Central Solar Power for the Southwest

Libby, Cara
July 2008
Power Engineering;Jul2008, Vol. 112 Issue 7, p122
Trade Publication
The article presents the results of a U.S.-based study which assessed the feasibility of developing a central station solar power (CSSP) for the Southwest. Based on commercial status, existing level of deployment and readiness for 2011 operation, the study identified three most viable solar technologies: central receiver, parabolic trough and photovoltaic technology. Of the three, parabolic trough was chosen as the best option for the CSSP project due to the low cost of its electric output and its operating flexibility, commercial track record and suitability to large-scale operation.


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