Solar Thermal Energy

July 31, 2013

India's Incompetent Bureaucrats cover up their Solar Policy Failures with Lame Excuses

Only 1 Solar Thermal Plant built out of 5 Plants India had allotted 50% of the power target to be generated during Phase 1 of the […]
July 5, 2013

White Elephant Desertec close to a Complete Meltdown

Desertec Project to close down I have always been a big critic of the Desertec project which envisaged building huge solar thermal plants in North Africa […]
June 18, 2013

Indian Solar Thermal Plants in a world of trouble, many of them not to get built

India has awarded 500 MW of solar thermal plants during JNNSM Phase 1, as it gave both solar PV and solar thermal technology an equal boost. […]
February 10, 2012

5 Reasons Why Solar Thermal is becoming Favored Choice for Hybrid Clean Fossil Fuel Power Plants

However Solar Thermal Technology is finding a niche in Hybrid Fossil Fuel Power Plants . The reason that Solar Thermal is gaining traction in Solar Hybrid Plants is 1) They can use the existing Electricity and Transmission Infrastructure of the new Fossil Fuel Plant or the Existing One 2) Solar Thermal Technology in most cases generate Steam which can be used by the Turbines of the Fossil Fuel Plant saving additional costs
July 7, 2011

Advantages and Disadvantages of Solar Thermal Energy (Power Towers,Parabolic Troughs)

Solar Thermal Energy has been losing out in the last couple of years to solar photovoltaic energy which is seeing a huge increase in demand amidst very low prices.Some of the major solar thermal energy projects in the globe have been converted into solar pv installations due to its lower costs.Some of the major solar thermal energy companies like Solar Millennium have sold their solar thermal portfolios to other companies while Stirling Power Systems has gone bankrupt.Tessera has sold its solar thermal plants which had gotten DOE Loan Guarantees in California to Solar Developers who have made these solar thermal plants into solar panel ones.However there are some companies like eSolar and Brightsource Energy which are powering ahead with their technologies and projects with backing from big industrial MNC conglomerates like GE and Areva.Their Power Tower Technologies are supposedly more efficient than the mainstream parabolic toughs that are used.