Description

Concentrating solar power (CSP) technology is poised to take its place as one of the major contributors to the future clean energy mix. Using straightforward manufacturing processes, CSP technology capitalises on conventional power generation cycles, whilst cost effectively matching supply and demand though the integration of thermal energy storage. Concentrating solar power technology provides a comprehensive review of this exciting technology, from the fundamental science to systems design, development and applications.

Part one introduces fundamental principles of concentrating solar power systems. Site selection and feasibility analysis are discussed, alongside socio-economic and environmental assessments. Part two focuses on technologies including linear Fresnel reflector technology, parabolic-trough, central tower and parabolic dish concentrating solar power systems, and concentrating photovoltaic systems. Thermal energy storage, hybridization with fossil fuel power plants and the long-term market potential of CSP technology are explored. Part three goes on to discuss optimisation, improvements and applications. Topics discussed include absorber materials for solar thermal receivers, design optimisation through integrated techno-economic modelling, heliostat size optimisation, heat flux and temperature measurement technologies, concentrating solar heating and cooling for industrial processes, and solar fuels and industrial solar chemistry.

With its distinguished editors and international team of expert contributors, Concentrating solar power technology is an essential guide for all those involved or interested in the design, production, development, optimisation and application of CSP technology, including renewable energy engineers and consultants, environmental governmental departments, solar thermal equipment manufacturers, researchers and academics.

Key Features

  • Provides a comprehensive review of concentrating solar power (CSP) technology, from the fundamental science to systems design, development and applications
  • Reviews fundamental principles of concentrating solar power systems, including site selection and feasibility analysis and socio-economic and environmental assessments
  • Provides an overview of technologies such as linear Fresnel reflector technology, parabolic-trough, central tower and parabolic dish concentrating solar power systems, and concentrating photovoltaic systems

Readership

Students, researchers, and all those involved solar thermal and other associated plant and components, from development to operation

Table of Contents

Contributor contact details and author biographies

Woodhead Publishing Series in Energy

Foreword

Part I: Introduction

Chapter 1: Introduction to concentrating solar power (CSP) technology

Abstract:

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Approaches to concentrating solar power (CSP)

1.3 Future growth, cost and value

1.4 Organization of this book

Chapter 2: Fundamental principles of concentrating solar power (CSP) systems

Abstract:

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Concentrating optics

2.3 Limits on concentration

2.4 Focal region flux distributions

2.5 Losses from receivers

2.6 Energy transport and storage

2.7 Power cycles for concentrating solar power (CSP) systems

2.8 Maximizing system efficiency

2.9 Predicting overall system performance

2.10 Economic analysis

2.11 Conclusion

Chapter 3: Solar resources for concentrating solar power (CSP) systems

Abstract:

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Solar radiation characteristics and assessment of solar resources

3.3 Measuring solar irradiance

3.4 Deriving solar resources from satellite data

3.5 Annual cycle of direct normal irradiance (DNI)

3.6 Auxiliary meteorological parameters

3.7 Recommendations for solar resource assessment for concentrating solar power (CSP) plants

3.8 Summary and future trends

Chapter 4: Site selection and feasibility analysis for concentrating solar power (CSP) systems

Abstract:

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Overview of the process of site selection and feasibility analysis

4.3 Main aspects considered during the pre-feasibility and feasibility phases

4.4 Boundary conditions for a concentrating solar power (CSP) project

4.5 Detailed analysis of a qualifying project location

4.6 Summary and future trends

Chapter 5: Socio-econom

Details

No. of pages:
704
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2012
Published:
Imprint:
Woodhead Publishing
Print ISBN:
9781845697693
Electronic ISBN:
9780857096173

About the editors

K Lovegrove

Dr Keith Lovegrove is Head of Solar Thermal for the UK-based renewable energy consulting group, IT Power. Wes Stein is the Manager of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation’s National Solar Energy Centre, Australia.

Reviews

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