High Temperature Solar Thermal in Australia

Construction of CSIRO's 1.5 million National Solar Energy Technology Centre (NSETC) is underway at its Newcastle Energy facility, where the latest solar thermal technologies will be showcased and involved in CSIRO's ongoing collaborative research into efficient, low emission energy generation. The NSETC will be the only multi-collector facility of its type in Australia and home to the largest high concentration solar array in the Southern Hemisphere. At peak operation it will generate enough...

The IEA SolarPACES Implementing Agreement

SolarPACES is an international cooperative organization bringing together teams of national experts from around the world to focus on the development and marketing of concentrating solar power systems (also known as solar thermal power systems). It is one of a number of collaborative programs managed under the umbrella of the International Energy Agency to help find solutions to worldwide energy problems. What kind of work does SolarPACES do Technology development is at the core of the work of...

Parabolic Trough Concentrators

Parabolic Trough System

The simplest parabolic concentrating system is the parabolic trough concentrator. These systems are parabolic only in one dimension and form a long parabolic shaped trough as shown in figure 2. Although the trough arrangement is mechanically simpler than two-dimensional systems, which require more complex tracking systems, the concentrating factor is lower. Tracking systems are required in these systems to ensure that the maximum amount of sunlight enters the concentrating system. Trough...