coating Development for Power Tower Receivers High-Temperatuer Solar Selective Coating Development for Power Tower Receivers This presentation was ...

  15. SunShot Podcast: Concentrating Solar Power Thermal Storage Part...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Concentrating Solar Power Thermal Storage Part II SunShot Podcast: Concentrating Solar Power Thermal Storage Part II This SunShot Initiative podcast features Ranga Pitchumani of ...

  16. Project Profile: Brayton Solar Power Conversion System | Department...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Solar Power Conversion System Project Profile: Brayton Solar Power Conversion System Brayton Energy logo Brayton Energy, under the CSP R&D FOA, is looking to demonstrate the ...

  17. SunShot Concentrating Solar Power Program | Department of Energy

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    (253.5 KB) More Documents & Publications SunShot Concentrating Solar Power Program SunShot Concentrating Solar Power Program 2014 SunShot Initiative ...

  18. Beijing Four Seasons Solar Power Technology Co Ltd | Open Energy...

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Beijing Four Seasons Solar Power Technology Co Ltd Jump to: navigation, search Name: Beijing Four Seasons Solar Power Technology Co Ltd Place: Beijing, Beijing Municipality, China...

  19. Category:Concentrating Solar Power | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Category Edit History Category:Concentrating Solar Power Jump to: navigation, search This is the Concentrating Solar Power category. This category currently contains no pages or...

  20. Concentrating Solar Power: Best Practices Handbook for the Collection...

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Power: Best Practices Handbook for the Collection and Use of Solar Resource Data Jump to: navigation, search Tool Summary LAUNCH TOOL Name: Concentrating Solar Power: Best...

  1. Stillwater Hybrid Geo-Solar Power Plant Optimization Analyses...

    Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)

    Stillwater Hybrid Geo-Solar Power Plant Optimization Analyses Citation Details In-Document Search Title: Stillwater Hybrid Geo-Solar Power Plant Optimization Analyses The ...

  2. Assessment of Parabolic Trough and Power Tower Solar Technology...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    of Parabolic Trough and Power Tower Solar Technology Cost and Performance Forecasts ... of Parabolic Trough and Power Tower Solar Technology Cost and Performance Forecasts ...

  3. Community Response to Concentrating Solar Power in the San Luis...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    2010 Community Response to Concentrating Solar Power in the San Luis Valley October 9, ... 2010 Community Response to Concentrating Solar Power in the San Luis Valley October 9, ...

  4. Solar Power and the Electric Grid, Energy Analysis (Fact Sheet...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    particularly solar power, and how they will contribute to the future electricity system. ... Utility-scale solar and wind power plants are conceptually similar to conventional ...

  5. THERMOCHEMICAL HEAT STORAGE FOR CONCENTRATED SOLAR POWER (Technical...

    Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)

    THERMOCHEMICAL HEAT STORAGE FOR CONCENTRATED SOLAR POWER Citation Details In-Document Search Title: THERMOCHEMICAL HEAT STORAGE FOR CONCENTRATED SOLAR POWER You are accessing a ...

  6. Mapping suitability areas for concentrated solar power plants...

    Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)

    Mapping suitability areas for concentrated solar power plants using remote sensing data Title: Mapping suitability areas for concentrated solar power plants using remote sensing data ...

  7. NREL: Transmission Grid Integration - Solar Power Data for Integration...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Studies are synthetic solar photovoltaic (PV) power ... are intended for use by energy professionals such as ... Alert The solar power datasets are modeled data, not actual ...

  8. Department of Veterans Affairs, FONSI - Rooftop solar PV power...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Rooftop solar PV power at Calverton National Cemetery Department of Veterans Affairs, FONSI - Rooftop solar PV power at Calverton National Cemetery An Environmental Assessment (EA) ...

  9. Concentrating Solar Power: Concentrating Optics for Lower Levelized...

    Energy Saver

    Concentrating Solar Power: Concentrating Optics for Lower Levelized Energy Costs (CSP: COLLECTS) Concentrating Solar Power: Concentrating Optics for Lower Levelized Energy Costs ...

  10. Solar Powering Your Community: A Guide for Local Governments...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Solar Powering Your Community: A Guide for Local Governments (Book), Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) DOE designed this guide-Solar Powering Your Community: A Guide for ...

  11. Solar Power Ramp Events Detection Using an Optimized Swinging...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    ... Boston, Massachusetts, USA DETC2015-46849 SOLAR POWER RAMP EVENTS DETECTION USING AN ... yzsun@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn ABSTRACT Solar power ramp events (SPREs) significantly ...

  12. Prayag Green Solar Power PGSP | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Prayag Green Solar Power PGSP Jump to: navigation, search Name: Prayag Green Solar Power (PGSP) Place: Uttar Pradesh, India Product: Setting up PV project in Uttar Pradesh....

  13. Concentrating Solar Power SunShot Research and Development | Department of

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Energy SunShot Research and Development Concentrating Solar Power SunShot Research and Development Concentrating Solar Power SunShot Research and Development In June 2012, DOE announced the awardees of the Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) SunShot Research and Development (Program Fact Sheet) funding opportunity as follows (Summary of the projects and funding): 3M: Next-Generation Solar Collectors for CSP Argonne National Laboratory: Chemically Reactive Working Fluids Boston University:

  14. Solar Powering America | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Solar Powering America U.S. Department of Energy U.S. Department of Agriculture U.S. Environmental Protection Agency U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Solar Powering America banner U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development U.S. Department of Agriculture U.S. Environmental Protection Agency U.S. Department of Energy Solar Powering America is an interagency initiative between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Department of

  15. Solar Powering Your Community: A Guide for Local Governments; Solar Energy Technologies Program (SETP) (Fact Sheet)

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    2010-07-01

    DOE/EERE Solar America Cities Fact Sheet - Solar Powering Your Community: A Guide for Local Governments, July 2009.

  16. Concentrating Solar Power Dish Systems

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    In this b-roll, each solar dish in a CSP plant focuses the sun's heat toward a Stirling engine that converts the energy to electricity.

  17. Sandia Energy Concentrating Solar Power

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    feed 0 Sandia's Continuously Recirculating Falling-Particle Receiver Emplaced at Top of Solar Tower http:energy.sandia.govsandias-continuously-recirculating-falling-particle-r...

  18. Magma energy for power generation

    SciTech Connect

    Dunn, J.C.

    1987-01-01

    Thermal energy contained in crustal magma bodies represents a large potential resource for the US and magma generated power could become a viable alternative in the future. Engineering feasibility of the magma energy concept is being investigated as part of the Department of Energy's Geothermal Program. This current project follows a seven-year Magma Energy Research Project where scientific feasibility of the concept was concluded.

  19. NREL Teams with SolarCity to Maximize Solar Power on Electrical...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Teams with SolarCity to Maximize Solar Power on Electrical Grids Both are working together ... issues associated with large amounts of distributed solar energy on electrical grids. ...

  20. SolTrace | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    SolTrace SolTrace is a software tool developed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to model concentrating solar power (CSP) systems and analyze their optical performance. Although ideally suited for solar applications, the code can also be used to model and characterize many general optical systems. The creation of the code evolved out of a need to model more complex solar optical systems than could be modeled with existing tools. More information is available. Background Download

  1. Role of Concentrating Solar Power in Integrating Solar and Wind Energy: Preprint

    SciTech Connect

    Denholm, P.; Mehos, M.

    2015-06-03

    As wind and solar photovoltaics (PV) increase in penetration it is increasingly important to examine enabling technologies that can help integrate these resources at large scale. Concentrating solar power (CSP) when deployed with thermal energy storage (TES) can provide multiple services that can help integrate variable generation (VG) resources such as wind and PV. CSP with TES can provide firm, highly flexible capacity, reducing minimum generation constraints which limit penetration and results in curtailment. By acting as an enabling technology, CSP can complement PV and wind, substantially increasing their penetration in locations with adequate solar resource.

  2. Thermoelectric power generator for variable thermal power source

    SciTech Connect

    Bell, Lon E; Crane, Douglas Todd

    2015-04-14

    Traditional power generation systems using thermoelectric power generators are designed to operate most efficiently for a single operating condition. The present invention provides a power generation system in which the characteristics of the thermoelectrics, the flow of the thermal power, and the operational characteristics of the power generator are monitored and controlled such that higher operation efficiencies and/or higher output powers can be maintained with variably thermal power input. Such a system is particularly beneficial in variable thermal power source systems, such as recovering power from the waste heat generated in the exhaust of combustion engines.

  3. Turning windows into solar generators

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Transitions | Department of Energy Ideas into Impact: The Energy Department's Office of Technology Transitions Turning Ideas into Impact: The Energy Department's Office of Technology Transitions December 8, 2015 - 9:05am Addthis Find out how we connect scientists with innovators and entrepreneurs, like the company who used the National Labs’ supercomputing power to model aerodynamics of long-haul trucks to improve efficiency. | Image by Oak Ridge National Laboratory Find out how we

  4. Solar Power Finance & Investment Summit 2016

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    The Solar Power Finance & Investment Summit will provide an outstanding range of insight and perspectives on how the ITC extension will transform the solar industry. In interactive panels, the industry's leading figures will share their views on the momentous strategic trends that will shape the industry and provide the latest market intelligence on the financing landscape.

  5. Converting solar-photovoltaic power into exportable products

    SciTech Connect

    Oman, H.

    1997-12-31

    Nations, states, and even communities must generate exportable products that earn money for buying needed imports. Exports have ranged from tourist services to hardwood logs. Fertile land, with irrigation water and fertilizer, grows exportable food. On the other hand a hot dry desert with no mineral resources presents a challenge to its occupants. Solar power could be generated and exported, but that requires construction of expensive transmission lines which are in service only when the sun shines. Among new options is a solar-powered plant that recovers zinc from the zinc oxide produced during discharge of zinc-air electric-vehicle batteries. A hectare-size solar-power plant with 30-percent efficient solar cells can in eight hours recover enough zinc to power 36,000 /km (22,000 miles) of travel in lightweight 4-passenger electric vehicles. A by-product could be renewable fuel for use by local residents in electric bicycles. One oriented solar panel, 10 meters by 10 meters in size, with 30-percent efficient solar cells, could in one day deliver enough energy for traveling 14,700 km (9176 miles) on bicycles. This by far exceeds the travel distance that could be obtained in one day by riding on an animal that is pastured on a s0-by-10 meter area.

  6. Solar Powering America | Department of Energy

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    Department of Agriculture U.S. Environmental Protection Agency U.S. Department of Energy Solar Powering America is an interagency initiative between the U.S. Department of Energy ...

  7. Garland Power and Light- Solar Rebate Program

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    A utility bill credit is available to encourage Garland Power and Light (GP&L) customers to install solar photovoltaic panels that meet the minimum requirements of the program. Please check the...

  8. Concentrating Solar Power Projects by Technology | Concentrating...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Technology In this section, you can select a concentrating solar power (CSP) technology from the list below. You can then select a specific project and review a profile covering ...

  9. Lab Characterization | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    houses the parabolic-trough receiver test stand, which researchers use to analyze the steady-state, off-sun thermal losses of receivers used in solar parabolic trough power plants. ...

  10. Advancing Concentrating Solar Power Research (Fact Sheet)

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    2014-02-01

    Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) provide scientific, engineering, and analytical expertise to help advance innovation in concentrating solar power (CSP). This fact sheet summarizes how NREL is advancing CSP research.

  11. Free Consumer Workshops On Solar & Wind Power

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Golden, Colo., Dec. 9, 1997 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will host three free consumer workshops on solar and wind power for the ...

  12. SunShot Concentrating Solar Power Research

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    solar power (CSP) without economic support is estimated to be approximately 0.21kWh. ... and thermal storage-are necessary to achieve the SunShot cost goal of 0.06kWh. ...

  13. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Partnerships

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    in Albuquerque, New Mexico, through SunLab-a partnership developed by the U.S. Department of Energy to administer its concentrating solar power R&D and analysis activities. ...

  14. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Particle Receiver...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Particle Receiver Integrated with a Fluidized Bed-Novel Components to Overcome Existing Barriers Advancing concentrating solar power (CSP) systems to the target cost of 0.06 per...

  15. New Solar Cells to Boost Satellite Power

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    These cells are based on the two-junction, gallium indium phosphide on ... efficiencies and reduced cost for space missions. More power from solar cells means that satellites can ...

  16. Solar breeze power package and saucer ship

    SciTech Connect

    Veazey, S. E.

    1985-11-12

    A solar breeze power package having versatile sail and windmast options useful both on land and sea and especially useful in the saucer ship type design. The Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) of the several Darrieus designs in conjunction with roll-up or permanently mounted solar cells combine in a hybrid or are used separately to provide power to a battery bank or other storage device.

  17. Wyoming Wind Power Project (generation/wind)

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Wind Power > Generation Hydro Power Wind Power Monthly GSP BPA White Book Dry Year Tools Firstgov Wyoming Wind Power Project (Foote Creek Rim I and II) Thumbnail image of wind...

  18. New San Antonio Airport Terminal Generating Clean Power | Department of

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Energy San Antonio Airport Terminal Generating Clean Power New San Antonio Airport Terminal Generating Clean Power January 27, 2011 - 2:03pm Addthis The new photovoltaic system at the San Antonio International Airport. The new photovoltaic system at the San Antonio International Airport. Todd G. Allen Project Officer, Golden Field Office What are the key facts? The City of San Antonio's EECBG proram staff awarded a block grant for a solar photovoltaic (PV) system at the airport, designed and

  19. Concentrating Solar Power Team | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Team Concentrating Solar Power Team Avi Shultz avi-headshot-cropped.jpg Dr. Avi Shultz is the acting program manager for SunShot's Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) team. Dr. Shultz has been with SunShot since 2013, where he started as a policy fellow and was hired as a federal technology manager focusing on thermochemical energy storage, CSP systems and cost analysis, and non-electricity applications of solar thermal process heat. He led the drafting, review, and selection of awards for the

  20. SunShot Concentrating Solar Power Program

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Concentrating Solar Power Program $0.21 $0.03 $0.05 $0.04 $0.09 2010 Cost Reductions $0.07 Solar Field $0.02 Power Block $0.02 Receiver/Heat Transfer $0.04 Thermal Storage $0.01 $0.02 $0.02 6¢/kWh SunShot Target (2020) $0.01 SunShot Goal The DOE SunShot Initiative is a collaborative national endeavor to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of energy, without subsidies, by the end of the decade. Strategy for CSP FOAs Deconstructing $0.06 per kilowatt-hour

  1. Solar Field Powers Historic Garden Holiday Display

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Popular holiday attraction Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania has commissioned an American-made 1.2 megawatt, 10.7-acre solar field as part of a goal to generate three megawatts of renewable energy by 2018.

  2. Historic Virginia Market Powered by Solar Energy | Department...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Historic Virginia Market Powered by Solar Energy Historic Virginia Market Powered by Solar Energy November 3, 2010 - 11:00am Addthis Solar panels at the Community Market Building ...

  3. SunShot Concentrating Solar Power Program Review 2013 | Department...

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    April 23-25, 2013 The SunShot Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Program Review 2013 served ... concentrating solar power plant with thermal energy storage built by Abengoa Solar. ...

  4. Solar Power Tower Design Basis Document, Revision 0

    SciTech Connect

    ZAVOICO,ALEXIS B.

    2001-07-01

    This report contains the design basis for a generic molten-salt solar power tower. A solar power tower uses a field of tracking mirrors (heliostats) that redirect sunlight on to a centrally located receiver mounted on top a tower, which absorbs the concentrated sunlight. Molten nitrate salt, pumped from a tank at ground level, absorbs the sunlight, heating it up to 565 C. The heated salt flows back to ground level into another tank where it is stored, then pumped through a steam generator to produce steam and make electricity. This report establishes a set of criteria upon which the next generation of solar power towers will be designed. The report contains detailed criteria for each of the major systems: Collector System, Receiver System, Thermal Storage System, Steam Generator System, Master Control System, and Electric Heat Tracing System. The Electric Power Generation System and Balance of Plant discussions are limited to interface requirements. This design basis builds on the extensive experience gained from the Solar Two project and includes potential design innovations that will improve reliability and lower technical risk. This design basis document is a living document and contains several areas that require trade-studies and design analysis to fully complete the design basis. Project- and site-specific conditions and requirements will also resolve open To Be Determined issues.

  5. SOLAR POWERING OF HIGH EFFICIENCY ABSORPTION CHILLER

    SciTech Connect

    Randy C. Gee

    2004-11-15

    This is the Final Report for two solar cooling projects under this Cooperative Agreement. The first solar cooling project is a roof-integrated solar cooling and heating system, called the Power Roof{trademark}, which began operation in Raleigh, North Carolina in late July 2002. This system provides 176 kW (50 ton) of solar-driven space cooling using a unique nonimaging concentrating solar collector. The measured performance of the system during its first months of operation is reported here, along with a description of the design and operation of this system. The second solar cooling system, with a 20-ton capacity, is being retrofit to a commercial office building in Charleston, South Carolina but has not yet been completed.

  6. Metrics for Evaluating the Accuracy of Solar Power Forecasting (Presentation)

    SciTech Connect

    Zhang, J.; Hodge, B.; Florita, A.; Lu, S.; Hamann, H.; Banunarayanan, V.

    2013-10-01

    This presentation proposes a suite of metrics for evaluating the performance of solar power forecasting.

  7. MAP: Concentrating Solar Power Across the United States

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Explore our latest map, charting the location of concentrating solar power plants across the country.

  8. Beyond Silicon: Cutting the Costs of Solar Power

    DOE R&D Accomplishments

    Ahlberg, Liz

    2011-04-15

    New method of fabricating semiconductors from gallium arsenide promises more affordable solar power, improved semiconductor devices.

  9. PROJECT PROFILE: Solar Electric Power Association (Solar Market Pathways) |

    Energy Saver

    Dynamics LLC (T2M2) PROJECT PROFILE: Solar Dynamics LLC (T2M2) Funding Opportunity: Technology to Market 2 SunShot Subprogram: Technology to Market Location: Broomfield, CO SunShot Award Amount: $799,981 Awardee Cost Share: $199,995 This project will develop a new kind of concentrating solar power (CSP) system that can be used in place of peaking natural gas power plants. A new molten-salt tower peaker concept is being developed that can provide the same capacity and ancillary benefits and is

  10. Approaches to Future Generation Photovoltaics and Solar Fuels: Quantum Dots, Arrays, and Quantum Dot Solar Cells

    SciTech Connect

    Semonin, O.; Luther, J.; Beard, M.; Johnson, J.; Gao, J.; Nozik, A.

    2012-01-01

    One potential, long-term approach to more efficient and lower cost future generation solar cells for solar electricity and solar fuels is to utilize the unique properties of quantum dots (QDs) to control the relaxation pathways of excited states to enhance multiple exciton generation (MEG). We have studied MEG in close-packed PbSe QD arrays where the QDs are electronically coupled in the films and thus exhibit good transport while still maintaining quantization and MEG. We have developed simple, all-inorganic solution-processable QD solar cells that produce large short-circuit photocurrents and power conversion efficiencies above 5% via nanocrystalline p-n junctions. These solar cells show QYs for photocurrent that exceed 100% in the photon energy regions where MEG is possible; the photocurrent MEG QYs as a function of photon energy match those determined via time-resolved spectroscopy Recent analyses of the major effect of MEG combined with solar concentration on the conversion efficiency of solar cells will also be discussed.

  11. Photovoltaics: solar electric power systems

    SciTech Connect

    1980-02-01

    The operation and uses of solar cells and the National Photovoltaic Program are briefly described. Eleven DOE photovoltaic application projects are described including forest lookout towers; Wilcox Memorial Hospital in Hawaii; WBNO daytime AM radio station; Schuchuli Indian Village; Meade, Nebraska, agricultural experiment; Mt. Laguna Air Force Station; public schools and colleges; residential applications; and Sea World of Florida. (WHK)

  12. Natural gas beats coal in power generation

    Annual Energy Outlook

    Natural gas beats coal in power generation The amount of U.S. electricity generated by natural gas is expected to exceed the output from coal-fired power plants this year and in ...

  13. Solar Powered Radioactive Air Monitoring Stations

    SciTech Connect

    Barnett, J. Matthew; Bisping, Lynn E.; Gervais, Todd L.

    2013-10-30

    Environmental monitoring of ambient air for radioactive material is required as stipulated in the PNNL Site radioactive air license. Sampling ambient air at identified preferred locations could not be initially accomplished because utilities were not readily available. Therefore, solar powered environmental monitoring systems were considered as a possible option. PNNL purchased two 24-V DC solar powered environmental monitoring systems which consisted of solar panels, battery banks, and sampling units. During an approximate four month performance evaluation period, the solar stations operated satisfactorily at an on-site test location. They were subsequently relocated to their preferred locations in June 2012 where they continue to function adequately under the conditions found in Richland, Washington.

  14. Sustainable Heat Power Europe GmbH formerly Solar Heat Power...

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    involved in the project development, design and construction of solar thermal, PV and biogas power plants. References: Sustainable Heat & Power Europe GmbH (formerly Solar Heat &...

  15. Power Generation for River and Tidal Generators

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    ... Note that this DC-DC converter will be able to compensate for the voltage drop (and reduce the copper loss along the feeder line) from the offshore generator to the substation ...

  16. Solar Power. Policy Overview and Good Practices

    SciTech Connect

    Cox, Sadie; Walters, Terri; Esterly, Sean; Booth, Sarah

    2015-05-01

    As global electricity demand increases, governments are designing and implementing policies to scale up and catalyze renewable energy, which now meets 22% of global electricity demand (REN21 2014). Solar technologies are a critical component of this expanded deployment, and they have experienced unprecedented growth in recent years. As presented in Figure 1, solar prices have decreased significantly over the last decade (REN21 2014) and in 2013, new capacity installation of solar electricity from photovoltaics (PV) 1 surpassed all other renewable energy technologies worldwide—excluding hydropower—with 39 gigawatts installed that year. Concentrating solar thermal power,2 although it still represents a fairly nascent market, also continues to expand as installed capacity increased by 36% in 2013 compared to 2012. In addition to meeting energy demand in an increasingly cost-effective manner, solar deployment can also support critical economic, social, and environmental development goals (Flavin and Hull Aeck, n.d.).

  17. Work with Us | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Work with Us The interaction of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) with industrial, university, and government partners is the key to moving advanced concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies into the marketplace and the U.S. economy. We provide opportunities to use our facilities, develop technology partnerships, and license our technology. On the NREL campus, South Table Mountain (upper right) provides testing with the High-Flux Solar Furnace and the Outdoor Optical Efficiency

  18. Excise Tax Exemption for Solar or Wind Powered Systems

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Massachusetts law exempts any "solar or wind powered climatic control unit and any solar or wind powered water heating unit or any other type unit or system powered thereby," that qualifies for the...

  19. Minnesota Power- SolarSense Solar Rebate Program

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    Minnesota Power offers a rebate of $750 per kilowatt (kW) DC for grid-connected solar-electric (PV) systems, with a bonus incentive of $250 per kW if the system is installed by a North American...

  20. Solar

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Stationary Power Energy Conversion Efficiency Solar Energy Wind Energy Water Power ... Sciences Applications National Solar Thermal Test Facility Nuclear Energy ...

  1. Breakout Session: Solar as a Base Load Power Source | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    as a Base Load Power Source Breakout Session: Solar as a Base Load Power Source May 21, 2014 2:45PM to 3:45PM PDT Huntington Does solar have a future as a base load electricity source? This session explores a vision in which solar power plants can provide dispatchability, predictability, and reliability comparable to conventional generation, while offering affordable electricity for consumers. Panelists will address the possible configuration, components, and performance characteristics of such

  2. CalRENEW-1 Solar Power Plant | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Name CalRENEW-1 Solar Power Plant Facility CalRENEW-1 Sector Solar Facility Type Photovoltaic Developer Cleantech America Location Fresno County, California Coordinates...

  3. Nellis AFB Solar Power Plant | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Name Nellis AFB Solar Power Plant Facility Nellis AFB Sector Solar Facility Type Photovoltaic Developer Fotowatio Renewable Ventures Location Clark County, Nevada Coordinates...

  4. Dillard Road Solar Power Facility | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Facility Facility Dillard Road Solar Power Facility Sector Solar Facility Type Photovoltaics Facility Status In Service Developer Recurrent Energy Energy Purchaser Sacramento...

  5. Testing at NREL Aids Solar Power in Hawaii - News Releases |...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Testing at NREL Aids Solar Power in Hawaii Utility poised to double solar rooftop capacity based on tests of inverter reliability February 12, 2015 Inverter load rejection ...

  6. Solar Power Tower Integrated Layout and Optimization Tool Background...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Solar Power Tower Integrated Layout and Optimization Tool Background SolarPILOT(tm) offers several unique capabilities compared to other software tools. Unlike exclusively ...

  7. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Modeling and Analysis

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    NREL has the following capabilities, which include software development, for modeling and analyzing a variety of concentrating solar power technologies: Solar Resource Maps Optical ...

  8. Concentrating Solar Power: Advanced Projects Offering Low LCOE...

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    Building upon the successful outcomes of the 2012 SunShot Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) ... system of a CSP plant, including solar collectors, receivers and heat transfer ...

  9. Geothermal Risk Reduction via Geothermal/Solar Hybrid Power Plants...

    Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)

    Geothermal Risk Reduction via GeothermalSolar Hybrid Power Plants. Final Report Citation Details In-Document Search Title: Geothermal Risk Reduction via GeothermalSolar Hybrid ...

  10. Solar Power China Corporation Ltd | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Corporation Ltd Jump to: navigation, search Name: Solar Power China Corporation Ltd Place: China Sector: Solar Product: China-focused PV project developer, acting as a joint...

  11. Concentrating Solar Power (Fact Sheet), SunShot Initiative, U...

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) offers a utility-scale, firm, dispatchable renewable energy option that can help meet the nation's goal of making solar energy cost competitive with ...

  12. Next Generation Solar Collectors for CSP

    SciTech Connect

    Molnar, Attila; Charles, Ruth

    2014-07-31

    The intent of “Next Generation Solar Collectors for CSP” program was to develop key technology elements for collectors in Phase 1 (Budget Period 1), design these elements in Phase 2 (Budget Period 2) and to deploy and test the final collector in Phase 3 (Budget Period 3). 3M and DOE mutually agreed to terminate the program at the end of Budget Period 1, primarily due to timeline issues. However, significant advancements were achieved in developing a next generation reflective material and panel that has the potential to significantly improve the efficiency of CSP systems.

  13. Linkages from DOE's Solar Photovoltaic R&D to Commercial Renewable...

    Energy Saver

    Solar Photovoltaic R&D to Commercial Renewable Power Generation from Solar Energy Linkages from DOE's Solar Photovoltaic R&D to Commercial Renewable Power Generation from Solar ...

  14. Value of Concentrating Solar Power and Thermal Energy Storage

    SciTech Connect

    Sioshansi, R.; Denholm, P.

    2010-02-01

    This paper examines the value of concentrating solar power (CSP) and thermal energy storage (TES) in four regions in the southwestern United States. Our analysis shows that TES can increase the value of CSP by allowing more thermal energy from a CSP plant?s solar field to be used, by allowing a CSP plant to accommodate a larger solar field, and by allowing CSP generation to be shifted to hours with higher energy prices. We analyze the sensitivity of CSP value to a number of factors, including the optimization period, price and solar forecasting, ancillary service sales, capacity value and dry cooling of the CSP plant. We also discuss the value of CSP plants and TES net of capital costs.

  15. Concentrating Solar Power Competitive Awards | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Concentrating Solar Power » Concentrating Solar Power Competitive Awards Concentrating Solar Power Competitive Awards The SunShot Initiative supports the development of novel concentrating solar power (CSP) research and development projects that will reduce the levelized cost of energy to $0.06 per kilowatt hour or less without subsidies by the end of the decade. These projects aim to engineer new concepts in the collector, receiver, thermal storage, heat transfer fluids and power cycle

  16. Solar Power Beaming: From Space to Earth

    SciTech Connect

    Rubenchik, A M; Parker, J M; Beach, R J; Yamamoto, R M

    2009-04-14

    Harvesting solar energy in space and power beaming the collected energy to a receiver station on Earth is a very attractive way to help solve mankind's current energy and environmental problems. However, the colossal and expensive 'first step' required in achieving this goal has to-date stifled its initiation. In this paper, we will demonstrate that recent advance advances in laser and optical technology now make it possible to deploy a space-based system capable of delivering 1 MW of energy to a terrestrial receiver station, via a single unmanned commercial launch into Low Earth Orbit (LEO). Figure 1 depicts the overall concept of our solar power beaming system, showing a large solar collector in space, beaming a coherent laser beam to a receiving station on Earth. We will describe all major subsystems and provide technical and economic discussion to support our conclusions.

  17. Solar powered CP system protects gathering lines

    SciTech Connect

    Jones, R.L.

    1983-05-01

    The wholly owned gas transmission subsidiary of Public Service Co. of Colorado has installed 2 solar-powered cathodic protection systems in its Ignacio Gathering System. The system is designed for the level of light available in the winter months when the least amount of sunshine is available. The 6 panel system, voltage regulation, automatic load connection/disconnection, and groundbed are described. Solar panel arrays face true south, are tilted at a 52-degree angle, provide 240 watts and a 26.4 amp peak output to charge batteries of the cathodic protection system for 22 miles of 4 to 10-in. gathering lines. Because solar power systems have no moving parts, require no additional fuel other than sunlight, and cause no pollution or noise, they provide years of virtually maintenance-free reliability and performance.

  18. Concentrating Solar Power Commercial Application Study

    SciTech Connect

    none,

    2009-10-01

    This report has been prepared in response to section 603(b) of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, (Pub. L. No. 110-140), which states that “…the Secretary of Energy shall transmit to Congress a report on the results of a study on methods to reduce the amount of water consumed by concentrating solar power systems.”

  19. Operation of Concentrating Solar Power Plants in the Western Wind and Solar Integration Phase 2 Study

    SciTech Connect

    Denholm, P.; Brinkman, G.; Lew, D.; Hummon, M.

    2014-05-01

    The Western Wind and Solar Integration Study (WWSIS) explores various aspects of the challenges and impacts of integrating large amounts of wind and solar energy into the electric power system of the West. The phase 2 study (WWSIS-2) is one of the first to include dispatchable concentrating solar power (CSP) with thermal energy storage (TES) in multiple scenarios of renewable penetration and mix. As a result, it provides unique insights into CSP plant operation, grid benefits, and how CSP operation and configuration may need to change under scenarios of increased renewable penetration. Examination of the WWSIS-2 results indicates that in all scenarios, CSP plants with TES provides firm system capacity, reducing the net demand and the need for conventional thermal capacity. The plants also reduced demand during periods of short-duration, high ramping requirements that often require use of lower efficiency peaking units. Changes in CSP operation are driven largely by the presence of other solar generation, particularly PV. Use of storage by the CSP plants increases in the higher solar scenarios, with operation of the plant often shifted to later in the day. CSP operation also becomes more variable, including more frequent starts. Finally, CSP output is often very low during the day in scenarios with significant PV, which helps decrease overall renewable curtailment (over-generation). However, the configuration studied is likely not optimal for High Solar Scenario implying further analysis of CSP plant configuration is needed to understand its role in enabling high renewable scenarios in the Western United States.

  20. Project Profile: The Sacramento Municipal Utility District Consumnes Power Plant Solar Augmentation Project

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    -- This project is inactive -- The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), under the Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Heat Integration for Baseload Renewable Energy Development (HIBRED) program, is demonstrating a hybrid CSP solar energy system that takes advantage of an existing electrical generator for its power block and transmission interconnection.

  1. Solar Technology Acceleration Center is Powering Up - News Releases | NREL

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Solar Technology Acceleration Center is Powering Up October 21, 2009 Members of the Solar Technology Acceleration Center (SolarTAC) and supporters convened in Aurora, Colo., today, to mark a milestone in "Powering Up" one of the world's largest solar test and demonstration facilities. Since announcing the initial launch of SolarTAC one year ago, the site infrastructure development has progressed to the point where members can now break ground for their planned solar technology

  2. EA-1784: Fotowatio Nevada Solar, LLC's Apex Solar Power Project in Clark

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    County, NV | Department of Energy 84: Fotowatio Nevada Solar, LLC's Apex Solar Power Project in Clark County, NV EA-1784: Fotowatio Nevada Solar, LLC's Apex Solar Power Project in Clark County, NV July 1, 2010 DOI-BLM-NV-S010-2010-0149-EA: Bureau of Land Management's Final Environmental Assessment Fotowatio Nevada Solar, LLC's APEX Solar Power Project in Clark County, Nevada October 1, 2010 EA-1784: Finding of No Significant Impact Fotowatio Nevada Solar, LLC's APEX Solar Power Project in

  3. President Obama Discusses Solar Power in Nevada | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Discusses Solar Power in Nevada President Obama Discusses Solar Power in Nevada March 22, 2012 - 10:26am Addthis President Barack Obama delivers remarks on energy after a tour of a solar panel field at the Copper Mountain Solar 1 Facility, the largest photovoltaic plant operating in the country with nearly one million solar panels powering 17,000 homes, in Boulder City, Nevada, March 21, 2012. | Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson. President Barack Obama delivers remarks on energy

  4. $60 Million to Fund Projects Advancing Concentrating Solar Power |

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Department of Energy $60 Million to Fund Projects Advancing Concentrating Solar Power $60 Million to Fund Projects Advancing Concentrating Solar Power November 8, 2011 - 10:34am Addthis A 101 video on concentrating solar panel systems. | Courtesy of the Energy Department Jesse Gary Solar Energy Technologies Program On Tuesday, October 25, the Energy Department's SunShot initiative announced a $60 million funding opportunity (FOA) to advance concentrating solar power in the United States. The

  5. Los Alamos to investigate solar dangers to the power grid

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    to investigate solar dangers to the power grid Los Alamos to investigate solar dangers to the power grid The Lab launches a new investigation of how solar events could affect a grid like a long string of Christmas lights-increasingly long and susceptible to a cascade of problems. August 22, 2016 Los Alamos to investigate solar dangers to the power grid Solar storm affects power grid on Earth.CREDIT: Credit: NASA Los Alamos to investigate solar dangers to the power grid Next month Los Alamos

  6. Nanjing Kinve Solar Power Co Ltd | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Kinve Solar Power Co Ltd Jump to: navigation, search Name: Nanjing Kinve Solar-Power Co Ltd Place: Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China Product: A Chinese PV ingot and wafer...

  7. Azur Space Solar Power GmbH | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Space Solar Power GmbH Jump to: navigation, search Name: Azur Space Solar Power GmbH Place: Heilbronn, Baden-Wrttemberg, Germany Zip: 74072 Product: German manufacturer of...

  8. Map of Solar Power Plants/Data | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Map of Solar Power PlantsData < Map of Solar Power Plants Jump to: navigation, search Download a CSV file of the table below: CSV FacilityType Owner Developer EnergyPurchaser...

  9. Simulating the Value of Concentrating Solar Power with Thermal...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Simulating the Value of Concentrating Solar Power with Thermal Energy Storage in a ... DE-AC36-08GO28308 Simulating the Value of Concentrating Solar Power with Thermal Energy ...

  10. Utility-Scale Power Tower Solar Systems: Performance Acceptance...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Utility-Scale Power Tower Solar Systems: Performance Acceptance Test Guidelines David ... DE-AC36-08GO28308 Utility-Scale Power Tower Solar Systems: Performance Acceptance Test ...

  11. Advancing State-of-the-Art Concentrating Solar Power Systems...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Advancing State-of-the-Art Concentrating Solar Power Systems Advancing State-of-the-Art Concentrating Solar Power Systems April 15, 2013 - 12:00am Addthis Brayton Energy's...

  12. Value of Concentrating Solar Power and Thermal Energy Storage

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    NREL-TP-6A2-45833 February 2010 The Value of Concentrating Solar Power and Thermal Energy ... February 2010 The Value of Concentrating Solar Power and Thermal Energy Storage Ramteen ...

  13. Solar-Powered Houses Take Starring Role in Denver's Community...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Solar-Powered Houses Take Starring Role in Denver's Community of Tomorrow Solar-Powered Houses Take Starring Role in Denver's Community of Tomorrow October 5, 2016 - 2:43pm Addthis ...

  14. Concentrating Solar Power Program Review 2013 (Book) (Revised)

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    2013-06-01

    This U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Concentrating Solar Power Program Review Meeting booklet will be provided to attendees at the Concentrating Solar Power Review Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona on April 23-25, 2013.

  15. Concentrating On California Solar Power | Department of Energy

    Energy Saver

    Concentrating On California Solar Power Concentrating On California Solar Power June 14, 2011 - 4:22pm Addthis Ginny Simmons Ginny Simmons Former Managing Editor for Energy.gov, ...

  16. Plasma plume MHD power generator and method

    DOEpatents

    Hammer, James H.

    1993-01-01

    Highly-conducting plasma plumes are ejected across the interplanetary magnetic field from a situs that is moving relative to the solar wind, such as a spacecraft or an astral body, such as the moon, having no magnetosphere that excludes the solar wind. Discrete plasma plumes are generated by plasma guns at the situs extending in opposite directions to one another and at an angle, preferably orthogonal, to the magnetic field direction of the solar wind plasma. The opposed plumes are separately electrically connected to their source by a low impedance connection. The relative movement between the plasma plumes and the solar wind plasma creates a voltage drop across the plumes which is tapped by placing the desired electrical load between the electrical connections of the plumes to their sources. A portion of the energy produced may be used in generating the plasma plumes for sustained operation.

  17. Environmentally Protective Power Generation EPPG | Open Energy...

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    Environmentally Protective Power Generation (EPPG) Place: Tucson, Arizona Sector: Wind energy Product: Seeking financing for a Tower system, about which little has been disclosed,...

  18. Power Generation Market Watch Cell Processing

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Power Generation Market Watch Cell Processing Fab & Facilities Thin Film Materials PV Modules Why perform long-term outdoor tests on PV modules? Among the issues affecting ...

  19. Thermoelectric power generator with intermediate loop

    SciTech Connect

    Bell, Lon E; Crane, Douglas Todd

    2013-05-21

    A thermoelectric power generator is disclosed for use to generate electrical power from heat, typically waste heat. An intermediate heat transfer loop forms a part of the system to permit added control and adjustability in the system. This allows the thermoelectric power generator to more effectively and efficiently generate power in the face of dynamically varying temperatures and heat flux conditions, such as where the heat source is the exhaust of an automobile, or any other heat source with dynamic temperature and heat flux conditions.

  20. Thermoelectric power generator with intermediate loop

    DOEpatents

    Bel,; Lon E.; Crane, Douglas Todd

    2009-10-27

    A thermoelectric power generator is disclosed for use to generate electrical power from heat, typically waste heat. An intermediate heat transfer loop forms a part of the system to permit added control and adjustability in the system. This allows the thermoelectric power generator to more effectively and efficiently generate power in the face of dynamically varying temperatures and heat flux conditions, such as where the heat source is the exhaust of an automobile, or any other heat source with dynamic temperature and heat flux conditions.

  1. FACTSHEET: Next Generation Power Electronics Manufacturing Innovation...

    Energy.gov [DOE] (indexed site)

    a public-private manufacturing innovation institute for next generation power electronics. ... network of up to 45 manufacturing innovation institutes that help make America a ...

  2. Solar Powering America by Recognizing Communities Funding Opportunity

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    DOE's SunShot Initiative is accepting applications for the Solar Powering America by Recognizing Communities funding opportunity.

  3. 2014 SunShot Initiative Concentrating Solar Power Subprogram Overview |

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Department of Energy Concentrating Solar Power Subprogram Overview 2014 SunShot Initiative Concentrating Solar Power Subprogram Overview These slides correspond to a presentation given by SunShot Initiative Concentrating Solar Power Program Manager Dr. Ranga Pitchumani at the 2014 SunShot Grand Challenge Summit and Peer Review in Anaheim, CA. This presentation is an overview of the SunShot Initiative's concentrating solar power (CSP) research portfolio.

  4. National Laboratory Concentrating Solar Power Research and Development |

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Department of Energy National Laboratory Concentrating Solar Power Research and Development National Laboratory Concentrating Solar Power Research and Development This fact sheet describes the current concentrating solar power projects working through the National Laboratory R&D program under the SunShot Initiative. csp_natl_lab_rd_fact_sheet.pdf (199.47 KB) More Documents & Publications National Laboratory Concentrating Solar Power Research and Development Particle Receiver

  5. Powering New Markets: Utility-scale Photovoltaic Solar | Department of

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Energy Powering New Markets: Utility-scale Photovoltaic Solar Powering New Markets: Utility-scale Photovoltaic Solar Powering New Markets: Utility-scale Photovoltaic Solar DOE_LPO_Utility-Scale_PV_Solar_Markets_February2015.pdf (464.52 KB) More Documents & Publications Financing Innovation to Address Global Climate Change POWERING NEW MARKETS: ENERGY STORAGE POISED FOR GROWTH LPO_BROCHURE_CSP LPO Loan Portfolio Financial Performance Report As of September 2014, more than $810 million of

  6. SunShot Concentrating Solar Power Program | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    poster, originally presented at the Concentrating Solar Power program review, summarizes the DOE SunShot Initiative's goals as well as the strategy for CSP funding opportunity announcements. sunshot_csp_poster.pdf (253.5 KB) More Documents & Publications SunShot Concentrating Solar Power Program SunShot Concentrating Solar Power Program 2014 SunShot Initiative Concentrating Solar Power Subprogram Overview

  7. Loranger Power Generation Wind Farm | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Loranger Power Generation Wind Farm Jump to: navigation, search Name Loranger Power Generation Wind Farm Facility Loranger Power Generation Sector Wind energy Facility Type...

  8. Datang Gansu Power Generation Co Ltd | Open Energy Information

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    Gansu Power Generation Co Ltd Jump to: navigation, search Name: Datang Gansu Power Generation Co Ltd Place: Lanzhou, Gansu Province, China Zip: 730050 Product: A power generation...

  9. Photovoltaic power generation system free of bypass diodes (Patent...

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    Photovoltaic power generation system free of bypass diodes Title: Photovoltaic power generation system free of bypass diodes A photovoltaic power generation system that includes a ...

  10. EA-345 New Brunswick Power Generation Corporation | Department...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    New Brunswick Power Generation Corporation EA-345 New Brunswick Power Generation Corporation Order authorizing New Brunswick Power Generation Corporation to export electric energy ...

  11. EA-290 Ontario Power Generation, Inc. | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Ontario Power Generation, Inc. EA-290 Ontario Power Generation, Inc. Order authorizing Ontario Power Generation, Inc. to export electric energy to Canada PDF icon EA-290 Ontario ...

  12. Implementation of optimum solar electricity generating system

    SciTech Connect

    Singh, Balbir Singh Mahinder Karim, Samsul Ariffin A.; Sivapalan, Subarna; Najib, Nurul Syafiqah Mohd; Menon, Pradeep

    2014-10-24

    Under the 10{sup th} Malaysian Plan, the government is expecting the renewable energy to contribute approximately 5.5% to the total electricity generation by the year 2015, which amounts to 98MW. One of the initiatives to ensure that the target is achievable was to establish the Sustainable Energy Development Authority of Malaysia. SEDA is given the authority to administer and manage the implementation of the feed-in tariff (FiT) mechanism which is mandated under the Renewable Energy Act 2011. The move to establish SEDA is commendable and the FiT seems to be attractive but there is a need to create awareness on the implementation of the solar electricity generating system (SEGS). In Malaysia, harnessing technologies related to solar energy resources have great potential for implementation. However, the main issue that plagues the implementation of SEGS is the intermittent nature of this source of energy. The availability of sunlight is during the day time, and there is a need for electrical energy storage system, so that there is electricity available during the night time as well. The meteorological condition such as clouds, haze and pollution affects the SEGS as well. The PV based SEGS is seems to be promising electricity generating system that can contribute towards achieving the 5.5% target and will be able to minimize the negative effects of utilizing fossil fuels for electricity generation on the environment. Malaysia is committed to Kyoto Protocol, which emphasizes on fighting global warming by achieving stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system. In this paper, the technical aspects of the implementation of optimum SEGS is discussed, especially pertaining to the positioning of the PV panels.

  13. Performance prediction of refrigerant-DMF solutions in a single-stage solar-powered absorption refrigeration system at low generating temperatures

    SciTech Connect

    He, L.J.; Tang, L.M.; Chen, G.M.

    2009-11-15

    A theoretical analysis of the coefficient of performance was undertaken to examine the efficiency characteristics of R22 + DMF, R134a + DMF, R32 + DMF as working fluids, respectively, for a single-stage and intermittent absorption refrigerator which allows the use of heat pipe evacuated tubular collectors. The modeling and simulation of the performance considers both solar collector system and the absorption cooling system. The typical meteorological year file containing the weather parameters for Hangzhou is used to simulate the system. The results show that the system is in phase with the weather. In order to increase the reliability of the system, a hot water storage tank is essential. The optimum ratio of storage tank per solar collector area for Hangzhou's climate for a 1.0 kW system is 0.035-0.043L. Considering the relative low pressure and the high coefficient of performance, R134a + DMF mixture presents interesting properties for its application in solar absorption cycles at moderate condensing and absorbing temperatures when the evaporating temperatures in the range from 278 K to 288 K which are highly useful for food preservation and for air-conditioning in rural areas. (author)

  14. A Novel Solar-Fossil Hybrid Power Plant

    SciTech Connect

    Brown, Daryl R.

    2014-01-01

    This is a short article prepared for Power Magazine about our development of a solar-powered steam-methane reformer.

  15. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - News Release Archives

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    1 December 20, 2011 Thermal Energy Storage Included in California Power Purchase Agreements The value of thermal energy storage in concentrating solar power plants has become ...

  16. Hanford Solar Power: Cost Effective and Mobile | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Solar Power: Cost Effective and Mobile Hanford Solar Power: Cost Effective and Mobile February 26, 2014 - 12:00pm Addthis EM’s Richland Operations Office and its contractors found solar power alternatives to building 1.5 kilometers of power lines and 15 to 20 power poles to bring electricity to Hanford’s 618-11 Burial Ground project. EM's Richland Operations Office and its contractors found solar power alternatives to building 1.5 kilometers of power lines and 15 to 20 power poles to

  17. Topaz Solar Farm Solar Power Plant | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    Topaz Solar Farm Sector Solar Facility Type Photovoltaic Developer OptiSolar Location San Luis Obispo County, California Coordinates 35.3102296, -120.4357631 Show Map...

  18. Concentrating Solar Power: Best Practices Handbook for the Collection and Use of Solar Resource Data (CSP)

    SciTech Connect

    Stoffel, T.; Renne, D.; Myers, D.; Wilcox, S.; Sengupta, M.; George, R.; Turchi, C.

    2010-09-01

    As the world looks for low-carbon sources of energy, solar power stands out as the most abundant energy resource. Harnessing this energy is the challenge for this century. Photovoltaics and concentrating solar power (CSP) are two primary forms of electricity generation using sunlight. These use different technologies, collect different fractions of the solar resource, and have different siting and production capabilities. Although PV systems are most often deployed as distributed generation sources, CSP systems favor large, centrally located systems. Accordingly, large CSP systems require a substantial investment, sometimes exceeding $1 billion in construction costs. Before such a project is undertaken, the best possible information about the quality and reliability of the fuel source must be made available. That is, project developers need to have reliable data about the solar resource available at specific locations to predict the daily and annual performance of a proposed CSP plant. Without these data, no financial analysis is possible. This handbook presents detailed information about solar resource data and the resulting data products needed for each stage of the project.

  19. NREL: Learning - Concentrating Solar Power Basics

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Many power plants today use fossil fuels as a heat source to boil water. The steam from the boiling water spins a large turbine, which drives a generator to produce electricity. ...

  20. Improved high temperature solar absorbers for use in Concentrating Solar Power central receiver applications.

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    Stechel, Ellen Beth; Ambrosini, Andrea; Hall, Aaron Christopher; Lambert, Timothy L.; Staiger, Chad Lynn; Bencomo, Marlene

    2010-09-01

    Concentrating solar power (CSP) systems use solar absorbers to convert the heat from sunlight to electric power. Increased operating temperatures are necessary to lower the cost of solar-generated electricity by improving efficiencies and reducing thermal energy storage costs. Durable new materials are needed to cope with operating temperatures >600 C. The current coating technology (Pyromark High Temperature paint) has a solar absorptance in excess of 0.95 but a thermal emittance greater than 0.8, which results in large thermal losses at high temperatures. In addition, because solar receivers operate in air, these coatings have long term stability issues that add to the operating costs of CSP facilities. Ideal absorbers must have high solar absorptance (>0.95) and low thermal emittance (<0.05) in the IR region, be stable in air, and be low-cost and readily manufacturable. We propose to utilize solution-based synthesis techniques to prepare intrinsic absorbers for use in central receiver applications.

  1. Bulk Power Generation and Transmission

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Innovative Opportunities Blue lines: Transmission Grid Red lines: Lines that are congested or at outages - in RealTime Yellow and Red iconsdots: Power plant RealTime production ...

  2. Nx-TEC: Next-Generation Thermionic Solar Energy Conversion

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    This presentation was delivered at the SunShot Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Program Review 2013, held April 23–25, 2013 near Phoenix, Arizona.

  3. ADVANCED REFLECTIVE FILMS AND PANELS FOR NEXT GENERATION SOLAR COLLECTORS

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    This presentation was delivered at the SunShot Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Program Review 2013, held April 23–25, 2013 near Phoenix, Arizona.

  4. Project Profile: Next-Generation Thermionic Solar Energy Conversion...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    high-temperature power cycle for CSP systems that ... conversion technology based on microfabricated and ... When used as a topping cycle in concentrated solar thermal ...

  5. Solar technical assistance provided to Forest City military communities in Hawaii for incorporation of 20-30 MW of solar energy generation to power family housing for US Navy personnel.

    SciTech Connect

    Dominick, Jeff; Merrigan, Tim; Boudra, Will; Miller, Ryan; Cisneros, Gabriela; Rosenthal, Andrew L.; Kuszmaul, Scott S.; Gupta, Vipin P.

    2010-06-01

    In May 2007, Forest City Military Communities won a US Department of Energy Solar America Showcase Award. As part of this award, executives and staff from Forest City Military Communities worked side-by-side with a DOE technical assistance team to overcome technical obstacles encountered by this large-scale real estate developer and manager. This paper describes the solar technical assistance that was provided and the key solar experiences acquired by Forest City Military Communities over an 18 month period.

  6. Land-Use Requirements for Solar Power Plants in the United States

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    GWhyr for CSP towers and CPV installations to 5.5 acresGWhyr for small 2-axis flat panel PV power plants. Across all solar technologies, the total area generation-weighted...

  7. Capacity Value of Concentrating Solar Power Plants

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    Capacity Value of Concentrating Solar Power Plants Seyed Hossein Madaeni and Ramteen Sioshansi Ohio State University Paul Denholm National Renewable Energy Laboratory Technical Report NREL/TP-6A20-51253 June 2011 NREL is a national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, operated by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC. National Renewable Energy Laboratory 1617 Cole Boulevard Golden, Colorado 80401 303-275-3000 * www.nrel.gov Contract

  8. Solar Powering America by Recognizing Communities (SPARC) | Department of

    Energy Saver

    Energy Solar Powering America by Recognizing Communities (SPARC) Solar Powering America by Recognizing Communities (SPARC) The International City/County Management Association The International City/County Management Association Recognizes local governments for their efforts in building stronger solar environments around the country, including an annual awards program and other competitions The Solar Foundation The Solar Foundation Provides technical assistance to communities pursuing the

  9. Use of a Geothermal-Solar Hybrid Power Plant to Mitigate Declines in Geothermal Resource Productivity

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    Dan Wendt; Greg Mines

    2014-09-01

    Many, if not all, geothermal resources are subject to decreasing productivity manifested in the form of decreasing brine temperature, flow rate, or both during the life span of the associated power generation project. The impacts of resource productivity decline on power plant performance can be significant; a reduction in heat input to a power plant not only decreases the thermal energy available for conversion to electrical power, but also adversely impacts the power plant conversion efficiency. The reduction in power generation is directly correlated to a reduction in revenues from power sales. Further, projects with Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) contracts in place may be subject to significant economic penalties if power generation falls below the default level specified. A potential solution to restoring the performance of a power plant operating from a declining productivity geothermal resource involves the use of solar thermal energy to restore the thermal input to the geothermal power plant. There are numerous technical merits associated with a renewable geothermal-solar hybrid plant in which the two heat sources share a common power block. The geo-solar hybrid plant could provide a better match to typical electrical power demand profiles than a stand-alone geothermal plant. The hybrid plant could also eliminate the stand-alone concentrated solar power plant thermal storage requirement for operation during times of low or no solar insolation. This paper identifies hybrid plant configurations and economic conditions for which solar thermal retrofit of a geothermal power plant could improve project economics. The net present value of the concentrated solar thermal retrofit of an air-cooled binary geothermal plant is presented as functions of both solar collector array cost and electricity sales price.

  10. Solar Electric Generating System II finite element analysis

    SciTech Connect

    Dohner, J.L.; Anderson, J.R.

    1994-04-01

    On June 2, 1992, Landers` earthquake struck the Solar Electric Generating System II, located in Daggett, California. The 30 megawatt power station, operated by the Daggett Leasing Corporation (DLC), suffered substantial damage due to structural failures in the solar farm. These failures consisted of the separation of sliding joints supporting a distribution of parabolic glass mirrors. At separation, the mirrors fell to the ground and broke. It was the desire of the DLC and the Solar Thermal Design Assistance Center (STDAC) of Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and to redesign these joints so that, in the event of future quakes, costly breakage will be avoided. To accomplish this task, drawings of collector components were developed by the STDAC, from which a detailed finite element computer model of a solar collector was produced. This nonlinear dynamic model, which consisted of over 8,560 degrees of freedom, underwent model reduction to form a low order nonlinear dynamic model containing only 40 degrees of freedom. This model was then used as a design tool to estimate joint dynamics. Using this design tool, joint configurations were modified, and an acceptable joint redesign determined. The results of this analysis showed that the implementation of metal stops welded to support shafts for the purpose of preventing joint separation is a suitable joint redesign. Moreover, it was found that, for quakes of Landers` magnitude, mirror breakage due to enhanced vibration in the trough assembly is unlikely.

  11. National Laboratory Concentrating Solar Power Research and Development

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Concentrating Solar Power Research and Development Motivation The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched the SunShot Initiative as a collaborative national endeavor to make unsubsidized solar energy cost competitive with other forms of energy on the grid by the end of the decade. Significant cost and performance improvements across all major concentrating solar power (CSP) subsystems-solar fields, power plants, receivers, and thermal storage-are necessary to achieve the SunShot cost goal of

  12. Concentrating Solar Power Thermal Storage System Basics | Department of

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Energy Concentrating Solar Power Thermal Storage System Basics Concentrating Solar Power Thermal Storage System Basics August 21, 2013 - 10:33am Addthis One challenge facing the widespread use of solar energy is reduced or curtailed energy production when the sun sets or is blocked by clouds. Thermal energy storage provides a workable solution to this challenge. In a concentrating solar power (CSP) system, the sun's rays are reflected onto a receiver, which creates heat that is used to

  13. PROJECT PROFILE: Dominion Virginia Power (Solar Market Pathways) |

    Energy Saver

    Department of Energy Dominion Virginia Power (Solar Market Pathways) PROJECT PROFILE: Dominion Virginia Power (Solar Market Pathways) Title: Virginia Solar Pathways Project Dominion logo.png Funding Opportunity: Solar Market Pathways SunShot Subprogram: Soft Costs Location: Richmond, VA Amount Awarded: $2,430,682 Awardee Cost Share: $610,721 Virginia Electric and Power Company is leading a broad-based team that includes representatives from state government, research institutions,

  14. Electric Power Generation Systems | netl.doe.gov

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    Electric Power Generation Systems Coal gasification-based power plants Coal combustion-based power plants Natural gas-fueled power plants Turbines Fuel cells Existing power plants...

  15. Impact of Improved Solar Forecasts on Bulk Power System Operations in ISO-NE (Presentation)

    SciTech Connect

    Brancucci Martinez-Anido, C.; Florita, A.; Hodge, B.M.

    2014-11-01

    The diurnal nature of solar power is made uncertain by variable cloud cover and the influence of atmospheric conditions on irradiance scattering processes. Its forecasting has become increasingly important to the unit commitment and dispatch process for efficient scheduling of generators in power system operations. This presentation is an overview of a study that examines the value of improved solar forecasts on Bulk Power System Operations.

  16. Solar powered circulation pump development. Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Johnson, A.L.

    1980-09-01

    An iterative design and evaluation process was undertaken to develop a prototype solar powered liquid circulation pump. The first effort was to review the state-of-the-art of liquid piston heat engines. Next a morphological analysis of the original concept was performed. An analysis of the pump performance from a theoretical basis was performed by deriving and solving the equations governing the cycle. The results are documented. An experimental evaluation of the condensing phenomena was performed. The design of the boiler was then undertaken. This effort showed a fundamental physical limitation imposed by the original geometry and the physics of water boiling. In an effort to resolve this problem, a number of alternate configurations were examined, with the result being that the boiler and heat pipe elements of the design were entirely eliminated. In their stead it was assumed that the boiling could be conducted in the solar panel. A number of solar panel designs were examined, and the most appropriate type of solar panel is described in the appendix. A 1/4th scale unit was fabricated and tested. The overall efficiency was approximately 1% at the design point, compared with a theoretical limit of 1.6% for the given operating conditions. The production costs of the full size pump were examined. Finally systems integration aspects were considered and the results presented.

  17. Stochastic Methods for Planning and Operating Power Systems with Large Amounts of Wind and Solar Power: Preprint

    SciTech Connect

    Milligan, M.; Donohoo, P.; O'Malley, M.

    2012-09-01

    Wind and solar generators differ in their generation characteristics than conventional generators. The variable output and imperfect predictability of these generators face a stochastic approach to plan and operate the power system without fundamentally changing the operation and planning problems. This paper overviews stochastic modeling challenges in operations, generation planning, and transmission planning, with references to current industry and academic work. Different stochastic problem formulations, including approximations, are also discussed.

  18. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - News

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    February 24, 2015 NREL Handbook Helps Industry Collect and Interpret Solar Resource Data for Solar Energy Applications Comprehensive handbook is a valuable resource for the solar ...

  19. Funding Opportunity Announcement: Concentrating Solar Power: Advanced Projects Offering Low LCOE Opportunities

    Energy.gov [DOE]

    The SunShot Initiative's Concentrating Solar Power: Advanced Projects Offering Low LCOE Opportunities (CSP: APOLLO) funding opportunity announcement (FOA) seeks transformative projects targeting all components of a concentrating solar power (CSP) plant. Projects should seek to meet the targets set out in the SunShot Vision Study , enabling CSP to become fully cost-competitive with traditional forms of electric power generation. Projects can address challenges in any technical system of the plant, including solar collectors, receivers and heat transfer fluids, thermal energy storage, power cycles, as well as operations and maintenance.

  20. June 2014 Most Viewed Documents for Power Generation And Distribution...

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    And Distribution Seventh Edition Fuel Cell Handbook NETL (2004) 118 Electric power ... Thermal Energy Storage for Concentrating Solar Power Systems Final Report Michael ...

  1. Solar Power Group GmbH formerly Solarmundo | Open Energy Information

    OpenEI (Open Energy Information) [EERE & EIA]

    to: navigation, search Name: Solar Power Group GmbH (formerly Solarmundo) Place: Essen, Germany Zip: 45128 Sector: Solar Product: Developing solar thermal power production plants...

  2. Automatic generation and analysis of solar cell IV curves

    SciTech Connect

    Kraft, Steven M.; Jones, Jason C.

    2014-06-03

    A photovoltaic system includes multiple strings of solar panels and a device presenting a DC load to the strings of solar panels. Output currents of the strings of solar panels may be sensed and provided to a computer that generates current-voltage (IV) curves of the strings of solar panels. Output voltages of the string of solar panels may be sensed at the string or at the device presenting the DC load. The DC load may be varied. Output currents of the strings of solar panels responsive to the variation of the DC load are sensed to generate IV curves of the strings of solar panels. IV curves may be compared and analyzed to evaluate performance of and detect problems with a string of solar panels.

  3. SunLab: Advancing Concentrating Solar Power Technology

    SciTech Connect

    1998-11-24

    Concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies, including parabolic troughs, power towers, and dish/engines, have the potential to provide the world with tens of thousands of megawatts of clean, renewable, cost-competitive power.

  4. Transient Stability of the US Western Interconnection with High Wind and Solar Generation

    SciTech Connect

    Clark, Kara; Miller, Nicholas W.; Shao, Miaolei; Pajic, Slobodan; D'Aquila, Robert

    2015-07-03

    The addition of large amounts of wind and solar generation to bulk power systems that are traditionally subject to operating constraints set by transient limitations is the subject of considerable concern in the industry. The US Western Interconnection (WI) is expected to experience substantial additional growth in both wind and solar generation. These plants will, to some extent, displace large central station thermal generation, both coal and gas-fired, which have traditionally helped maintain stability. This paper reports the results of a study that investigated the transient stability of the WI with high penetrations of wind and solar generation. The main goals of this work were to (1) create a realistic, baseline model of the WI, (2) test selected transient stability events, (3) investigate the impact of large amounts of wind and solar generation, and (4) examine means to improve performance.

  5. The Industrialization of Thermoelectric Power Generation Technology

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Presents module and system requirements for high volume power generation with thermoelectrics such desirable thermoelectric properties, low material toxicity, interface compatibility, cost scalability, raw material availability and module reliability

  6. Concentrating Solar Power (Fact Sheet), SunShot Initiative, U...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (indexed site)

    Solar Power (CSP) offers a utility-scale, firm, dispatchable renewable energy option that can help meet the nation's goal of making solar energy cost competitive with other energy ...

  7. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Parabolic Trough Thermal...

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - all webpages (Extended Search)

    of solar power Help reduce the cost of solar electricity. Parabolic trough technology currently has one thermal energy storage option-a two-tank, indirect, molten-salt system. ...

  8. Solar Power Ramp Events Detection Using an Optimized Swinging Door Algorithm

    SciTech Connect

    Cui, Mingjian; Zhang, Jie; Florita, Anthony; Hodge, Bri-Mathias; Ke, Deping; Sun, Yuanzhang

    2015-08-05

    Solar power ramp events (SPREs) significantly influence the integration of solar power on non-clear days and threaten the reliable and economic operation of power systems. Accurately extracting solar power ramps becomes more important with increasing levels of solar power penetrations in power systems. In this paper, we develop an optimized swinging door algorithm (OpSDA) to enhance the state of the art in SPRE detection. First, the swinging door algorithm (SDA) is utilized to segregate measured solar power generation into consecutive segments in a piecewise linear fashion. Then we use a dynamic programming approach to combine adjacent segments into significant ramps when the decision thresholds are met. In addition, the expected SPREs occurring in clear-sky solar power conditions are removed. Measured solar power data from Tucson Electric Power is used to assess the performance of the proposed methodology. OpSDA is compared to two other ramp detection methods: the SDA and the L1-Ramp Detect with Sliding Window (L1-SW) method. The statistical results show the validity and effectiveness of the proposed method. OpSDA can significantly improve the performance of the SDA, and it can perform as well as or better than L1-SW with substantially less computation time.

  9. Solar Power Ramp Events Detection Using an Optimized Swinging Door Algorithm: Preprint

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    Cui, Mingjian; Zhang, Jie; Florita, Anthony; Hodge, Bri-Mathias; Ke, Deping; Sun, Yuanzhang

    2015-08-07

    Solar power ramp events (SPREs) are those that significantly influence the integration of solar power on non-clear days and threaten the reliable and economic operation of power systems. Accurately extracting solar power ramps becomes more important with increasing levels of solar power penetrations in power systems. In this paper, we develop an optimized swinging door algorithm (OpSDA) to detection. First, the swinging door algorithm (SDA) is utilized to segregate measured solar power generation into consecutive segments in a piecewise linear fashion. Then we use a dynamic programming approach to combine adjacent segments into significant ramps when the decision thresholds are met. In addition, the expected SPREs occurring in clear-sky solar power conditions are removed. Measured solar power data from Tucson Electric Power is used to assess the performance of the proposed methodology. OpSDA is compared to two other ramp detection methods: the SDA and the L1-Ramp Detect with Sliding Window (L1-SW) method. The statistical results show the validity and effectiveness of the proposed method. OpSDA can significantly improve the performance of the SDA, and it can perform as well as or better than L1-SW with substantially less computation time.

  10. Power generation method including membrane separation

    DOEpatents

    Lokhandwala, Kaaeid A.

    2000-01-01

    A method for generating electric power, such as at, or close to, natural gas fields. The method includes conditioning natural gas containing C.sub.3+ hydrocarbons and/or acid gas by means of a membrane separation step. This step creates a leaner, sweeter, drier gas, which is then used as combustion fuel to run a turbine, which is in turn used for power generation.

  11. Chapter 4: Advancing Clean Electric Power Technologies | Solar Power Technology Assessment

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    Dioxide Capture and Storage Fast-spectrum Reactors Geothermal Power High Temperature Reactors Hybrid Nuclear-Renewable Energy Systems Hydropower Light Water Reactors Marine and Hydrokinetic Power Nuclear Fuel Cycles Solar Power Stationary Fuel Cells Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Brayton Cycle Wind Power ENERGY U.S. DEPARTMENT OF Clean Power Quadrennial Technology Review 2015 1 Quadrennial Technology Review 2015 Solar Power Technologies Chapter 4: Technology Assessments Introduction Solar energy

  12. Insights into Consumer Preferences Mirrored in Powerful Solar Software

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    Platforms | Department of Energy Insights into Consumer Preferences Mirrored in Powerful Solar Software Platforms Insights into Consumer Preferences Mirrored in Powerful Solar Software Platforms October 21, 2016 - 12:00pm Addthis SunShot's social sciences research is helping to explore the forces behind solar adoption in the United States. | Photo courtesy of National Renewable Energy Laboratory SunShot's social sciences research is helping to explore the forces behind solar adoption in the

  13. Prediction of global solar irradiance based on time series analysis: Application to solar thermal power plants energy production planning

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    Martin, Luis; Marchante, Ruth; Cony, Marco; Zarzalejo, Luis F.; Polo, Jesus; Navarro, Ana

    2010-10-15

    Due to strong increase of solar power generation, the predictions of incoming solar energy are acquiring more importance. Photovoltaic and solar thermal are the main sources of electricity generation from solar energy. In the case of solar thermal energy plants with storage energy system, its management and operation need reliable predictions of solar irradiance with the same temporal resolution as the temporal capacity of the back-up system. These plants can work like a conventional power plant and compete in the energy stock market avoiding intermittence in electricity production. This work presents a comparisons of statistical models based on time series applied to predict half daily values of global solar irradiance with a temporal horizon of 3 days. Half daily values consist of accumulated hourly global solar irradiance from solar raise to solar noon and from noon until dawn for each day. The dataset of ground solar radiation used belongs to stations of Spanish National Weather Service (AEMet). The models tested are autoregressive, neural networks and fuzzy logic models. Due to the fact that half daily solar irradiance time series is non-stationary, it has been necessary to transform it to two new stationary variables (clearness index and lost component) which are used as input of the predictive models. Improvement in terms of RMSD of the models essayed is compared against the model based on persistence. The validation process shows that all models essayed improve persistence. The best approach to forecast half daily values of solar irradiance is neural network models with lost component as input, except Lerida station where models based on clearness index have less uncertainty because this magnitude has a linear behaviour and it is easier to simulate by models. (author)

  14. Apparatus and method for thermal power generation

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    Cohen, Paul; Redding, Arnold H.

    1978-01-01

    An improved thermal power plant and method of power generation which minimizes thermal stress and chemical impurity buildup in the vaporizing component, particularly beneficial under loss of normal feed fluid and startup conditions. The invention is particularly applicable to a liquid metal fast breeder reactor plant.

  15. THERMOCHEMICAL HEAT STORAGE FOR CONCENTRATED SOLAR POWER

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    PROJECT STAFF

    2011-10-31

    Thermal energy storage (TES) is an integral part of a concentrated solar power (CSP) system. It enables plant operators to generate electricity beyond on sun hours and supply power to the grid to meet peak demand. Current CSP sensible heat storage systems employ molten salts as both the heat transfer fluid and the heat storage media. These systems have an upper operating temperature limit of around 400 C. Future TES systems are expected to operate at temperatures between 600 C to 1000 C for higher thermal efficiencies which should result in lower electricity cost. To meet future operating temperature and electricity cost requirements, a TES concept utilizing thermochemical cycles (TCs) based on multivalent solid oxides was proposed. The system employs a pair of reduction and oxidation (REDOX) reactions to store and release heat. In the storage step, hot air from the solar receiver is used to reduce the oxidation state of an oxide cation, e.g. Fe3+ to Fe2+. Heat energy is thus stored as chemical bonds and the oxide is charged. To discharge the stored energy, the reduced oxide is re-oxidized in air and heat is released. Air is used as both the heat transfer fluid and reactant and no storage of fluid is needed. This project investigated the engineering and economic feasibility of this proposed TES concept. The DOE storage cost and LCOE targets are $15/kWh and $0.09/kWh respectively. Sixteen pure oxide cycles were identified through thermodynamic calculations and literature information. Data showed the kinetics of re-oxidation of the various oxides to be a key barrier to implementing the proposed concept. A down selection was carried out based on operating temperature, materials costs and preliminary laboratory measurements. Cobalt oxide, manganese oxide and barium oxide were selected for developmental studies to improve their REDOX reaction kinetics. A novel approach utilizing mixed oxides to improve the REDOX kinetics of the selected oxides was proposed. It partially

  16. Capacity Value of Concentrating Solar Power Plants

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    Madaeni, S. H.; Sioshansi, R.; Denholm, P.

    2011-06-01

    This study estimates the capacity value of a concentrating solar power (CSP) plant at a variety of locations within the western United States. This is done by optimizing the operation of the CSP plant and by using the effective load carrying capability (ELCC) metric, which is a standard reliability-based capacity value estimation technique. Although the ELCC metric is the most accurate estimation technique, we show that a simpler capacity-factor-based approximation method can closely estimate the ELCC value. Without storage, the capacity value of CSP plants varies widely depending on the year and solar multiple. The average capacity value of plants evaluated ranged from 45%?90% with a solar multiple range of 1.0-1.5. When introducing thermal energy storage (TES), the capacity value of the CSP plant is more difficult to estimate since one must account for energy in storage. We apply a capacity-factor-based technique under two different market settings: an energy-only market and an energy and capacity market. Our results show that adding TES to a CSP plant can increase its capacity value significantly at all of the locations. Adding a single hour of TES significantly increases the capacity value above the no-TES case, and with four hours of storage or more, the average capacity value at all locations exceeds 90%.

  17. Microsoft PowerPoint - DOE Tribal Leader Solar Energy Forum.ppt [Compatibility Mode]

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    Utility-Scale Solar Efforts at SRP Stephen Mellentine Senior Planning Analyst, Resource Planning l i j Salt River Project * Third largest public power tilit i th ti utility in the nation * Over 940,000 electric customers in Phoenix area customers in Phoenix area * 7,400 MW generation portfolio p * Largest water provider in Phoenix area * Delivers nearly 1 million acre- feet annually 2 DOE Tribal Leader Solar Energy Forum Mellentine SRP & Arizona Perspective of Utility Solar SRP & Arizona

  18. Low Cost High Concentration PV Systems for Utility Power Generation Amonix,

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    Inc. | Department of Energy Amonix, Inc. Low Cost High Concentration PV Systems for Utility Power Generation Amonix, Inc. A series of brief fact sheet on various topics including:Low Cost High Concentration PV Systems for Utility Power Generation,High Efficiency Concentrating Photovoltaic Power System,Reaching Grid Parity Using BP Solar Crystalline Silicon Technology, Fully Integrated Building Science Solutions for Residential and Commercial Photovoltaic Energy Generation,A Value Chain

  19. Air-Cooled Condensers for Next Generation Power Plants | Department of

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    Energy Air-Cooled Condensers for Next Generation Power Plants Air-Cooled Condensers for Next Generation Power Plants Power plants presentation by Greg Mines at the 2013 Annual Peer Review in Colorado. aircooledcondensers_peerreview2013.pdf (1.56 MB) More Documents & Publications Hybrid and Advanced Air Cooling Advanced Heat/Mass Exchanger Technology for Geothermal and solar Renewable Energy Systems Air-cooled Condensers in Next-generation Conversion Systems

  20. High School Students Compete in Solar-Powered Bike Race

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    Compete in Solar-Powered Bike Race For more information contact: e:mail: Public Affairs Golden, Colo., April 23, 1998 — Photo opportunity: Media are invited to cover the workshop and solar-powered bicycle race designed to give students hands-on learning experiences with renewable energy technologies. What: The Colorado Solar BikeRayce is a competition for high school students to race solar-powered bikes that they design and build. The event will prepare the teams for the national Solar