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Renewable Energy Essentials: Concentrating Solar Thermal Power (2010)

Submitted by Todd Costello on January 31, 2011

This document was created by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in 2010. It explains the background and basics of concentrating solar thermal power (CSP), and has an introduction explaining the current market status and trends.

It discusses the economics of CSP, including generation costs, investment costs and displays it by how much it costs per Watt to create state-of-the-art trough plants. It gives an outlook for growth, as well as barriers.

The document concludes by mentioning environmental impacts and R&D priorities, including direct steam generation to increase the overall efficiency, as well as tower design.

Author: International Energy Agency

Date: 2010

Pages: 4

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