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Concentrating Solar Technology

  • By: Gavin D. J. Harper
  • In: Green Technology: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: Dustin Mulvaney
  • Subject:Environmental Sciences (general), Environmental Technology, Policy & Management

Concentrating solar technology refers to a family of different solar technologies that employ either a mirrored or lensed surface to reflect or focus the sun's beams to a central element, from where the solar energy is extracted. This technology can be deployed on a variety of scales, from small, roof-mounted units where both concentrator and receiver are integrated into the device to massive arrays of mirrors focusing light onto a heliostat (central collector).

The basic technology of concentrating solar power can be deployed in a variety of ways using different technology pathways that are explained below.

Economics of Concentrating Solar Power

Concentrating solar power (CSP) may be one technology pathway that can reduce the cost of solar power and ease its deployment on a much larger scale. As ...

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