Synopses & Reviews
Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Technology represents one of the most advanced renewable energy systems capable of large scale power production. By concentrating direct sunlight using mirrors and/or lenses, much higher operating temperatures are achieved, allowing existing solar technologies to covert energy at much higher efficiencies than usual. CSP includes both Concentrating Solar Thermal (CST) as well as Concentrating Photovoltaic (CPV) systems, which can work in tandem to generate heat and power for electricity production, industrial chemistry, process heat and even combined cooling, heating and power. CSP technology is both responsive and reliable, and is best suited to countries with a high-degree of direct insolation (solar radiation). As a low running cost technology, it would also benefit it would also benefit countries with developing economies. Developments in CSP within the tropics are leading to higher generation levels with lower installation and operating costs, as well as a more consistent power supply through the integration of advanced thermal energy storage systems. This book provides an integrated and comprehensive reference on CSP systems and technology, from the fundamental science to systems design and development to real-world applications. Introductory chapters review the fundamentals of CSP energy conversion, siting criteria and methodology, and the socio-economic and environmental assessment of CSP systems and cover the main designs of CSP systems in detail. The second half reviews the development, optimization and applications of CSP components and materials and concludes by addressing the important topic of solar fuels and industrial solar chemistry.
"This book represents an important contribution to disseminate the knowledge and expertise that its authors have in the field of concentrating solar power (CSP). The diversity of countries, institutions and fields of expertise represented by the contributors to this book, and the quality of their contributions also constitute an example in itself of the rapid but solid expansion that the CSP international community has undergone over recent decades."
-Manuel J. Blanco, Ph.D., Dr. Ing., Chair, SolarPACES Executive Committee
From the Foreword
"The book is a valuable reference reflecting the current state of concentrating solar power technology. ...it is a must as a comprehensive reference to students, researchers and all those involved in the development, installation and operation of solar thermal and other associated plant and components."
Solar Progress magazine
This book provides an integrated and comprehensive reference on concentrating solar power (CSP) systems and technology, from the fundamental science to systems design and development, and on to real-world applications. Initial chapters review the physics of CSP, applicable energy conversion options, siting criteria and methodology, and the economics of CSP systems. The main designs of CSP system are covered in detail, complemented in turn by chapters on materials and component development. The final section reviews CSP applications, from larger scale solar power plants, to systems for industrial heat and power, industrial chemistry and solar fuels.
About the Author
Dr. Keith Lovegrove is part of the Solar Thermal Group in the School of Engineering at Australia International University.
Wes Stein is a scientist at the Energy Technology Division of the Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Introduction
: Introduction to concentrating solar power technology; Fundamental principles of concentrating solar power (CSP) systems; Solar resources for concentrating solar power (CSP) systems; Site selection and feasibility analysis for concentrating solar power (CSP) systems; Socio-economic and environmental assessment of concentrating solar power (CSP) systems
Part 2 Technology approaches and potential: Linear Fresnel reflector (LFR) technology; Parabolic-trough concentrating solar power (CSP) systems; Central tower concentrating solar power (CSP) systems; Parabolic dish concentrating solar power (CSP) systems; Concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) systems and applications; Thermal energy storage systems for concentrating solar power (CSP) plants; Hybridization of concentrating solar power (CSP) with fossil fuel power plants; Integrating a Fresnel solar boiler into an existing coal-fired power plant: A case study; The long-term market potential of concentrating solar power (CSP) systems
Part 3 Optimisation, improvements and applications: Absorber materials for solar thermal receivers in concentrating solar power (CSP) systems; Optimisation of concentrating solar power (CSP) plant designs through integrated techno-economic modeling; Heliostat size optimisation for central receiver solar power plants; Heat flux and temperature measurement technologies for concentrating solar power (CSP); Concentrating solar technologies for industrial process heat and cooling; Solar fuels and industrial solar chemistry