WEST CONCORD, Mass. A cost effective solution has finally been developed that solves one of the photovoltaic (PV) industry’s longest running problemsâ€”the sun keeps moving! The sun’s movement across the sky, daily and seasonally, means that ordinary static PV panels only operate at a fraction of their theoretical efficiency. Research has shown that a PV [...]
Gemasolar is the first commercial concentrated solar power plant with central tower receiver and molten salt storage technology.
Southwest Solar Technologies Inc. announced today a new collaboration structured to drive the commercialization of its innovative concentrating photovoltaic (â€œCPVâ€) solar power technology. The Company has signed a Joint Development Agreement with MaxQ Power Conversion LLC, an affiliate of MaxQ Technology LLC of Tempe, Arizona. The Companyâ€™s CPV product combines advanced high efficiency multi-junction solar [...]
BrightSource Energy, Inc., developer of utility-scale solar thermal power plants, announced today that it has signed a series of contracts with Riley Power Inc., a subsidiary of Babcock Power Inc., for three boilers to be operated at its 392-megawatt Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in Californiaâ€™s Mojave Desert. The Ivanpah project will couple Rileyâ€™s solar [...]
Power Tower Technology A field of sun-tracking heliostats reflects solar heat to a thermal receiver mounted atop a central power tower. The focused heat boils water within the thermal receiver and produces steam. The plant pipes the steam from each thermal receiver and aggregates it at the turbine, powering a power generator. The steam then [...]
Precision tracking for maximum capture of solar energy – There is a significant advantage with both solar PV and solar thermal systems to positioning the solar panel such that it is always receiving the maximum amount of solar energy. Ensuring that the incidence rays of the sun are always 90 degrees to the surface of [...]
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne received an award of up to $10.2 million from the Department of Energy to design and develop technologies aimed at significantly lowering electricity costs using a Concentrated Solar Power Tower with Thermal Storage (CSP Power Tower). Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. company. “This award is a key [...]