Solar thermal power technologies are in different stages of development. Trough technology is commercially available today, with 354 MW currently operating in the Mojave Desert in California. Power towers are in the demonstratio n phase, with the 10 MW Solar Two pilot plant located in Barstow, CA., currently undergoing at least two years of testing and power production. Dish/engine technology has been demonstrated. Several system designs are under engineering development, a 25 kW prototype unit is on display in Golden, CO, and five to eight second-generation systems ar e scheduled for field validation in 1998. Solar thermal power technologies have distinct features that make the m attractive energy options in the expanding renewable energy market worldwide. Comprehensive reviews of the sola r thermal electric technologies are offered in References 1 and 2.

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