Posts tagged: Solar thermal energy

New Generation of High-Efficiency Solar Thermal Absorbers Developed

Researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Exeter are one step closer to developing a new generation of low-cost, high-efficiency solar cells. The structure is one of the world’s first examples of a tri-layer metasurface absorber using a carbon interlayer. The system, developed by Chenglong Wang a PhD student in Professor Martin Cryan’s research group, […]

MIT creates graphite ‘solar sponge’ that converts sunlight into steam with 85% efficiency

By Sebastian Anthony   MIT is reporting that it has created a new, cheap material — using a microwave, no less — that converts sunlight into steam with an amazing 85% efficiency. This could have major repercussions in the realms of desalination and sterilization, and perhaps for concentrated solar thermal power generation as well. The […]

Cheap Solar Power—at Night

New solar thermal technologies could address solar power’s intermittency problem. By Kevin Bullis     When the world’s largest solar thermal power plant—in Ivanpah, California—opened earlier this year, it was greeted with skepticism. The power plant is undeniably impressive. A collection of 300,000 mirrors, each the size of a garage door, focus sunlight on three […]

Almost a third of new U.S. electricity came from solar last year

By Katie Fehrenbacher   Solar power crashed its way onto the U.S. power grid last year and is now fundamentally changing the makeup of how energy is being produced and consumed. Essentially, it’s becoming a mainstream power source: According to a new report from the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research, solar power had […]

Tiny Solar Thermal Power Plant Solves Gigantic Salt Problem

Tiny Solar Thermal Power Plant Solves Gigantic Salt Problem (via Clean Technica) We’ve been getting all excited about Ivanpah and Crescent Dunes, two new gigantic concentrating solar thermal projects in California and Nevada. Now let’s turn our attention to a third solar thermal plant at the Panoche Water and Drainage District… Tweet