Solar Thermal

Spanish Solar Plant Produces Electricity for 24 Hours Straight

Jul 8th, 2011 | By John Waller | Category: Solar Thermal, Top Story

While Americans celebrated U.S. history on the Fourth of July yesterday, a company in Spain celebrated an historic moment for the solar industry: Torresol’s 19.9 MW concentrating solar power plant became the first ever to generate uninterrupted electricity for 24 hours straight. The plant uses a Power Tower design which features a field of 2,650 [...]



New York’s Solar Thermal Plans

Jul 30th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: Solar Thermal, Top Story

By unveiling a solar heating and cooling programme that could create 25,000 new green jobs, generate US$2.6 billion in revenue and see 2 GW of new solar thermal capacity installed in the state over the next decade, New York has revealed its ambition to become America’s national leader in solar heating and cooling. Thermal storage is also an area that, if effectively solved, would allow for additional advancement of the industry



Morocco’s new Solar Project to Generate 2000MWs

Apr 17th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: North Africa and Middle East, Solar Thermal, Top Story

Morocco is a North African country with no oil reserves. But nature has endowed this country with another bounty i.e. over 3000 hours of sunshine per year. Now they are aiming to undertake an ambitious plan of producing 40% of their energy needs via solar energy. They will spend $9 billion to generate 2000MWs of [...]



California Proposes First Renewable Energy Storage Requirements

Mar 7th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: Energy and Environment, Solar PV, Solar Thermal, Top Story, Wind Power

California Attorney General Jerry Brown has announced a completely new kind of renewable energy legislation, introduced by State Assembly member Nancy Skinner (D) – designed to add more renewable energy storage to the grid. You’ve heard of Renewable Energy Standards. These are (state level only, so far) rules that require that electric utilities add more [...]



Saudi Arabia to Replace Oil with Sun Power for Desalination Plants

Feb 1st, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: Solar Thermal

You would imagine that a desert country like Saudi Arabia would have to rely a lot on desalination for a good part of the fresh water it uses. For example, a previous Green Prophet article told about the Kingdom building what they say is the world’s largest desalination plant  in the Al Jubail Industrial Zone [...]



eSolar Licenses Technology for China’s First Solar Thermal Plant

Jan 12th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: Solar Thermal

Concentrating solar power (CSP) company eSolar has licensed its technology to Penglai Electric, a privately-owned Chinese electrical power equipment manufacturer, for the building of at least 2 gigawatts (GW) of solar thermal power plants in China over the next 10 years. The deal was signed in the Chinese State Council building with government officials in [...]



Largest Solar Tower Plant Begins Operation

Sep 24th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Solar Thermal, Top Story

Seville, 23 September 2009 – Their Majesties, Don Juan Carlos and Doña Sofía, today presided over the inauguration of Abengoa’s PS20 solar plant, the largest commercial solar tower plant in the world, located at the Solúcar Platform in Sanlúcar la Mayor, Seville. The event was attended by the President of the Regional Government of Andalusia, [...]



12 Companies Plan Establishment of the Desertec Industrial Initiative

Jul 13th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: North Africa and Middle East, Solar Thermal

Munich – 12 companies today signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Munich to establish a DESERTEC Industrial Initiative (DII). The objective of this initiative is to analyse and develop the technical, economic, political, social and ecological framework for carbon-free power generation in the deserts of North Africa. The DESERTEC concept, developed by the TREC Initiative [...]



‘Cardboard cooker’ wins climate prize

Apr 9th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Solar Thermal

A new solar-powered cooker fashioned from cardboard boxes has won a prize that will fund its manufacture for use across the developing world. The “Kyoto Box” consists of two cardboard boxes — one inside the other — with an acrylic lid that traps heat from the sun, acting as a hob. Black paint, foil and [...]