Solar thermal electricity in 1998: An IEA/SolarPACES summary of status and future prospects

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Research and development activities sponsored by countries within the International Energy Agency`s solar thermal working group. SolarPACES, have helped reduce the cost of solar thermal systems to one-fifth that of the early pilot plants. Continued technological improvements are currently being proven in next-generation demonstration plants. These advances, along with cost reductions made possible by scale-up to larger production and construction of a succession of power plants, have made solar thermal systems the lowest-cost solar energy in the world and promise cost-competitiveness with fossil-fuel plants in the future. Solar thermal technologies are appropriate for a wide range of applications, including dispatchable ... continued below

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Tyner, C.E.; Kolb, G.J.; Meinecke, W. & Trieb, F. July 1, 1998.

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  • Tyner, C.E.
  • Kolb, G.J. Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)
  • Meinecke, W. Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft- und Raumfahrt, Koeln (Germany)
  • Trieb, F. Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft- und Raumfahrt, Stuttgart (Germany)

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    Publisher Info: Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)
    Place of Publication: Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Research and development activities sponsored by countries within the International Energy Agency`s solar thermal working group. SolarPACES, have helped reduce the cost of solar thermal systems to one-fifth that of the early pilot plants. Continued technological improvements are currently being proven in next-generation demonstration plants. These advances, along with cost reductions made possible by scale-up to larger production and construction of a succession of power plants, have made solar thermal systems the lowest-cost solar energy in the world and promise cost-competitiveness with fossil-fuel plants in the future. Solar thermal technologies are appropriate for a wide range of applications, including dispatchable central-station power plants where they can meet peak-load to near-base-load needs of a utility, and distributed, modular power plants for both remote and grid-connected applications. In this paper, the authors present the collective position of the SolarPACES community on solar electricity-generating technology. They discuss the current status of the technology and likely near-term improvements; the needs of target markets; and important technical and financial issues that must be resolved for success in near-term global markets.

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  • 9. international symposium on solar thermal concentrating technologies, Odeillo (France), 22-26 Jun 1998

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  • Other: DE98003545
  • Report No.: SAND--98-1493C
  • Report No.: CONF-980663--
  • Grant Number: AC04-94AL85000
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 663591
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc707684

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Tyner, C.E.; Kolb, G.J.; Meinecke, W. & Trieb, F. Solar thermal electricity in 1998: An IEA/SolarPACES summary of status and future prospects, article, July 1, 1998; Albuquerque, New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc707684/: accessed December 12, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.