Steam Generator

The steam generator design selected for the Solar Two project is completely different than the prototype tested at Sandia Laboratories during the technology development activity of the 1980's. The recirculating-drum-type system tested at Sandia performed well. However, at Solar Two, a kettle-boiler design was selected in an attempt to reduce cost. Significant problems have been encountered with this new system during the startup phase at Solar Two, requiring a redesign in many areas. Depending on the success of implementing the design changes, it may be appropriate to re -evaluate the optimum steam generator design before proceeding to the first commercial plant.

Solar Stirling Engine Basics Explained

Solar Stirling Engine Basics Explained

The solar Stirling engine is progressively becoming a viable alternative to solar panels for its higher efficiency. Stirling engines might be the best way to harvest the power provided by the sun. This is an easy-to-understand explanation of how Stirling engines work, the different types, and why they are more efficient than steam engines.

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