With the advent of technology, a new generation of power plants has emerged. These power plants, with concentrating solar power systems, use the sun as a heat source. There are three main types of concentrating solar power systems: parabolic-trough, dish/engine, and power tower.

Concentrating solar power systems utilizes concentrated solar radiation as a high temperature energy source to produce electrical power and drive chemical reactions. These clean energy technologies are advantageous for Sunbelt applications where direct solar radiation is high. The first commercialized plants have been in operation in California since the mid-1980s, providing the 354 megawatts of the world's lowest-cost solar power.

There are many types of systems being developed for different markets and these vary according to the concentration devices, energy conversion methods, storage options and other design variables. Much attention is centered on the multi-megawatt systems that are appropriate for the on-grid market, complementing the other major solar technology, photovoltaics, most appropriate for smaller, off-grid applications.

Concentrating solar power's relatively low cost and ability to deliver power during periods of peak demand - when and where it’s needed - means that it can be a major contributor to the world’s future needs for distributed sources of energy.

Aruvian's R'search analyzes the Emerging Technology of Concentrated Solar Power. This research report is a comprehensive analytical compilation which analyzes the basics of solar power, the pros and cons of solar power, availability of solar power, and the various uses of solar power. It is very necessary to understand the basics of solar power in order to build on that knowledge and analyze concentrated solar power.

The section on concentrated solar power begins with a historical analysis of concentrated solar power, the conversion of solar heat into electricity (that is, the primary benefit of CSP), the section further analyzes why concentrated solar power is necessary in today’s energy-hungry world. An analysis of the technology behind CSP follows after this. The technologies analyzed in Aruvian’s report include Central Receiver/Solar Tower, Parabolic Troughs, and the Parabolic Dish. Case studies of projects utilizing these technologies are included in the report.

CSP developments in various countries such as Australia, Algeria, Egypt, India, Israel, South Africa, Spain, and the United States among others, are analyzed in the research report. Industry barriers and opportunities also are included.

Aruvian’s report Analyzing the Potential of Concentrated Solar Power analyzes the leading 73 companies involved in this industry. Major industry players such as Q-Cells, Solarwatt, TerraSolar, Unisolar, GT Solar, Coolearth Solar, and many others are analyzed.

Summing up, the report concludes with an analysis of the various projects going on in the industry, which are setting new standards for CSP technology worldwide. Analyzing the Potential of Concentrated Solar Power is a complete analysis of the lucrative technology called Concentrated Solar Power.

Table Of Contents

A. Executive Summary

B. Solar Power
B.1 What is Solar Power?
B.2 Pros and Cons of Solar Power
B.3 Readily Available Solar Power

C. Various Uses of Solar Power
C.1 Daylighting
C.2 Heliostat Power Plants
C.3 Passive Solar Building Design
C.4 Solar Cookers
C.5 Solar Electric Vehicles
C.6 Solar Hot Water Systems
C.7 Solar Photovoltaic Technology
C.8 Solar Power Satellites
C.9 Solar Thermal Energy
C.10 Solar Updraft Tower

D. Introduction to Concentrated Solar Power (CSP)
D.1 Historical Perspective of Concentrating Solar Power
D.2 Theories Behind Solar Thermal Power Conversion
D.3 Conversion of Solar Heat into Electricity
D.4 Requirement for Concentrating Solar Power
D.4.1 Sustaining the Ecosystem
D.4.2 Sustaining the Economics

E. Analyzing the Technology behind CSP
E.1 Technological Overview
E.2 Analysis of Central Receiver or Solar Tower
E.3 Analysis of Parabolic Troughs
E.4 Analysis of Parabolic Dish

F. Analyzing Central Receiver or Solar Tower Systems Technology
F.1 Technological Overview
F.2 Present-day Projects
F.3 Cost Analysis
F.4 Case Studies of Projects Utilizing the Technology

G. Analyzing Parabolic Trough Systems Technology
G.1 Technological Overview
G.2 Present-day Projects
G.3 Cost Analysis
G.4 Case Studies of Projects Utilizing the Technology

H. Analyzing Parabolic Dish Technology
H.1 Technological Overview
H.2 Present-day Projects
H.3 Cost Analysis
H.4 Case Studies of Projects Utilizing the Technology

I. Industry Trends and Economical Analysis

J. Concentrated Solar Power and Impact on the Environment

K. Analyzing the Market for CSP
K.1 Global Market for CSP
K.2 Analyzing the Market for CSP in Algeria
K.3 Analyzing the Market for CSP in Australia
K.4 Analyzing the Market for CSP in Egypt
K.5 Analyzing the Market for CSP in India
K.6 Analyzing the Market for CSP in Iran
K.7 Analyzing the Market for CSP in Israel
K.8 Analyzing the Market for CSP in Italy
K.9 Analyzing the Market for CSP in Jordan
K.10 Analyzing the Market for CSP in Mexico
K.11 Analyzing the Market for CSP in Morocco
K.12 Analyzing the Market for CSP in South Africa
K.13 Analyzing the Market for CSP in Spain
K.14 Analyzing the Market for CSP in United States
K.15 New and Upcoming Power Plants
K.16 Competition in the Industry

L. Analyzing Market Opportunities and Barriers

M. Leading Industry Contributors
Advent Solar
Aleo Solar
American Solar Electric
Amonix
Ascent Solar Technologies
ATERSA
Atlantis Energy
Ausra
AVA Solar
Avancis
BP Solar
BSR Solar Technologies
China Sunergy
Citizenre
Conergy AG
Coolearth Solar
DayStar Technologies
Energy Photovoltaics Inc
ENFRA System SRL
Entech Engineering, Inc
ErSol
E-TON Solar Tech
Evergreen Solar
First Solar, Inc
Free Energy Europe
GE Power
Genertec
Global Solar Energy
Glory Silicon Energy
GT Solar
Helios Technology SRL
HelioVolt
ICP Solar Technologies
International Solar Electric Technology
Isofotón
JA Solar Holdings
Johanna Solar
Konarka Technologies
Kyocera Solar
LDK Solar Co.
Miasole
Moser Baer Photovoltaic
Motech Solar
Nanosolar
Odersun
Phoenix Solar
Photowatt International
PowerLight Corporation
Pyron Solar
Q-Cells
Renewable Energy Corporation
SANYO Electric
Scheuten Solar
Schott Solar
Sharp Solar Energy Systems
Shell Solar
Solarfun Power
Solarion
Solartron Public Company Limited
Solarwatt
SolarWorld
Solel Solar Systems
Solyndra
Spectrolab
Spire Corporation
Stirling Energy Systems
Sun Power Corporation
Sundance Solar Products
SunEdison
Suntech
TerraSolar
Trina Solar Energy
Unisolar

N. Case Studies
N.1 DOE/Sandia National Laboratories and Stirling Energy Systems Set New World Record for Solar-to-Grid Conversion Efficiency
N.2 Can Solar Power Function in Space
N.3 TRUenergy to Develop Concentrated Solar Photovoltaic Power Station in Australia
N.4 Hamilton Sundstrand and US Renewables Group Commercialize CSP through SolarReserve
N.5 Glasstech Engineers the Cylindrical Radius Bender - Solar Parabolic Shapes (CRB-S)
N.6 Sopogy Inc. Tests its CSP Technology
N.7 EMCORE Achieves Greatest Conversion Efficiency of Multi-Junction Concentrator Solar Cells

O. Appendix

P. Glossary of Terms


Companies mentioned
Advent Solar
Aleo Solar
American Solar Electric
Amonix
Ascent Solar Technologies
ATERSA
Atlantis Energy
Ausra
AVA Solar
Avancis
BP Solar
BSR Solar Technologies
China Sunergy
Citizenre
Conergy AG
Coolearth Solar
DayStar Technologies
Energy Photovoltaics Inc
ENFRA System SRL
Entech Engineering, Inc
ErSol
E-TON Solar Tech
Evergreen Solar
First Solar, Inc
Free Energy Europe
GE Power
Genertec
Global Solar Energy
Glory Silicon Energy
GT Solar
Helios Technology SRL
HelioVolt
ICP Solar Technologies
International Solar Electric Technology
Isofotón
JA Solar Holdings
Johanna Solar
Konarka Technologies
Kyocera Solar
LDK Solar Co.
Miasole
Moser Baer Photovoltaic
Motech Solar
Nanosolar
Odersun
Phoenix Solar
Photowatt International
PowerLight Corporation
Pyron Solar
Q-Cells
Renewable Energy Corporation
SANYO Electric
Scheuten Solar
Schott Solar
Sharp Solar Energy Systems
Shell Solar
Solarfun Power
Solarion
Solartron Public Company Limited
Solarwatt
SolarWorld
Solel Solar Systems
Solyndra
Spectrolab
Spire Corporation
Stirling Energy Systems
Sun Power Corporation
Sundance Solar Products
SunEdison
Suntech
TerraSolar
Trina Solar Energy
Unisolar

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