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2009-10 Seminars


Concentrating Solar Power (CSP)

Dr. Frederick H. Morse
Senior Advisor
Abengoa Solar
Chairman, USP Division
Solar Energy Industries Association

Abstract
Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) is emerging as a major renewable energy resource in the United States and of growing interest in many other countries. This presentation will provide an overview of the important aspects of CSP. The solar resource will be addressed, leading to how the prime solar radiation areas for CSP plants can be identified. Then the family of CSP technologies will be presented and their key operational characteristics highlighted, including thermal energy storage and cooling options. An overview of the current CSP proposed projects will be presented along with some specifics of several Abengoa Solar projects plus an overview of the CSP industry. The factors that influence the cost of electricity generated from CSP plants will be summarized. The presentation will close with a forecast and outlook for CSP.

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