Tag: Solar Thermal


The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) announced last week that a solar thermal test plant in Newcastle, Australia was able to generate “supercritical” steam using solar power. Supercritical steam is ultra-pressurized steam that drives some of the most Read more…


Fuel from water? A form of Alchemy? Researchers have been trying for years to find a limitless, environmentally benign source of fuel. Now a University of Colorado Boulder team has developed a radically new technique that uses the power of Read more…


Scientific breakthroughs often follow a collective focus on an issue or problem. When a tipping point is reached, the combination of small solutions across sectors spurs a giant leap forward. Renewable energy development has been a growing focus of international Read more…


DuPont Tate & Lyle BioProducts (DPTL) is a joint venture between DuPont and Tate & Lyle which provides natural and renewably sourced industrial materials. In collaboration with Climalife, DPTL has developed and launched a new line of heat transfer fluids Read more…


U.S.-based BrightSource Energy has shelved its second major solar thermal project this year as the company and Pacific Gas and Electric terminated the utility’s contract to buy power generated by the plant in south-central California. In an email, a BrightSource Read more…


A U.S.-based company that will soon finish construction of one of the world’s largest solar thermal power plants in the Mojave Desert, is now looking to build an even larger plant in Southern California. BrightSource Energy, which is expected to Read more…


We want to get energy from clean energy sources, especially the sun, and if we can make solar power look better, it is possible that solar market acceptance would grow amongst those people who like to combine function and form. Read more…


eSolar is a Burbank, California, solar thermal company that makes solar power plants using flat mirrors, or heliostats, to concentrate sunlight onto a centrally located water tank suspended on a tower. This type of structure is known as “power tower” Read more…


Here’s a good article on a recently completed solar thermal tower (aka concentrated solar power or CSP) in the desert between Las Vegas and Reno, NV. The thing to like about solar thermal, as we’ve often discussed here, is that Read more…


Solar thermal energy technology has taken an important step further with a new collaboration between 3M’s Renewable Energy Division and Gossamer Space Frames. The companies yesterday unveiled a new parabolic trough solar collector technology designed to reduce costs and equipment Read more…


Solar power tends to be big because it covers a large amount of area with its panels. The world’s largest solar thermal power plant (by physical size) is nearly double the size of the original largest in Denmark — is Read more…


I just received this terse question from a reader: “What’s the ROI (return on investment) on solar thermal?” I responded, hoping to prompt more discussion: “That’s an interesting but impossible question to answer. What is the nature of your interest Read more…


The solar thermal market has been showing steady growth, but I predict the U.S. industry is on the path for record growth on par with the solar photovoltaic industry. Let me explain why. Based on the 2010 solar markets trends Read more…


A roof is more than a way of keeping the rain off. Nowadays many people think of a roof as a place to put solar panels to collect all of that free sunshine. The problem is that not all roofs Read more…

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