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Concentrated Solar Power

Concentrated Solar Power

The number of Concentrated Solar Power Plant (CSPP) around the world has been increasing in the last few years. CSP technology has proved to be reliable and has accumulated a lot of hours of operation. Governments of several countries have supported the adoption of CSP power plants. This renewable power generation technology, Concentrated Solar Power Plant, has been adopted at full by power generation companies around the world.

TGPS has experience conducting the thermal performance test of CSP power plants.

Concentrated Solar Performance

TGPS conducts the concentrated solar performance test in projects using this innovative technology. . We have experience in some of the biggest concentrated solar power plants in the world. This technology has a fast adoption due to the capability to generate electricity 24/7 plants. The importance of being able to store thermal energy for long periods of time is crucial for the profitability of the project.

Our team  follows the ASME, ISO and DIN test protocols. These protocols are universally accepted as methods to measure concentrated solar efficiency in a reliable manner.

TGPS holds a large amount of precision testing instrumentation to evaluate concentrated solar performance. These instruments are used to reduced the performance testing uncertainty of the concentrated solar efficiency results.

CSP with Thermal Storage

As prices for Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) with thermal energy storage dropped in 2017, the current prices  could allow CSP to compete with traditional thermal power in supplying dispatchable electricity.

The storage demonstrated the ability of CSP to add valuable dispatch time to the grid, which helps integrate and balance a large supply of various renewable generation technologies on the electrical grid system.

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TGPS conducted the performance test in SolarReserve’s 110 MW Crescent Dunes thermosolar power plant. This project was completed in 2015 and is the largest molten-salt power tower CSP plant in commercial operation in the world.

Concentrated Solar Power

CSP technologies use mirrors to reflect and concentrate sunlight onto receivers that collect solar energy and convert it to heat. Thermal energy can then be used to produce electricity via a turbine or heat engine driving a generator. Because CSP technologies collect solar energy and convert it to thermal energy that can be stored before powering a generator, they can be used either as a flexible provider of electricity, such as a natural gas “peaker” plant, or as a baseload source of electricity similar to a traditional nuclear or coal plant. CSP can also be deployed as fossil-fuel backup/hybridization that allows existing fossil fuel projects to run cleaner while operating at the same or lower cost. In the United States alone, between 11 and 21 gigawatts of CSP could be built and integrated into existing fossil fuel plants in the United States to reduce their carbon emissions – that’s enough electricity to power to between 3 million and 6 million homes.

Concentrating solar power systems are generally used for utility-scale projects. The mirrors in CSP plants focus sunlight onto a receiver that heats a high-temperature fluid, which is used to spin a turbine or power an engine that drives a generator. The final product is electricity.

Smaller CSP systems can be located directly where power is needed. For example, single dish/engine systems can produce 3 to 25 kilowatts of power and are well suited for distributed applications.

There are several varieties of CSP systems. Learn more about:


Why is Power Plant Efficiency Important?

Power Plant Efficiency is directly correlated to the business sustainability in terms of financial performance and long-term feasibility.

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