24 Jan '12, 4pm

Some Skepticism on Solar Thermal Power's Storage Potential

Earlier this month, New York Times reporter Matt Wald had a piece on the role of energy storage in supporting the expansion of renewable energy . However, his specific focus on solar thermal power generation overlooks the potentially high costs of relying on solar thermal power as well as the potential for distributed “storehousing” of renewable energy. Solar thermal power is generally understood as centralized electricity generation by concentrating solar energy to heat water, make stream and power a turbine to generate electricity. Solar thermal supports heat storage (for an additional cost) that allows the power plant to shift electricity production to other times of day. It’s a technology at the early stages of commercialization, and is generally pursued because the cost of solar thermal storage is low compared to the total capital cost (although the cost of solar elec...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2012/01...

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