Trump’s DOE invests $62 million in concentrated solar power

September 15, 2017 by  
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President Donald Trump doesn’t usually mention solar power , unless it’s talk of covering his beloved border wall in solar panels . But his Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced a huge investment in concentrated solar power (CSP). Recently, the solar industry  reached the 2020 SunShot Initiative utility-scale solar cost goal, so the DOE is now looking into new priorities for investment. The DOE recently issued a press release stating they’ll invest up to $82 million in research: $62 million for CSP and $20 million in power electronics technologies, focusing on new technologies now that the average price for utility-scale solar is now six cents per kilowatt-hour. The MIT Technology Review suggested DOE officials think CSP could enhance grid stability more in the long term since CSP plants can store some power as heat, allowing them to keep producing electricity when there’s no sunshine. Related: Dubai to build the world’s biggest concentrated solar power plant But the energy CSP plants generate has been costlier than photovoltaics . And according to the MIT Technology Review, some people are suspicious the DOE may move to weaken support for photovoltaics. The Trump administration’s 2018 budget proposal slashed funding for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by almost 70 percent. That’s the same office that manages the SunShot Initiative. The DOE also announced a $50 million funding opportunity for large-scale pilot fossil fuel projects in late August. But CSP’s ability to store power is a strong advantage. Energy policy researcher David Victor of the University of California, San Diego did say investing in CSP makes sense, telling MIT Technology Review, “My general impression is that we have relatively over-invested in photovoltaics and under-invested in [concentrated solar].” Dan Reicher, executive director at Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, told MIT Technology Review, “[Concentrated solar power] today hasn’t been able to compete with photovoltaics, but there are some promising research areas. Given the climate challenge, we need to put eggs in many, many zero-carbon baskets.” Via MIT Technology Review and the Department of Energy Images via Bureau of Land Management on Flickr and Wikimedia Commons

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South Africans revolutionize small-scale concentrated solar that’s cheaper than diesel

August 24, 2015 by  
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Concentrated solar power , or CSP, is a pretty extraordinary technology; it uses an array of mirrors to focus the sun’s energy onto a central tower, where the heat is then turned into electricity. There are some estimates that CSP could provide a quarter of the world’s electricity needs by 2050. But there’s one major setback: cost. Current CSP projects, such as Ivanpah in California are massive in scale and require expensive materials installed by a large skilled labor force. But a team at one South African university is hoping they can change this with the creation of “plonkable” CSP technology that is cheap and easy to install. Read the rest of South Africans revolutionize small-scale concentrated solar that’s cheaper than diesel

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Khi Solar One: Abengoa Installs South Africa’s First Concentrating Solar Power Tower

September 3, 2013 by  
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As South Africa works to bring 17,800 MW online from renewable sources by 2030, Spanish firm Abengoa is installing two concentrating solar power plants in the Northern Cape that will contribute 150 MW of solar to the region . One of those plants, the Khi Solar One , just reached a major milestone towards its completion, as officials celebrated the installation of the concentrating solar power plant’s (CSP’s) 205-meter-tall superheated steam solar tower. Read the rest of Khi Solar One: Abengoa Installs South Africa’s First Concentrating Solar Power Tower Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “solar energy” , Abengoa , concentrating solar power , green energy , KaXu Solar one , khi solar one , solar tower , solar tower abengoa , solar trough , South Africa , south africa department of energy , superheated solar tower        

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NASA Wants to Beam Microwave Energy to Earth with a Solar Power Plant in Space

September 3, 2013 by  
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When we first heard about the Solar Power Satellite via Arbitrarily Large Phased Array (SPS-ALPHA) – a proposed flower shaped solar power energy collector that beams down concentrated microwave energy back to Earth – it sounded absolutely preposterous. Now in a recent interview with Motherboard , John Mankins, a NASA veteran from Artemis Innovation Management Solutions , divulged some more details on exactly how the world’s first practical orbital solar plant will work when it hopefully launches by 2025. Read the rest of NASA Wants to Beam Microwave Energy to Earth with a Solar Power Plant in Space Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , 2025 , Alderaan , Arecibo Telescope , Death Laser , Death-star , ecology , Energy Cost Saving Tips , Future Tech , In the Future , John Mankins , nasa , photovoltaic , photovoltaic cells , Real-Life Star Wars , science , Solar cells , Solar Energy in Space , solar plants , Solar Power , Solar Power Satellite via Arbitrarily Large PHased Array , SPS-ALPHA , Technology , Ways to Reduce Energy Cost , Weird Science        

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Airlight Concentrating Solar Power Troughs Combine Concrete With Super Light Pneumatic Mirrors

February 13, 2012 by  
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World’s Largest Solar Park to be in South Africa?

October 26, 2010 by  
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Sunny South Africa wouldn’t be a bad place to put a big solar park, and the government there knows it. The South African government is interested in building a 5-gigawatt solar park on land in its Northern Cape and has hired Texas-based Fluor Corporation to make a plan for how to do so. CalFinder Solar reports that the solar park could “serve as a field test for emerging technologies in PV energy, concentrating photovoltaic PV and concentrating solar power, or CSP.” The project is following up on a pre-feasibility study conducted by the Clinton Climate Initiative.

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