|Concentrated Solar Power Technologies
Solar power generation technologies have been experiencing strong growth despite the current oil boom and are poised to become a significant part of the future energy mix. Solar power is comprised of two distinct technologies- photovoltaic systems, which directly convert sunlight into electricity and concentrated solar power, which indirectly converts heat captured from the sunlight into energy using conventional turbine technology. Concentrated solar power, while currently representing only a small fraction of the total solar power has claimed an important role for the future with its promise of large scale and proven energy storage. In this newsletter, we take a look at the latest material and process technologies that will drive the future growth of this important technology in becoming a utility-scale, renewable clean energy option to help meet energy demand efficiently in the future.